Election Day may feel like a distant memory for weary voters and candidates who lived through a lengthy campaign season, but the closing of the polls heralded a fresh round of ballot counting for elections officials – votes that could determine the fate of some close races. Read more >> about Late ballots equal extra wait on close contests
Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta appears to be headed to the state Assembly, with Peralta Community College District trustee Abel Guillen conceding the race. With over 100,000 late absentee ballots counted since the polls closed on Election Day and more provisional ballots tallied Monday, the lead Bonta has held since vote tallying began stood at 70,745 votes, or 51.09 percent, to Guillen's 67,716 votes, or 48.91 percent. Read more >> about GUILLEN CONCEDES; BONTA APPEARS HEADED TO ASSEMBLY
Tony Daysog raised only a fraction of the money some of his opponents in the City Council race did. So he decided to invest some sweat equity into his campaign, knocking on doors all across the Island. The strategy appears to have paid off for the urban planner and former City Councilman, who will be returning to the dais after securing a second-place finish in Tuesday’s contest.
Updated at 1:03 a.m. Wednesday, November 8 to reflect full precinct count
School board Trustee Trish Herrera Spencer led a pack of eight candidates to keep her seat despite robocalls that questioned her record.
With nearly all of the precincts counted, Spencer had taken 9,966 votes, or 21.34 percent of the ballots cast and counted. Barbara Kahn, an 83-year-old retired social worker who recently rekindled her activism on school issues, was in second place with 7,907 votes or 16.93 percent of the ballots cast. Read more >> about Spencer, Kahn and Tam are school board heirs apparent
Alameda Health Care District Board incumbents Mike McCormick and Jordan Battani beat challengers in a Tuesday night race that may determine the future of Alameda’s only hospital. The hospital lost approximately $1.9 million this fiscal year despite bringing in more than $6 million in annual revenue from a parcel tax approved by voters in 2002, and its financial sustainability is uncertain. Read more >> about McCormick, Battani keep hospital board seats
Some local political candidates and their supporters offered fresh disclosures detailing late contributions and spending last week, while a handful of others offered a late accounting of the contributions they have received.
Candidates are required to detail contributions received between October 1 and October 20 and outside groups, expenditures in a report due October 25, though those who raise less than $1,000 are exempted from the requirement. Contributions and expenditures of $1,000 or more than occur after October 20 are to be reported within 24 hours until Election Day. Read more >> about Contributions, spending continue as local races enter final stretch
Alameda’s teacher and firefighter unions have opened their checkbooks for local candidates over the past several weeks, spending more than $30,000 on campaign literature and lawn signs for the candidates they support, newly filed campaign disclosures show. Read more >> about Unions open checkbooks for local races