During a re-election campaign in 2016 that, in hindsight, only appeared difficult, Alameda County Supervisor said he would likely not run again in 2020 for the District 4 seat he has securely held for nearly two decades.
In an interview last week, Miley said he’s reversing his past declaration and, instead, will seek another four-year term in the March 2020 primary.
“I’m running for another term,” he said, but similar to three years ago, assuming he wins re-election, Miley added, “I don’t think I’m going to serve past 2024.”
Miley turned 68-years-old last week, but doesn’t feel like he’s lost of step as a county supervisor, an elected office that is viewed as the most difficult in terms of complexity and time in all of Alameda County.
“I have a family, other things I want to do. I have grandkids now,” he said of his future plans four years from now.
District 4 includes parts of East Oakland, unincorporated Castro Valley, and Pleasanton.
In 2016, Miley faced his most challenging re-election campaign since joining the Board of Supervisors. In the race with former Oakland mayoral candidate Bryan Parker, a challenger who was able to match the incumbent’s fundraising prowess, Miley appeared greatly concerned by the upstart campaign. Miley responded by later launching into attack mode during the final weeks of the June primary.
But the late flurry of activity by Miley either significantly altered the outcome of the race in his favor or represented a major overreaction. Miley won by almost 25 points.
At this time, there appears no significant challenger to Miley on the horizon for next year. Some rumors have persisted in recent month and involve potential candidates from the Oakland portion of the district.