OAKLAND (KCBS) — San Francisco State University Professor and political analyst Joe Tuman announced Wednesday that he will run for mayor of Oakland for a second time in 2014.
Tuman, who has lived in Oakland with his family for nearly 30 years, made the announcement outside City Hall on Wednesday afternoon. In addition, it will be Tuman’s second attempt at besting current Mayor Jean Quan for the position.
Chairman of the university’s Communication Studies Department, Tuman has also provided political analysis to KCBS and KPIX 5 in the past.
Tuman said he learned a lot from his failed bid in the mayoral race three years ago. This time, he wants to make it clear that his campaign will focus on public safety.
“There’s a tragedy that if you ask most people who live in this city today, no matter what part of the city that we’re talking about, if they feel safer today three years later than they did three years ago. Then most people will tell you that crime has gotten worse,” Tuman said.
He cited the recent violence and vandalism from protests after the George Zimmerman verdict and the recent killing of an eight-year-old girl at a sleepover as examples of why a fully-staffed police department is needed.
Tuman, Quan, and Port of Oakland Commissioner Bryan Parker have filed papers intending to run in next year’s mayor’s race.
Activist Patrick McCullough and Oakland City Councilmember Larry Reid have also expressed interest in running.
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