With only one day left for candidates to file for the November elections, online filing records at the offices of the Alameda and Contra Costa Registrar of Voters indicate that not many have yet taken the plunge.
In the most anticipated local race, Alameda County Social Services Agency Civil Rights Analyst Darleen Brooks, the sister of Oakland City Councilmember Desley Brooks, has yet to take out filing papers against incumbent Peralta Community College Marcie Hodge, despite the fact that Brooks had earlier signaled her intention to run and held at least one fundraising event earlier this year.
Alameda–Contra Costa Transit District
Three seats on the board are up for re-election: At Large and Wards 1 and 2.
In the At Large race, incumbent and Board President Chris Peeples and challenger Joyce Roy, a retired Oakland architect and transportation advocate, have both taken out filing papers but have yet to turn them in.
That is the same situation in Ward 1 (Emeryville, Piedmont and portions of Berkeley and Oakland), where incumbent and former Emeryville Mayor Greg Harper has taken out filing papers along with challengers James Muhammad and Will D. Scott. Oakland paralegal Muhammad is going for the AC Transit trifecta. In 2004, he came in a distant third against Peeples (69.3 percent to 9.8 percent) for one At Large seat; in 2006, he was overwhelmed by Rebecca Kaplan (82.3 percent to 16.9 percent) for the other At Large seat. No information could be obtained about Scott by deadline.
In Ward 1 (El Sobrante, San Pablo, Richmond, Albany and Kensington), no challengers have yet surfaced against incumbent employment specialist Joe Wallace of Richmond, who has taken out filing papers in Contra Costa County but has not yet turned them in.
Bay Area Rapid Transit District
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).
In Ward 3 (Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Kensington, and a portion of Berkeley, Oakland, Castro Valley and Hayward), no challengers have yet surfaced against incumbent Bob Franklin, who has taken out filing papers but not yet turned them in.
In Ward 7 (Albany, Richmond, Emeryville, San Pablo, and El Cerrito and a portion of Berkeley, Oakland, El Sobrante and San Francisco), incumbent Lynette Sweet has qualified for the ballot, but no challengers have surfaced as yet.
East Bay Municipal Utility District
Two seats are up for re-election on the EBMUD Board.
In Ward 5 (Alameda and San Lorenzo as well as West Oakland and the Oakland Airport Area and a portion of San Leandro), incumbent Doug Linney has taken out filing papers but has not yet turned them in, as is the case with challengers Susi Ostlund and Alameda City Councilmember Lena Tam.
In Ward 6 (East Oakland south of Park Blvd/5th Avenue to the San Leandro boundary) incumbent William Patterson has qualified for the November ballot, while potential challenger Bob Feinbaum, an environmental executive, has taken out filing papers but not yet turned them in.
Peralta Community College District
Four seats are up for re-election to the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees: Areas 1, 2, 4, and 6.
In Area 1 (Alameda and a portion of Oakland), incumbent Bill Withrow has qualified for the ballot, with no challengers.
In Area 2 (portions of Oakland), incumbent Marcie Hodge may face a challenge from community activist Marlon McWilson. Neither candidate has yet turned in filing papers.
In Area 4 (Albany, Emeryville, and portions of Berkeley), incumbent Nicky Gonzalez Yuen has qualified for the ballot with no challengers as yet. That is the same situation for Area 6 (portions of Berkeley and Oakland) and incumbent Cy Gulassa.