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Election Watch: Update on Local Candidates

The city council and school board races are shaping up to be quite competitive.

Election Watch: Update on Local Candidates

More potential candidates have taken out nomination papers in local races since our last update on the Nov. 6, 2012 election.

Joana Darc Weber and Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft have entered the race, where two — potentially three — seats are up for grabs.

The terms of current Councilmembers Doug deHaan and Beverly Johson expire in December 2012. In addition, Councilmember Rob Bonta is a candidate for the 18th Assembly District seat. If he wins that race, the third-place finisher would serve the remainder of Bonta's city council term, which expires in December 2014.

Weber and Ashcraft join Jeff Cambra, Dr. Stewart Chen, Tony Daysog and Leland Traiman, who took out nomination papers earlier. No city council candidate to date has filed those papers, the next step in the process of being listed on the ballot.

In other city races, both "Kevins," incumbent City Auditor Kevin Kearney and incumbent City Treasurer Kevin Kennedy, have taken out nomination papers. Kearney became the first local candidate to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot after filing his papers last week.

School Board

Jon G. Murphy is the most recent potential candidate to pull papers for an Alameda Unified School District Board of Trustees seat. He joins incumbents Ron Mooney, Patricia "Trish" Herrera Spencer and Niel Tam, all with terms expiring this year, and challengers Michael J. Robles-Wong, Dennis Lee Spencer and Leland Traiman.

City of Alameda Healthcare District

Incumbent J. Michael McCormick and challenger Leland Traiman have taken out nomination papers for the two available seats. The district operates Alameda Hospital.

Peralta Community College District

Bill Withrow, the incumbent trustee for Area 1, which includes Alameda and a small portion of Oakland, has pulled nomination papers to seek reelection.

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