Stewart Chen

Stewart Chen, Jim Oddie and Frank Matarrese are running for two open City Council seats. Photos provided by the candidates.

A legislative staffer who has served on several local committees and a pair of city councilmen – one incumbent and one former – are vying for two open City Council seats this fall.

Incumbent City Councilman Stewart Chen, who joined the council in 2012, faces former Councilman Frank Matarrese and Jim Oddie, whose has served as chair of Alameda’s Open Government Commission and as a member of the city’s America’s Cup Ad Hoc Committee, on the November ballot.

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It seems Alameda’s firefighter and teacher unions aren’t the only groups seeking to influence this fall’s races. The leaders of Harbor Bay Neighbors – the community group fighting developer Ron Cowan’s (now stalled) proposal to build 80 luxury homes where the Harbor Bay Club now sits and (still in motion) plan to build a new one a few miles away – say they intend to “support candidates for Mayor and City Council that support us.”

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Alameda voters will be faced with low turnout on their local ballots this fall, with a pair of candidates running for mayor and three candidates in the race for two open council seats.

School board trustee Trish Herrera Spencer’s late-breaking decision to run for mayor dashed what would otherwise have been a coronation for incumbent Marie Gilmore, who bested four challengers when she ran for the open mayor’s seat in 2010.

Meanwhile, incumbent councilman Stewart Chen will run for a four-year term in the fall, against former councilman Frank Matarrese and Jim Oddie, an aide to Assemblyman Rob Bonta.

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City Councilman Stewart Chen’s resume omits a potentially embarrassing episode.

Candidates for an array of local races are beginning to stake their claims for a place on the November ballot.

Four people with more than a century’s combined experience in different aspects of the health care field have applied to fill out the second half of former Alameda Health Care District Board member Stewart Chen’s four-year term, in the wake of Chen’s ascension into a City Council seat.

Lynn Bratchett, Shubha Fanse, Terrie L. Kurrasch and Tracy Lynn Jensen have all applied to fill Chen’s seat on the board, which oversees Alameda Hospital. A replacement for Chen is expected to be picked on January 28.