Through to the election, the local firefighters union, backed by developers and other labor groups, including firefighter union locals from other cities across California, spent over $100,000 through it’s own political action committee and through another joint committee, “Alamedans United…” to elect a slate of local council and school board candidates and pass local measures.
Incumbent, appointed, Alameda Unified School District trustee, and romantic partner to Alameda firefighters union local president Jeff Delbono, Gray Harris, won election to the school board, alebit coming in second to newcomer Jennifer Williams, based on unofficial results from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.
City council incumbent Marilyn Ashcraft won re-election, and Teamsters union attorney Malia Vella pushed out incumbent councilmember Tony Daysog, supported by a string of attack mailers against Daysog.
Measure K1, a utility users tax expansion measure put on the ballot by city council, and which, Mayor Trish Spencer warned voters, is likely to boost compensation for public safety employees due to contracts arranged under former city manager John Russo, passed with 73 percent of Alameda voters approving.
The firefighters union failed, however, to push out incumbent auditor and treasurer Kevin Kearney and Kevin Kennedy, respectively, in favor of their own candidates former school board trustee Mike McMahon and Jeff Bratzler.