2012 Elections: News, Analysis, Videos, and Breaking on the Presidential Election, Local Elections, and More

2012 Elections: News, Analysis, Videos, and Breaking on the Presidential Election, Local Elections, and More

Complete coverage of the 2012 election

Ignacio De La Fuente Loses To Rebecca Kaplan

Below is a summary of the big races in Alameda County

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012  |  Updated 12:21 PM PDT
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An era ended on the Oakland City Council Tuesday night when  veteran council member Ignacio De La Fuente decisively lost his bid to unseat  incumbent Rebecca Kaplan for the at-large seat.

An era ended on the Oakland City Council Tuesday night when veteran council member Ignacio De La Fuente decisively lost his bid to unseat incumbent Rebecca Kaplan for the at-large seat.

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An era ended on the Oakland City Council Tuesday night when  veteran council member Ignacio De La Fuente decisively lost his bid to unseat incumbent Rebecca Kaplan for the at-large seat.

And a new era began with the election of three new members on the council, which had seen very little turnover in recent years.

De La Fuente, 63, who has been on the council for 20 years, represented District 5, which includes the Fruitvale District, but he gave up  that seat to challenge Kaplan, 42, in a bid to form a power base with the  council's new members and possibly run for mayor again in two years.

Instead, De La Fuente, who served many years as the council's  president and twice ran unsuccessfully for mayor, finished a distant second to Kaplan in a five-candidate race and will not be on the council next year.

 In the first round of voting, Kaplan won 45.6 percent of the vote and De La Fuente garnered 29.8 percent. After the ranked-choice algorithm was  used, Kaplan finished with 60.7 percent of the vote and De La Fuente got 39.3  percent.

The three new council members were elected in contests in which longtime incumbents chose not to run again.

Get all local race results here.

In District 1, environmental policy director Dan Kalb led a seven-candidate race with 29.8 percent of the vote in the first round and  wound up with 52.3 percent after ranked-choice calculations were used.

In District 3, Sean Sullivan led a six-candidate field with 26 percent of the vote in the first round but after the ranked-choice algorithm  was used Lynette Gibson-McElhaney was the winner with 46.2 percent.

In the four-candidate race for the District 5 seat that De La Fuente has held, longtime Oakland school board member Noel Gallo led the  first round with 41.8 percent of the vote and finished with 54.6 percent  after ranked-choice came into play.

One familiar face that will remain on the council is that of council president Larry Reid, who was first elected 16 years ago and got 59.4 percent of the vote on Tuesday to easily defeat two candidates who were  challenging him.

  Barbara Parker kept her job as city attorney by easily beating Councilwoman Jane Brunner 68.3 percent to 31.5 percent. Brunner has been on  the council since 1996 but chose to run for city attorney instead of seeking  re-election to her District 1 seat.

In Berkeley, there won't be any new faces in the mayor's office or on the City Council.

Tom Bates was re-elected to another term as mayor with 55.3 percent of the vote, easily defeating five challengers.

Darryl Moore was re-elected with 60 percent of the vote in District 2, Max Anderson was retained in District 3 with 60.3 percent and  Laurie Capitelli won in District 5 with 54.5 percent.

In Alameda, voters appear to have elected Marilyn Ashcraft and Tony Daysog to the City Council with 25 percent and 18 percent of the vote,  respectively, in a seven-candidate race.

In Albany, incumbent Peggy Thomsen, Peter Maass and Michael Barnes were elected to the City Council. Thomsen got 22.4 percent of the vote,  Maasss got 17.3 percent and Barnes got 16.2 percent in the seven-candidate  race.

In Dublin, David Haubert and Kevin Hart were elected to the City Council in a six-candidate field with 31.4 percent and 27.7 percent of the  vote, respectively.

In Fremont, Councilman Bill Harrison was elected mayor with 35.3  percent of the vote in a five-candidate field. Steve Cho, a former councilman, finished second with 30.1 percent.

Harrison will replace Gus Morrison, a former mayor who was appointed earlier this year to serve on an interim basis after Mayor Bob  Wasserman died.

Vinnie Bacon and incumbent Suzanne Chan were elected to the Fremont City Council with 25.6 percent and 22.5 percent of the vote,  respectively, in a six-candidate race.

In Pleasanton, Jerry Thorne was elected mayor with 54.7 percent of  the vote and Karla Brown and Jerry Pentin were elected to the City Council  with 37 percent and 31.6 percent of the vote, respectively.

In San Leandro, District 2 incumbent Ursula Reed was leading challenger Morgan Mack-Rose, with 50.3 percent of the vote. Only 97 votes  separated the two candidates after the ranked-choice system redistributed  votes that had initially gone to a third candidate, Dan Dillman.

Incumbent Jim Prola was retained in District 6 and Benny Lee won in District 4.

  In Union City, incumbent councilman Jim Navarro easily won re-election with 66.9 percent of the vote.

Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle retained his District 2 seat by getting 36.3 percent of the vote in a four-candidate field.

He was appointed to the seat, which represents Hayward, Newark, Union City, northern Fremont and part of Sunol, in June after Nadia Lockyer  resigned.

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