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Alameda Firefighters Head Into Election with Treasure Chest

Alameda firefighters head into election season with $45,000 to spend on favored candidates.

Alameda firefighters head into election season with $45,000 to spend on favored candidates.

The Alameda Firefighters Association Political Action Committee war chest has a $45,000 balance just weeks before the traditional Labor Day kick-off to the fall election season.

Financial statements filed with the Alameda City Clerk show the committee’s cash balance to be $44,978.33, with $18,010.44 coming in from roughly 100 members in the first six months of the year.

The firefighters are backing Jim Oddie, who has declared his candidacy for City Council, and in elections past, they supported Councilmember Stewart Chen and Mayor Marie Gilmore, both who are running to retain their seats.

It’s not clear if the association will open support Chen this time around; in February of this year, local publications reported that Chen, a chiropractor, was arrested in 1993 on insurance fraud charges.

He ultimately pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of insurance fraud, was placed on probation and ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution, according to reports then.

Former two-term council member Frank Matarrese has also pulled papers to run again for city council.

The city council field is thin so far, as day after day passes with the city clerk sending an alert that no new candidates have pulled papers at City Hall.

The nomination period ends August 7th.

Sitting Councilmember Lena Tam is termed out this year, and has launched a campaign for the District 4 BART board seat.

Alameda firefighters have contributed $5,000 to her campaign.

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