Alameda City Councilwoman Lena Tam and former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young have dropped out of the race to replace county Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker, the Trib reports. The two departures likely will result in a close matchup between former state Assemblywoman Wilma Chan and Alameda Mayor Beverly Johnson.
It should be interesting to see who Lai-Bitker endorses, because she had thrown her support behind Tam before the Alameda councilwoman quit the race. Lai-Bitker was once on Chan’s staff in the 1990s, but the two have since had a chilly relationship. Although Tam has not endorsed either of the two main candidates still in the race, Young is supporting Chan.
Lai-Bitker’s district includes much of downtown Oakland and Chinatown, along with the Eastlake, San Antono, and Fruitvale districts, and parts of East Oakland. It also includes all of Alameda, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, and part of Ashland.