Oakland Mayor's Race Heats Up 

Councilmember Libby Schaaf likely will run against Jean Quan at a time when the mayor is enjoying some successes. But will progressive voters care?

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As a result, Kaplan might not feel compelled to run for mayor next year — unless polling results over the next several months reveal that she has nothing to lose. If polls, for example, show Quan defeating Schaaf and Tuman, then it's a safe bet that Kaplan won't run. But if Schaaf or Tuman is ahead in the polls, then look for Kaplan to get in the race — otherwise she might have to wait until 2022 to become mayor.

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