Election 2014

A legislative staffer who has served on several local committees and a pair of city councilmen – one incumbent and one former – are vying for two open City Council seats this fall.

A school board veteran, a special education teacher and an accountant who helped start a local youth sports league are vying for a pair of seats on Alameda’s Board of Education this fall.

Visitors to the computer lab that supported my college journalism program were greeted by a wall-length sign (on dot-matrix paper, no less) that bore this bromide: If your mother says she loves you, check it out.

It’s an ethos that has (mostly) guided my career as a journalist and one that I am leaning heavily on as I prepare the final stories in our initial wave of coverage: Profiles on candidates for mayor, City Council and the Board of Education.

Alameda has good neighborhood elementary schools, a pair of candidates for the local school board say. And they said they intend to keep it that way.

Two of the three candidates for Alameda's Board of Education offered their views on Alameda's high school situation, the future of the Measure A parcel tax and more at The Alamedan/Alameda Sun's Saturday morning candidate forum at Maya Lin School. Here's the readout, tweet by tweet.

Special interests beware: Contributing money to candidates for Alameda’s mayor and City Council will not buy you influence, according to candidates who attended a candidate’s forum at the Main Library sponsored by The Alamedan and the Alameda Sun.

Alameda's City Council and mayoral candidates came out Thursday - along with a standing room only crowd - for The Alamedan/Alameda Sun's candidate forum. Here's how it all played out, in tweets.

As promised, we’ve posted videos featuring (almost) all of your mayoral, City Council and school board candidates today. It’s our effort to give you a more personal sense of who your candidates are. Our candidate videos – and all of our election coverage – is available on The Alamedan’s Election 2014 page.