That’s all folks, yes it took forever to get through all the questionnaires, but I thought that each person who actually filled out the questionnaire deserved their day in the spotlight since these questionnaires tend to get all shoved on a page even though the candidates put so much time into completing them. However, there were a few out there that did not complete the questionnaire.
Who are these slackers?
Tracy Jensen, candidate for Hospital Board. Tracy Jensen was a no show at two of the candidate forums so far: Alameda Democratic Club and the Alameda Citizens Task Force one. Word is that she is not planning on running a campaign even though she has a website up. Another rumor is that Tracy Jensen might have been banking on a Stewart Chen victory and sliding into the Boardmember seat with his vacancy. However, the Hospital Board works a bit differently than the City Council because the third place candidate wouldn’t receive an automatic seat, the Hospital Board would get to appoint.
Gerard Dumuk, candidate for City Council. Based on an early email when I sent out the questionnaire I was sure I was going to get a response, but since he didn’t respond, I’ll just post a snippet of email that he sent:
Please give me some time to respond to these questions. As you might know, I work for Cal Fire and have been pretty busy lately. It will take me some time to formulate my responses and position on some of these issues. I don’t make decisions on my own, but seek the advice of a long list of mentors that include members of the community that hold positions or have held positions in their respective professions.
Yeah… that sort of speaks for itself, doesn’t it?
Joana Weber, candidate for City Council. Based on her posting her answers to a different questionnaire under her profile I set up, I thought she would be answering too. But alas, nothing.
Tom Lynch, candidate for School Board. Saw him at the Alameda Democratic Club forum, he seemed to be all right, his website went live before really putting up any sort of real content. He was part of a truly awkward moment during the candidate forum when another candidate, Kurt Peterson, thought he was “attacked” by Tom Lynch and thereby decided he was owed a 30 second rebuttal. Although I have to apologize to Tom Lynch, because on my video that I took of the Demo Club forum, his name is misspelled on a few of the slides.
Kurt Peterson, candidate for School Board. According to remarks during the Alameda Democratic Club forum he thinks he deserves to win because he shows up at School Board meetings to sit in the audience. Oh and he asks a lot of questions. That’s why he thinks you should vote for him. It took all my strength not to roll my eyes out of my head when he announced this several times because the last thing that the School Board needs is Trish Spencer redux: asking questions with no solutions.
If any of these peeps want to submit a questionnaire, always willing to accept them late, the snarky remarks above are the requisite marking down for lateness.
Also, campaign filings are up, check them out here on the City Clerk’s database, more on the specifics some other time.