Alameda Superior Court Judge Delbert Gee swore-in three new Alameda City Councilmembers last night, and the returning City Auditor and Treasurer.
Marilyn Ashcraft, now a councilmember, is no stranger to the dais. She served six years on the City of Alameda Planning Board. She ran unsuccessfully for Alameda City Council in 2010, coming in fifth, but she garnered the most votes of all council candidates this past November, securing a seat.
Tony Daysog returns to city council, after a six-year hiatus. He previous sat on the council from 1996 to 2006. He also ran, unsuccessfully, for Mayor in 2010.
Stewart Chen, formerly of the City of Alameda Healthcare District Board of Directors, was also sworn-in. He has previously served on the Alameda Social Service Human Relations Board.
Judge Gee also swore-in Kevin Kennedy and Kevin Kearney as returning City Treasurer and City Auditor, respectively.
Mayor Marie Gilmore also read proclamations honoring the service of outgoing councilmembers Beverly Johnson and Doug deHaan. Johnson served 14 years as mayor and councilmember, and deHaan served eight years on city council.
Often the dissenting voice in many 4-1 city council votes, a handful of public speakers, including family members, came to the podium to thank deHaan for his public service.
Only four of five council seats were occupied for the ceremony last night, as Rob Bonta resigned from his seat earlier this month to assume the responsibilities of California State Assemblymember, a position to which he was elected in last month’s election.