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Marie Gilmore

Mayor Marie Gilmore conceded the Alameda mayor's race Wednesday at a press conference in front of City Hall, saying she will not seek a recount of votes cast in the super-close race.

"I congratulate our new city leaders on their victories in our democratic process," Gilmore told a crowd of city staffers, supporters and Spencer backers who showed up for the press confab.

Gilmore, Alameda's first elected African American mayor, listed the problems she faced when she was elected four years ago and accomplishments that included winning the cost-free transfer of hundreds of acres of Alameda Point, peace with the city's labor unions and a budget surplus of $8 million.

"I have truly appreciated my opportunity to serve the community that I love, and I will continue to work with you to move Alameda forward," she said, listing pending issues including rising rents and the development of Alameda Point.

Alameda County Registrar Tim Dupuis said Tuesday that his office may have as many as 6,000 ballots left to process, though he expressed hope the count could be completed Wednesday. At the end of counting early Tuesday, Spencer was leading the mayor's race by 129 votes.

Mayor Marie Gilmore's concession speech. Video by Adam Gillitt.


Submitted by Keith Nealy (not verified) on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

Significant accomplishments. Congratulations on her achievements. It's too bad she was tone deaf to citizens concerns about development, traffic, and Crown Beach. We certainly could have used hers and others leadership in these areas. Also transparency continues to be a "work in progress." I wish her the best and hope she continues to work to make Alameda a better place.

Submitted by Jackie Falletti (not verified) on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

Thank you Mayor Gilmore for your dedication to the citizens and City of Alameda. Job well done. Please stay active.

Submitted by Ariane (not verified) on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

I agree, Mayor Gilmore got a lot done. It is too bad she somehow missed how residents have been feeling about the high density residential development projects and traffic and transportation issues. I hope the change / transition goes smoothly and concerns are addressed so all in Alameda are happy and can live with what comes next.

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Submitted by Jon Spangler on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

I want to offer my thanks to Marie Gilmore for her decades of device to Alameda service to Alameda and for her significant achievements as our mayor. It is very unfortunate that her record was deliberately misrepresented by some of her opponents during the recent campaign.

I could not disagree more strongly with those who claim that Gilmore has been "tone deaf" to the community or its concerns regarding development. In fact, she has been a strong and independent voice in favor of caution and care on issues like Alameda Point and the golf course.

Far too many of those who now criticize current development projects (Alameda Point, Del Monte, Alameda Landing, etc.) have apparently not been involved over the 10-20 years that they have been studied, proposed, discussed, and re-evaluated. Where have they been?

There have been dozens of newspaper articles, discussions, and public meetings on these projects with and ample opportunities to become informed and involved, yet suddenly--now that decisions have been made and projects are finally underway after many plan revisions--people who ought to know better are claiming that Mayor Gilmore and the City of Alameda have been "hiding" these projects from the community.

The claims that anyone in the City of Alameda has been hiding anything is nuts--all of the details of these projects have been in plain sight for anyone awake enough to read one of our weekly newspapers or to browse the city's website on occasion.

The transparency of city government is remarkably improved--and meeting notices have exceeded Brown Act requirements by a full week since Gilmore's first few months in office in 2011: she also deserves full credit for supporting the improvements that are still coming.

Mayor Spencer will be doing vey well if she can govern half as well as Marie Gilmore has.

Submitted by Daniel Levy (not verified) on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

If there are still 6000 ballots to process and only 129 votes separate the candidates, why concede?

Submitted by David Rowe (not verified) on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

I would have voted for her if she had come out against moving the Harbor Bay Club but she declined to state a position on this issue. That cost her a lot of votes in Harbor Bay and probably made the difference in the election.

Submitted by Tom (not verified) on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

When you are in the hands of the Fire Union IAFF Local 689 you can not operate independently for the citizens of Alameda. Marie was beholden to IAFF 689.

I wish her the best and if she returns hopefully she will hear the citizens and not the firemen/firewomen when voting on city issues before the council.

Submitted by Tom (not verified) on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

I wish to congratulate Trish Spencer.

Her campaign was really grass roots....
Took no money from IAFF 689, developers, or big money interests...
She has the backing of voters who support her independent of PACs, Big Business etc.
Will be very interesting to watch Russo play his cards with her and Matarrese in the coming years.....

Submitted by marvie (not verified) on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

That's been my question all along; so many sources have basically declared the mayoral race over and decided, but so many votes yet to count?

Submitted by frank on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

@marvie and @Daniel Levy. This same question has been answered SEVERAL times by various Posters here. 6000 Votes is for the ENTIRE ALAMEDA COUNTY not the CITY of Alameda.

Submitted by just me (not verified) on Wed, Nov 12, 2014


Those ballots are for the entire county. Only a very small fraction are for the city of Alameda and when you consider the mayoral votes are split almost 50/50, it's very difficult to make up those 129 votes. If you look at Sunday's count, out of 10,000 ballots counted, only 863 were for the city of Alameda. SO out of the remaining 5,000 as of today, holding the same ratio, perhaps 432 ballots are for Alameda. Getting an extra 129 votes when they count is almost 1:1 would be incredible.

Submitted by Cem Unsal (not verified) on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

Same here... Would have voted for her if she had come out against moving the Harbor Bay Club but she declined to state a position. Harbor Bay residents could have caused this flip.

Submitted by Harry Reppert (not verified) on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

Regardless personal politics, few would disagree that Mayor Gilmore held her office with dignity and commitment. For endless hours she presided over our city council meetings with skill and fairness and set a respectful tone during even the most heated public comments. Mayor Gilmore also brought a regional perspective to our island that I hope we continue to have available to us.
Mayor Marie and her family deserve a city-wide thanks for their service to our community.
It was refreshing to see Oakland's outgoing mayor Jean Quan appear with the new mayor-elect Libby Schaff on KRON-TV to congratulate her and pledge her help during the change of administration. I hope Alameda's outgoing mayor and incoming mayor will enjoy the same kind of relationship that we see exhibited across the estuary.

Submitted by Anne Cook (not verified) on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Marie, for your 20 years of service to our City. We are in a better place for it. I will truly miss your leadership, your dedication, and your grace. I hope you will find a new avenue soon for all you have to offer to our City! Anne Cook

Submitted by AL076 (not verified) on Sat, Nov 22, 2014

I live near the Del Monte project and we did not get notices to our homes until last year when the development was in it's final stages. If Marie Gilmore wasn't tone deaf then she was just greedy. Personally, I like her and I would like to think she was just tone deaf and didn't get it. There is no way Alameda can support the traffic that the new developments will bring. I wish Tim Lewis and the rest of the developers would take a hike. They don't live here and they dont have to deal with the aftermath. We need to get less crooks down at city hall. People who are concerned about real issues like traffic and ingress and egress. Let's hope we can stand up for ourselves.