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July 3, 2014

Run for your life

Filed under: Alameda, Election — Tags: — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

Tomorrow is Alameda’s annual Mayor’s Fourth of July parade and since we’re all in a patriotic mood, even though some candidates have formally announced their decision to run for City Council and have held fundraisers and whatnot, the official nomination doesn’t start until July 14.   From an announcement from the City Clerk’s office:

The Filing Period for Nomination Documents is July 14 through August 7, 2014. In the event an incumbent fails to file by August 7, the voters shall have until August 13 to nominate candidates other than the incumbent for that incumbent’s elective office. The City Clerk may begin to issue Nomination Papers no earlier than July 14, 2014. Every elected officer of the City shall be a registered voter of the City at the time of filing Nomination Papers and for a period of thirty (30) days immediately preceding the date of filing. Commencing July 14, 2014, nomination documents will be available during regular business hours (Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) in the City Clerk’s Office, Room 380, City Hall, Alameda, California.

So if you have been toying with the decision of running to “throw the bums out” or something along those lines, you have about 10ish days before folks start pulling papers left and right.   Of course since Stewart Chen (incumbent) has already indicated that he will run, there will be no extension for the Nomination period.

Of course instead of just getting your friends and family who are registered voters to sign nomination papers, usually these are big deals where candidates go around collecting important signatures.   Perhaps this is a way to lock people into an endorsement, I dunno, seems to be a lot of additional work when you could just have your neighbors sign or something.   But I’m lazy so…

It’s still a month or so out before we’ll have a definitive list of who is running, but hopefully folks will start releasing press releases before the August 7 deadline so we can all start speculating on the likelihood of a successful candidacy and how good (or how bad) of an elected official they will be.  I imagine that if you are a lower name recognition candidate you’re going to want to get your name out rather quickly so it can be mentioned every time someone writes any update about the election.  As in, “Harry Potter has filed paperwork today joining Percy Jackson in the race for City Council.”  Just so.



  1. In past July 4th parades there have also been overt and covert, since technically I believe campaigning is not allowed at the parade, candidate presence. I recall Doug DeHaan had someone running along with vote for Doug signs once, and I think Tony did the same thing, but I could be wrong – after 780 floats, or however many entries there are in the parade, it all becomes a daze.

    Comment by notadave — July 3, 2014 @ 8:50 am

  2. 1: …Never mind the daze we will al be in by the time November 4–or the morning of November 5–rolls around. 🙂

    The ballot measure(s) on Crab Cove/Neptune Pointe may well be the most contentious issues on the ballot in Alameda.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — July 3, 2014 @ 9:21 am

  3. 2: “all,” (I either need another cup of Peet’s or more sleep… 🙂

    Comment by Jon Spangler — July 3, 2014 @ 9:22 am

  4. #2, Crab Cove/Neptune Pointe won’t be on the ballot in November. Council just adopted the language on Tuesday. Second reading on the 15th.

    Comment by jkw — July 3, 2014 @ 11:07 am

  5. The Alameda Merry-Go-Round has a story about the Crab Cove Initiative:

    Comment by Irene — July 3, 2014 @ 1:02 pm

  6. We should run Lauren Do!

    Comment by peaceful038 — July 23, 2014 @ 11:29 am

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