OAKLAND MAYOR PREVIEW: A Winner By A Nose

Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan and Jean Quan with A's co-owner Lew Wolff last summer.MEET THE CANDIDATES This time four years ago, Jean Quan was viewed as the underdog to Don Perata. She erased a nine-point margin after the first round of the ranked choice voting race to upend the former State Senate pro tem. Mayor Quan … Continue reading OAKLAND MAYOR PREVIEW: A Winner By A Nose

SD10 PREVIEW: An Easy Dem Win Today, With Hints of a GOP Revival Later

Democrat Bob Wieckowski and Republican Peter Kuo.MEET THE CANDIDATES After serving two terms in the State Assembly’s 25th District, Bob Wieckowski is looking to take the next step to the upper house of the Legislature. The 10th District’s latest boundaries followed redistricting that eliminated State Sen. Ellen Corbett’s seat following her being termed out this year. … Continue reading SD10 PREVIEW: An Easy Dem Win Today, With Hints of a GOP Revival Later

ELECTION PREVIEW: CA15 and the Best of the Rest in the East Bay

Hugh Bussell and Rep. Eric SwalwellTHE CANDIDATES After upsetting 40-year Congressman Pete Stark in 2012, Rep. Eric Swalwell is seeking re-election for the first time. Last June, Republican Hugh Bussell, meanwhile, may have scored an even bigger upset than Swalwell’s. Absolutely, nobody, including Bussell, himself, believed he would nab the second spot in the General … Continue reading ELECTION PREVIEW: CA15 and the Best of the Rest in the East Bay

ALAMEDA ELECTION PREVIEW: On Point

Clockwise: Mayoral candidates Trish Spencer and Marie Gilmore. City Council candidates Jim Oddie Stewart Chen and Frank Matarrese.MEET THE CANDIDATES Alameda has one of the more intriguing mayoral races in the East Bay. Two legitimate candidates with compelling counter arguments when it comes to development on the island. Mayor Marie Gilmore is seeking re-election this … Continue reading ALAMEDA ELECTION PREVIEW: On Point

AD16 PREVIEW: If You’ve Got the Money, Honey, I’ve Got the Time

Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti and Tri Valley attorney Catharine Baker.MEET THE CANDIDATES Catherine Baker, you are the only hope for Republicans in the East Bay on Nov. 4. The first-time candidate is not only the local party’s best prospect, but also one in the only conceivable area that could elect a Republican. The Contra Costa … Continue reading AD16 PREVIEW: If You’ve Got the Money, Honey, I’ve Got the Time

SAN LEANDRO ELECTION PREVIEW: A New Hope?

San Leandro mayoral candidates Councilmember Pauline Cutter, Bal Theater owner Dan Dillman and Councilmember Diana Souza.THE CANDIDATES When Mayor Stephen Cassidy made the surprising announcement that he would not seek re-election after just one term; you would expect a series of musical chairs following the major recalculation of the city’s politics. But, this did not … Continue reading SAN LEANDRO ELECTION PREVIEW: A New Hope?

AD20 PREVIEW: Quirk in Cruise Control

Assemblymember Bill Quirk and Union City Human Relations Commissioner Jaime Patino.MEET THE CANDIDATES Four years ago, Bill Quirk was the favorite to follow two-terms on the Hayward City Council with a seat in the Assembly. By Election Day, the race tightened significantly with Quirk winning by one of the smallest margins in the 2012 General … Continue reading AD20 PREVIEW: Quirk in Cruise Control

AD18 PREVIEW: GOP’s Sacrificial Lamb

Assemblymember Rob Bonta, left, defeated David Erlich by 70 percentage points in the June Primary. They meet again in November. PHOTO/Steven TavaresMEET THE CANDIDATES Rob Bonta won this seat two years ago by only more than a thousand votes. This time around his campaign has even bothered to put up campaign signs. That doesn’t imply … Continue reading AD18 PREVIEW: GOP’s Sacrificial Lamb

AD15 Preview: A Powder Keg Waiting to be Lit by Special Interests

MEET THE CANDIDATES Elizabeth Echols has never held elected office, but she has experience at the federal level. She served at the helm of the west coast region of the  U.S. Small Business Administration, appointed by President Barack Obama. Echols, however, doesn’t have much of a toe hold locally, but she is viewed as the … Continue reading AD15 Preview: A Powder Keg Waiting to be Lit by Special Interests