East Bay Express: Gilmore Concedes Alameda Mayor’s Race to Spencer, November 12, 2014


Alamedans have waited eight anxious days for a result to last week’s election. The outcome is likely the most improbable result of any race in the East Bay. Very few political observers saw this upset coming, although concern over the city’s speed toward development, including Alameda Point, has been simmering for years. The issue may have also cost Councilmember Stewart Chen his seat last week. Former Councilmember Frank Matarrese, whose stance toward development closely mirrored Spencer’s, finished first in the council race. Jim Oddie, who is also the district director for Assemblymember Rob Bonta, won the other available seat.