candidate questionnaires

What skills do you possess that make you uniquely qualified to be Alameda’s mayor?
I have 20-plus years of proven leadership experience as mayor, vice mayor, president of the Planning Board and president of the Recreation and Park Commission. I have a proven track record of working well with others, building consensus and getting things done for Alameda. In addition, I understand the complexities and challenges of the job. I work well with others and have developed strong regional relationships (e.g., my peers in Alameda County elected me president of the Alameda County Conference of Mayors) that benefit Alameda on regional issues such as traffic.

What skills do you possess that make you uniquely qualified to be Alameda’s mayor?
I’m an attorney and have practiced business litigation. I’m also vice president of the Alameda Unified School District Board (my sixth year on the board) and currently serve on the Peralta Colleges Foundation Board (which provides scholarships and grants to community college students).

It’s 2025 and the vision you had for Alameda when you were elected in 2014 has come to fruition. Describe Alameda.

It’s 2025 and the vision you had for Alameda when you were elected in 2014 has come to fruition. Describe Alameda.
Our city has made tremendous progress over the last four years. Due to the leadership of our current mayor and City Council, the acrimony and divisiveness that once plagued city government has been replaced with an era of transparency and collaboration. I am running for City Council to keep moving Alameda forward and to continue to make Alameda a special place for families, seniors and working people.

It’s 2025 and the vision you had for Alameda when you were elected in 2014 has come to fruition. Describe Alameda.

Do you support passage of Measure I? Why or why not?

Do you support passage of Measure I? Why or why not?
As a long term Alamedan, someone that attended our schools as a student and now has a son attending our schools, and serves as a parent volunteer in our schools, I support maintenance of all our facilities. However, parents and community members have demanded to know why there is no specific allocation to individual schools in the bond measure. The community has expressed apprehension to the language that these decisions will be made after passage. Our community deserves to know the specifics prior to voting for the measure as opposed to hoping for an equitable allocation after passage.

Do you support passage of Measure I? Why or why not?

I want to give back to my community by helping us build on our past support of local health care services while proactively engaging in a larger health care system making a significant transformation.

As an incumbent, I feel it is important to continue the work that was started and still needs to be done.