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Trish Spencer Sworn-in as Mayor

Trish Spencer is sworn-in as Mayor of Alameda, with a member of the public at her side. (Action Alameda News)

Trish Spencer is sworn-in as Mayor of Alameda, with a member of the public at her side. (Action Alameda News)

Dabbing tears from her eyes, Marie Gilmore, Alameda’s first elected African-American mayor, gave her final remarks from the dais last night, as a crowd waited outside council chambers to witness the swearing-in of the new mayor, Trish Spencer.

Spencer edged out Gilmore in the November election, keeping Gilmore to a single term.

Marie Gilmore is the daughter-in-law of Carter Gilmore, the first African-American elected to the Oakland City Council and a civil rights activist. She was appointed to Alameda City Council in 2003 following the passing of Al Dewitt, who was the first African-American on Alameda City Council, and the first African-American to hold the Mayor’s seat, which he did for roughly three months in 2002, after the apparent suicide of Ralph Appezzato.

As she was about to be sworn-in, Trish Spencer asked if there was “anyone under the age of 18” in the audience to stand beside her as she took the oath; a young man stepped forward.

Before the ceremony, a fire department official declared council chambers above official capacity and asked for some members of the public to exit.

Spencer offered to take the oath twice, once for each half of the audience to witness her oath in council chambers, but in the end, most everyone filtered back into the room along the east wall for the swearing-in.

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