Voters in Alameda County’s District 2 will decide on Tuesday who will take over the supervisor’s seat vacated by Nadia Lockyer.
Lockyer resigned last April, after revealing a drug addiction.
Saturday morning, three of the four candidates running to replace Lockyer appeared at a candidate forum at Paddy’s coffee house in Union City. Noticeably absent from the panel was Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, who organizers said canceled at the last minute.
Hayashi is currently the subject of an attack by a Super PAC that is sending mailers to voters in the district, reminding them of Hayashi’s conviction earlier this year for shoplifting. Hayashi is serving three years probation for stealing $2,450 of clothing from Neiman Marcus in San Francisco.
Hayashi’s campaign manager Mark Capitolo told NBC Bay Area Hayashi would be campaigning door-to-door over the weekend and would not be available for an interview until Tuesday.
Three others are also vying for the seat.
Richard Valle, who was appointed to replace Lockyer on the Board of Supervisors, says Hayashi’s past is an issue in the campaign.
“I think unless you have your head in the sand,” Valle said, “you’re not paying attention to the realities of the people in this race.”
Valle told those attending the forum, if he is elected he would make saving the financially-strapped Saint Rose hospital, a priority.
Union City’s mayor Mark Green said he has the edge against the others in the race because of his long experience as a public servant.
“I’ve actually been in local and regional government for twenty years,” Green said. “If you add up the experience of my three opponents, that’s equal to all three of them combined.”
Mark Turnquist, a retired deputy for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department said as District 2 Supervisor, he would make public safety his first priority.
“The more you cut, the more you lose,” Turnquist said, referring to law enforcement budget constraints. “With the big loss of public safety dollars, people are going to lose their security.”
District 2 covers Hayward, Union City, Newark and parts of Fremont, and represents 310,000 East Bay residents.