Although I live in the San Francisco Bay Area (since 1999), I’ve never lived in Oakland and rarely make it there, but I do know that Oakland City Council member Sheng Thao is running for Mayor of Oakland this November. I don’t think I’ve ever met Thao. If Thao wins, she won’t be the first Asian American woman to have been elected mayor of Oakland – that would have been Jean Quan, who was elected back in 2010.
Best of luck to Thao – I don’t know much about the race except for a brief radio piece I heard stating that both leading candidates were not that well known – that both didn’t have much name recognition and that is why political endoresements are important in this election. There are 10 candidates running for the post of mayor, including fringe candidate Peter Liu, who recently threatened local Jews in an anti-Semitic outburst in mass e-mails.
You can learn more about Thao at – https://www.shengforoakland.com/