Trish Spencer plots a return to the Alameda City Council

Alameda's Trish Herrera Spencer was the self-proclaimed "people's mayor," but voters dismissed her from office two years ago after just one term. Perhaps, this fall Spencer is hoping to rebrand herself as the "people's councilmember"? Spencer pulled papers earlier this month to run for one of two at-large seats this November on the Alameda City … Continue reading Trish Spencer plots a return to the Alameda City Council

Six to challenge Eric Swalwell in March primary; Khanna faces candidate critical of his stance toward Pakistan

By now, Rep. Eric Swalwell's image on any cable news network over the past three years has greatly raised his profile in a mostly positive manner. But there is a flip-side to his ubiquity in the public eye. Six candidates will challenge his re-election in the 15th Congressional District next March. They include three Democrats, … Continue reading Six to challenge Eric Swalwell in March primary; Khanna faces candidate critical of his stance toward Pakistan

San Leandro: Incumbents up for re-election help vote down restrictions for becoming vice-mayor

Last fall, San Leandro Councilmember Deborah Cox sailed to re-election. The result was expected in a race that again displayed the power of the incumbency. But some believed Cox had another notable advantage during last year's election cycle after being named vice-mayor. The position is ceremonial and holds no power other than replacing the mayor … Continue reading San Leandro: Incumbents up for re-election help vote down restrictions for becoming vice-mayor

No. Scott Haggerty is not running for re-election, he just likes chili

For months Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty looked and sounded a little less rambunctious than normal. Last May, he surprised many by announcing he would step down next year as District 1 county supervisor. But a flyer promoting his annual chili cook-off re-election fundraiser on July 26 is throwing people for a loop. Haggerty has … Continue reading No. Scott Haggerty is not running for re-election, he just likes chili

Wieckowski drops out of congressional race after less than a month

State Sen. Bob Wieckowksi's campaign for Congress is over before it even started after he announced his exit on Friday from the race for Rep. Eric Swalwell's seat in the 15th Congressional District. Wieckowski told The Mercury News, “After much thought and review of the political landscape, I know I can best serve our community … Continue reading Wieckowski drops out of congressional race after less than a month

Swalwell won’t seek re-election to Congress if he runs for president

Rep. Eric Swalwell's ambitions have always run high beginning with his upset of Pete Stark six years ago. With Swalwell's presidential aspirations building for months, even years, he told the Washington Post Friday that he will not seek re-election to his East Bay congressional seat if he indeed announces a run for president in 2020. In … Continue reading Swalwell won’t seek re-election to Congress if he runs for president

Rumors of Quirk’s retirement are greatly exaggerated

Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk's move to Union City last year and profligate spending for a re-election campaign that faced token opposition raised questions last fall for many in the district who suspected the long-time official was signaling an end to service in public office. "Not retiring yet," Quirk wrote in an email to the East … Continue reading Rumors of Quirk’s retirement are greatly exaggerated

HAYWARD: Halliday wins another term as mayor; Lamnin, Wahab win council seats

Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday is a winner again. She continued a personal electoral winning streak Tuesday night spanning more than a decade, by registering a resounding re-election victory over Councilmember Mark Salinas. Halliday's second term as mayor will include Councilmember Sara Lamnin, who also won re-election Tuesday night, along with a new colleague--Aisha Wahab, the … Continue reading HAYWARD: Halliday wins another term as mayor; Lamnin, Wahab win council seats

OAKLAND: Pamela Price is running for mayor

Pamela Price ran a spirited campaign for Alameda County DA that ended less than two months ago. She is the 14th candidate to file papers to challenge Libby Schaaf.

Kenzie Smith, target of BBQ Becky, is running for Abel Guillén’s council seat

#BBQ Becky. Oakland Parks & Rec Commission. Up next: Oakland City Council?

For two weeks, Kaplan was running for Oakland mayor, then she wasn’t

Campaign filings this week show that Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan opened a committee to begin fundraising for a run at Oakland mayor. Two weeks later she dropped out. What happened?