According to the local rumor mill, Harris has been romantically linked in recent years to another local firefighter other than DelBono.
DelBono authored a campaign letter on union letterhead sent to voters last fall, and, more recently, in statements made to the local press, excoriated Mayor Trish Spencer for her vote against moving forward with Fire Station Number 3.
By e-mail, Harris confirmed her relationship with DelBono, writing, “Jeff and I are together and have been for a few years now…we’ve been open and public about our love for each other for a long time,” and declined to answer questions regarding the second reported relationship, describing the opportunity to set the record straight as harassment.
Tam died at the age of 69 in May; Harris was appointed to fill Niel Tam’s seat.
In addition to Harris, four other candidates — Hazel Lau, Michael McMahon, Anne McKereghan, and Dorota Sawicka — applied for the seat.
Trustee Gary Lym voted for McKereghan, and Trustees Solana Henneberry, Barbara Kahn and Philip Hu voted for Harris.
Solana Henneberry is the wife of Mike Henneberry of the United Food and Communications Workers local, a member of the Alameda Planning Board, and a close ally of the firefighters local.
Harris is currently UniServe Director with the California Teachers Association, and works with teachers in five South Bay school districts, as well as with local and state political groups and other labor unions.
She worked for six years as an elementary school teacher in AUSD and then for two years as president of the Alameda Education Association.
In her application for the board seat, she named the renewal of the current school parcel tax, which expires in 2018, as the single most important issue facing the district.