Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Oakland Election Wrap: Kaplan, Parker, and Reid Win, Plus More

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 9:56 AM

As we reported last night, Oakland Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan and City Attorney Barbara Parker won reelection, easily defeating Councilmembers Ignacio De La Fuente and Jane Brunner, respectively. Kaplan won by more than 20 percentage points in ranked-choice tabulations, while Parker won by a whopping 35 points. Longtime Councilman Larry Reid also won reelection in a landslide, defeating challenger Sheryl Walton by nearly 30 points in District 7, East Oakland.

Other city council winners included candidate Lynette Gibson-McElhaney in District 3, West Oakland-Downtown, and school board member Noel Gallo in council District 5, Fruitvale-Glenview. In ranked-choice voting tallies, Gibson-McElhaney defeated Sean Sullivan, 53.8 percent to 46.2 percent, and Gallo beat Mario Juarez 57.4 percent to 42.6 percent. The council District 1 race, North Oakland, is still too close call between Dan Kalb (52.2 percent) and Amy Lemley (47.8 percent), although Kalb's lead will be tough to overcome.

In school board races, board President Jody London won in a landslide in North Oakland, defeating challenger Thearse Pecot, 76.2 percent to 23.5 percent. Incumbent Jumoke Hinton Hodge also won easily over challenger Richard Fuentes in District 3, West Oakland-Downtown, 61.1 percent to 38.9 percent, in ranked-choice tabulations.

In District 5, Fruitvale-Glenview, Rosie Torres defeated Mike Hutchinson 54.4 percent to 45.4 percent. And in District 7, East Oakland, challenger James Harris beat incumbent Alice Spearman, 56.8 percent to 42.8 percent.

Measure J, the Oakland schools infrastructure bond, won easily, garnering 83.6 percent of the vote. It needed 55 percent to pass.

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