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Alameda County, CA May 17, 2005 Election
Council Member; City of Oakland; District 2 Voter Information

Unexpired 4 Year Term Ending January 2007.

Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Patricia Kernighan Click here for more information about this candidate 2,551 votes 28.8%

  • Occupation: Chief of Staff
  • Past Member, Oakland Library Commission
  • Past PTA President, Crocker Highlands Elementary
  • Former Policy Aide to Councilman John Russo
  • member of California State Bar
  • Protecting District 2 Services During Fiscal Crisis
  • Creating "Livable Communities" Throughout Oakland
  • Improving Education and Advocating for Children
David Kakishiba Click here for more information about this candidate 1,876 votes 21.2%
  • Occupation: Executive Director, East Bay Asian Youth Center
  • Vice President, Oakland Board of Education
  • Author, Oakland's Kids First! Initiative
  • Co-Founder, Oak-to-Ninth Community Benefits Coalition
  • Make our neighborhoods safe
  • Support our children
  • Increase economic opportunities for working families
Shirley Gee Click here for more information about this candidate 1,466 votes 16.5%
  • Occupation: Executive University Manager
  • Stanford University - 28 years implementing public policy
  • 2002 Oakland's Citizen of the Year
  • Bachelors with Honors, St. Mary's College, Moraga, California 1980
  • 50+ Years District 2 Oakland Resident & 20+ Years of Community Service & Leadership
  • Chair, Charter Amendment Task Force, Special Elections in Lieu of Appointments By City Council, League of Women Voters
  • Founder of the Dragon Boat Project - A Youth, Family, Senior and Commercial Business Project
  • a. More Direct Services to Citizens (e.g., Public Works, Recreation facilities, youth programming, public works, and public safety)
  • b. Transparency in Government; More Citizen Participation in Democratic Processes, Balance of Power Between Mayor and Council
  • c. Better Budgetary Controls to Prevent Deficits
Aimee Allison Click here for more information about this candidate 1,261 votes 14.2%
  • Occupation: Consultant for non-profits and small businesses
  • Aimee Allison stood up against the Persian Gulf War. She fought for, and eventually received, an honorable discharge as a Conscientious Objector.
  • She earned her BA and MA from Stanford University, where she served as Student Body President
  • Aimee has been a public speaker against war, and a nonviolence trainer. She currently counsels other service personnel about their rights.
  • She taught high school social studies and served as an advocate for her primarily immigrant students.
  • For more information, please see Aimee Allison's website at:
  • Good homes, good jobs, good schools -- City leaders need to prioritize Oakland's families over outside or corporate interests
  • Community partnerships for peaceful streets -- Oakland needs a community-based approach to public safety, not just a cop on every corner
  • Government as great as Oakland -- Unlock the doors of city hall and allow Oakland's diverse communities to shape decisions about local issues
Paul E. Garrison, Esq. Click here for more information about this candidate 697 votes 7.9%
  • Occupation: Attorney / Senior Bank Executive
  • Founder of Haddon Hill Neighborhood Association
  • Former Oakland Public Ethics Commissioner
  • Former Oakland Cultural Arts Commissioner
  • Executive Vice President of the Oakland East Bay Symphony
  • Graduate of Cornell & Vanderbilt School of Law
  • Make our neighborhoods stong and crime-free
  • Maintain and imporive our schools, libraries, parks and waterfront
  • Reduce budget deficit and keep property taxes down
Justin Horner Click here for more information about this candidate 475 votes 5.4%
  • Occupation: Legislative Staff Director
  • Member, Board of Directors, Sentinel Fair Housing
  • Vice President, International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers, Local 21
  • Responsive government and quality city services for all neighborhoods
  • Safe, affordable housing and good jobs for working families
  • Responsible and sustainable development
Margaret "Peggy" Moore Click here for more information about this candidate 289 votes 3.3%
  • Occupation: Community Outreach Specialist
  • Founder of "Sistahs Steppin' In Pride"
  • East Bay Director of the No on Knight ballot initiative campaign mobilization in 2000
  • Outreach specialist providing services for seniors
  • Building an atmosphere of respect and unity to heal our city
  • Community-conscious revitalization, focusing on economic development that benefits our neighborhoods and residents
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Pamela A. Drake (Withdrawn) Click here for more information about this candidate 206 votes 2.3%
  • Occupation: Teacher, Neighborhood Administrator
  • Teacher, Adult ESL
  • Director of Lakeshore Business Improvement District
  • 31 years Oakland resident
  • 31 years experience as Oakland community activist
  • Community policing for safer Oakland streets.
  • Restore Oakland schools to local community control.
  • Neighborhood development of small business and open space.
Todd M. Plate Click here for more information about this candidate 32 votes 0.4%
  • Occupation: Non-Profit Consultant
  • Labor and Employment Attorney
  • Policy Aide for State Senator
  • Reconnecting Neighborhoods to City Hall
  • Building stronger neighborhoods around schools
  • Creating more affordable housing and increasing home ownership

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Re-broadcast of Friday, March 4 League of Women Voters' Candidates' Forum

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  • Mon., May 16 from 8-10 PM
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