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Alameda County, CA November 4, 2014 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Jim Oddie

Candidate for
Council Member; City of Alameda

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Jim Oddie has over 17 years of community service and local government experience in the City of Alameda.

Jim currently serves as the District Director for our State Assemblymember Rob Bonta and works each day to help residents of Alameda solve problems and improve our quality of life.

Jim moved to Alameda in 1997 to raise his family. As a proud parent of two young adults who were educated in Alameda public schools, he understands the importance safe and modern public schools.

Jim served as the first chair of the city's Open Government Commission, ensuring government operated in compliance with the city's Sunshine Ordinance. He also served on the city's America's Cup Ad Hoc Committee, which was instrumental in bring jobs and economic development to the Island during America's Cup 34. He spent nearly ten years as the Treasurer of the Cantamar Homeowners' Association while living in Harbor Bay.

Jim has also served on Alameda Hospital's Finance and Management Committee, where he helped strengthen the hospital's finances and kept the ER open.

In addition to his record of public service, Jim has the legal and financial skills Alameda needs on the City Council. He is an attorney with an MBA and CPA certification, and a broad base of experience in business consulting, accounting, tax, and financial services.

While training to be a lawyer, Jim served as an extern for United States District Court Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong, who was also the first African American Alameda County Superior Court Judge.

Jim is active in the City of Alameda Democratic Club and is an elected member of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee. He has also volunteered for numerous successful campaigns for Alameda elected officials and public finance measures to support public schools.

Jim grew up in Chicago where he worked hard alongside his parents to make a good home and give back to their community. His began his public service as a teenager when he served on the Bicycle Safety Commission in his home town of Tinley Park, Illinois.

He went on to graduate from Indiana University with a degree in Finance and received his MBA from Loyola University in Chicago. Later, as a working parent, Jim earned his law degree from the University of San Francisco.

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