I mentioned yesterday that former Mayor, Marie Gilmore, was the one person that — during the re-opening of public comment — reminded the School Board of their duty to make a decision that night. The possible fallout of not appointing that night would have been a forced Special Election, but — in the interim — the seat would have been filled by the Alameda County Office of Education, completely removing the local School Board from the equation.
Clearly that was not what anyone wanted.
While everyone else was desperately trying to tell the School Board why their candidate should be the choice, Marie Gilmore said what needed to be heard. While it would have been better for the School Board to have a frank discussion about the pros and cons of each of the candidates, a straightforward and frank reminder was necessary to move the topic along.
But here I give you a contrast between two Mayors of Alameda: a past Mayor and the current Mayor.
Marie Gilmore appealed to the School Board to make the hard decision between the two frontrunners after the deadlock:
Trish Spencer, on the other hand, waffled from her initial remarks, asking the School Board to first support Gray Harris to then taking a completely different stance and telling the School Board to appoint one of the other candidates instead as a solution to break the deadlock:
In the end, the advice that was taken was the one that urged the School Board to do what they were elected to do: make a decision.