Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan has served the past seven years as the lone female voice on the rough and tumble Board of Supervisors. On Thursday, Chan issued her support for the candidate who is currently the lone woman in the race for the wide-open Alameda County supervisorial race in District 1.
Chan announced her endorsement of Dublin Vice-Mayor Melissa Hernandez for the seat currently occupied by Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty. The long-time supervisor announced last June that he would not seek re-election in 2020.
“Melissa has proven to be an extremely effective leader on important issues such as transportation, affordable housing, and budget,” Chan said.
“Alameda is a large and extremely diverse county, and Melissa not only brings an incredible perspective to the Board with her background as the child of migrant farm workers, she brings proven results as a thoughtful policy maker and consensus builder.”
Including Hernandez, three other candidates are currently competing for the Board of Supervisors seat representing Fremont, Dublin, Livermore, and Sunol.
They include state Sen. Bob Wieckowski, Dublin Mayor David Haubert, and Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon.
Four of the five Board of Supervisors seats have been held by men since Nadia Lockyer resigned in April 2012. Chan has served District 3 since 2011, her second stint on the board.
The filing deadline for the March 2020 primary race is Dec. 6. If a candidate fails to reach a simple majority after the primary, a run-off election will be held in November 2020.