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San Leandro Political Season Officially Opens

Obama, Romney, move aside. The period for filing city council and school board election bids opens today and closes August 10. Who would like you like to see run?

 

It's open season for politics in San Leandro.

The nomination period for city council candidates opened at 8:30 a.m. today and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10.

To qualify, a candidate must obtain the signatures of at least 20, but not more than 30, registered voters in his or her district.

Feel like being part of the solution? The city has posted details on how to run.

Council contests

Three city council positions are up for grabs.

Ursula Reed will defend her seat against Dan Dillman and Morgan-Mack Rose.

The departure of Joyce Starosciak leaves an open seat. Darlene Daevu, Chris Crow and Benny Lee want to replace her.

Jim Prola must also seek re-election. As of Friday no one had started raising money to run against him. Prola told Patch he already has several thousand dollars in his campaign fund to defend his seat if a challenger steps forward.

Other candidates for any of these contests could still surface until August 10.

School Board elections

Four of the seven positions on the San Leandro Unified School District Board of Trustees will be on the November 6 ballot. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters is in charge of that race.

The school system is divided into six districts. The map above shows their boundaries. Candidates must live in the district they seek to represent but that are elected at large.

The seventh member of the board of trustees is an at large member who can live anywhere within the confines of the school district.

Morgan Mack-Rose is the current at-large trustee. Her seat will be open in November.

Three other trustee seats will be on the November election.

Incumbent Hermy Almonte will seek re-election to his area one seat.

Incumbent Diana Prola will seek re-election to her area five seat.

The seat now held by Carmen Sullivan, trustee for area three, is also on the November ballot. Sullivan has not yet told Patch whether she will seek re-election.

So far Almonte and Prola are the only known candidates.

For complete coverage visit our San Leandro November Election Guide.

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Paul Vargas July 17, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Too bad John Palau doesn't run against Prola. At least Palau has intelligence.
Craig Williams July 28, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I thought Heidie Finberg might run against Prola from her houseboat docked at the Marina? The Reed race has two attractive full figured women running against each other . Brings out the Renior in me. Dan is full figured as well. I'm suprised the San Leandro Community Action Network which came to town pledging to eliminate racism is going after the only Afro American on the council !
sanleandronumerouno July 28, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Mack Rose is only running so Cassidy will have at least one ally on the council, and since the majority of the council thinks they are on the school board anyway it makes perfect sense
Leah Hall July 29, 2012 at 01:19 AM
So Renoir is in your blood, you say? I think not. More like 1- 4% Neanderthal DNA... and probably more in the 4-6% range... ;-) http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/05/100506-science-neanderthals-humans-mated-interbred-dna-gene/
Craig Williams July 29, 2012 at 04:13 AM
My grandmother on my father's side was very French. We also went to a Franco American church on Sundays mostly because the sermon was very short and the bakery on the corner across from the church was great.
Leah Hall July 30, 2012 at 04:11 AM
French bakeries are the best bar none, but still... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Neanderthal_sites

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