Election 2014

Alameda voters will be faced with low turnout on their local ballots this fall, with a pair of candidates running for mayor and three candidates in the race for two open council seats.

“Guess who's running for Mayor of Alameda?”

Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Campaign Column, our new campaign blog. This is where we’ll offer inside ball on the November 2014 campaign for all you political junkies.

UPDATE: We've passed our $1,000 fundraising goal! Thanks to Aidan Barry, Karen Butter, Vicki Sedlack and Chuck Kapelke for pushing us over the line!

Today, we’re kicking off our Election 2014 fundraising drive. Our goal is to raise $1,000 to make sure you know who’s running, how they’d vote on the issues they’ll confront if elected, what their track record has been on major local issues and who’s paying for their campaigns.

The fall election season kicks off Monday with the opening of the nomination period for local offices.

Voters will get the chance to decide this November whether they want to pay for $179.5 million in bonds to repair and modernize Alameda’s schools.

The June 3 primary offered voters a light ballot devoid of drama. Here's the rundown of the races that were the most local to Alameda, in screenshots.

Rob Bonta and David Erlich are running for the 18th District California Assembly seat representing Alameda, San Leandro and much of Oakland. Berkeley-based nonprofit MapLight has compiled details on the candidates' background and fundraising, which we've embedded below (click on the candidate picture to get their details).

A quiet race for the 18th Assembly District seat translated into a polite - if predictably partisan - debate Tuesday during a League of Women Voters forum.

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