Oakland mayor’s race
Kaplan becomes the 17th candidate, joining an already crowded field of candidates looking to unseat Mayor Jean Quan in November.
Elections officials in Alameda County began their day early again Tuesday, tasked with counting several thousand more provisional ballots. But, Oakland’s mayoral race was still considered too close to call.
The Oakland mayor’s race is down to two candidates with city councilwoman Jean Quan taking a slim lead over former State Senator Don Perata.
Many voters in Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro spent more time than usual at the polls, thanks in part to the new ranked-choice voting system.
Nine Oakland mayoral candidates generally agreed Thursday night that the city’s next leader needs to fight crime, create more jobs and find a way to balance the city’s budget.