Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks, notorious to many in Oakland politics and beyond, but once beloved by the East Oakland district she has represented for 16 years, was voted out of office on an Election Night that also removed one of her colleagues from the council.
Brooks was trounced by Loren Taylor after ranked choice voting tabulations were run early Wednesday morning. Taylor won 39 percent of first-place votes to Brooks’ 27 percent.
But after five rounds of tabulations, the lead grew to a sizable 61.51 percent advantage for Taylor. Brooks finished with 38.49 percent, although ballots still remain to be counted.
During a night when incumbents all over the East Bay were unceremoniously voted out of office, Brooks’ long list of transgressions and allegation apparently finally caught up with her following an incident that resulted in taxpayers paying $2.1 million in damages.
Tuesday’s results mean the Oakland City Council will welcome three new members for the second time six years. Along with Taylor, Nikki Fortunato Bas upset District 2 incumbent Abel Guillen, and a new member from District 4 is also assured.