A Primer on East Bay Races for the November Election

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Saturday July 26, 2008 - 08:46:00 PM

While hotly contested elections are expected for Berkeley city and school board positions, Berkeley is not the only area of Alameda County where November voting will take place. 

A preliminary run-down of the offices up for grabs in the Daily Planet’s area: 


There’s a run-off between AC Transit At-Large Board Member Rebecca Kaplan and Oakland School Board member Kerry Hamill for the at-large Oakland City Council seat being vacated by Henry Chang. Kaplan beat Hamill 40.8 percent to 21.8 percent in the initial round of voting last June. 


Three seats on the board are up for re-election: at-large and Wards 1 and 2. A contest is already expected for the at-large seat, where retired Oakland architect and transportation advocate Joyce Roy has announced plans to challenge incumbent and Board President Chris Peeples.  

Employment specialist Joe Wallace of Richmond is the incumbent in Ward 1, which takes in portions of Berkeley and the cities of El Sobrante, San Pablo, Richmond, Albany, and Kensington. Former Emeryville mayor Greg Harper is the incumbent in Ward 2, which takes in Emeryville, Piedmont, and portions of Berkeley and Oakland. 


Two seats on the BART Board are up for re-election in the Daily Planet area: Wards 3 and 7 (a third seat, Ward 5, is outside the Daily Planet area).  

Former BART financial department employee Bob Franklin is the incumbent in Ward 3, which takes in the cities of Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Kensington, and a portion of Berkeley, Oakland, Castro Valley and Hayward, and includes the BART stations of Downtown Berkeley, North Berkeley, Rockridge, Bay Fair, Hayward, and San Leandro.  

Bank Manager Lynette Sweet is the incumbent in Ward 7, which includes the cities of Albany, Richmond, Emeryville, San Pablo, and El Cerrito and a portion of Berkeley, Oakland, El Sobrante, and San Francisco. BART Stations included in Ward 7 are Ashby, El Cerrito Del Norte, El Cerrito Plaza, MacArthur, Richmond, West Oakland, 12th Street/Oakland City Center, 19th Street, Embarcadero, and Montgomery. 


Two seats (Wards 5 and 6) are up for re-election on the EBMUD Board. Public relations executive Doug Linney is the incumbent in Ward 5, which is comprised of the cities of Alameda and San Lorenzo as well as West Oakland and the Oakland Airport Area and a portion of San Leandro. Oakland community and business activist William Patterson is the incumbent in Ward 6, which takes in East Oakland south of Park Blvd./5th Ave. to the San Leandro boundary. 


Four seats are up for re-election to the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees: Areas 1, 2, 4, and 6. At least one contested race is expected, with Alameda County Social Services Agency Civil Rights Analyst Darleen Brooks challenging Area 2 incumbent Marcie Hodge.  

Area 2 takes in portions of Oakland. Former Alameda Mayor Bill Withrow is the incumbent in Area 1, which includes Alameda and a portion of Oakland. Nicky Gonzalez Yuen is the incumbent in Area 4, which includes Albany, Emeryville, and portions of Berkeley.  

Cy Gulassa is the incumbent in Area 6, which includes portions of Berkeley and Oakland.