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Election Watch: Council Filing Deadline Nears

With a Thursday deadline looming, fewer than half of the potential city council candidates have filed their nomination papers.

Thursday is the deadline for filing nomination papers for Alameda City Council seats, but fewer than half the potential candidates have turned in their papers so far.

City Clerk Lara Weisiger said yesterday that candidates have until 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, to file their paperwork to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot. No filings will be accepted on Friday, Aug. 10, when City Hall is closed, she said.

Here's the line-up to date.

Filed and qualified: Joana Darc Weber, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Gerard Valbuena Dumuk, Beverly J. Johnson (incumbent).

Pulled papers, haven't filed yet: Stewart Chen, Tony Daysog, Leland Blandón Traiman, Jeff A. Cambra, Jane Sullwold, Karin Lucas.

The terms of current Councilmembers Doug deHaan and Beverly Johson expire in December 2012. In addition, Councilmember Rob Bonta is a candidate for the 18th Assembly District seat. If he wins that race, the third-place finisher would serve the remainder of Bonta's city council term, which expires in December 2014.

Incumbent City Auditor Kevin R. Kearney and incumbent City Treasurer Kevin Kennedy, both seeking reelection and both unopposed to date, have filed their nomination papers, according to the City Clerk's office.

Other Races

Candidates for the Alameda Unified School District Board of Trustees, the Alameda Healthcare District board and other special districts file nomination papers through the Alameda County Registrar of Voters. They have through Friday, Aug. 10, to file their paperwork.

Alameda Patch will provide background information on candidates once filings are complete and publish more extensive interviews as the election approaches.

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