Libby Schaaf apparently will take over for Jean Quan as the new councilwoman for District 4 — Montclair, Dimond, and Laurel. Schaaf, a former aid to Governor-elect Jerry Brown, seems to have an insurmountable lead over Jill Broadhurst, according to preliminary ranked choice voting results. Schaaf leads 52.3% to 30.4%. Daniel Swafford is in third with 17%.
In Berkeley, Councilman Kriss Worthington appears to have won reelection over challenger George Beier, according to preliminary ranked choice voting results. Worthington leads 57.7% to 42.3%. Beier’s only hope was for votes cast for third-place finisher Ces Rosales to break overwhelmingly for him. But that didn’t happen. Worthington actually picked up more of them, 224-184.
And the San Leandro mayor’s race is even closer than Oakland’s. Challenger Stephen Cassidy is leading Mayor Tony Santos, 50.96% to 49.04%, a difference of 281 votes. Cassidy gets a boost when third-place finisher Joyce Starosciak is eliminated in the ranked choice tabulations. He picks up 179 more votes from her supporters than does Santos.
Although there are still about 15,000 total ballots to count in Oakland, Berkeley, and San Leandro, Schaaf’s lead looks to be much too large to overcome. And in Berkeley, Beier appears to have been mathematically eliminated. The San Leandro mayor’s race, by contrast, is still too close to call.