Bay City News–Two longtime incumbents on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will be returned to office without opposition because no one filed to run against them, but another incumbent will be challenged by a deputy probation officer in the June election.
District Five Supervisor Keith Carson, who was first elected in 1992 and represents Berkeley, part of Oakland, Albany, Emeryville and Piedmont, will begin his sixth term next January.
District One Supervisor Scott Haggerty, who was first elected in 1996 and represents Livermore, Dublin, most of Fremont and unincorporated areas in the eastern part of the bounty, will begin his fifth term next year.
However, District Four Supervisor Nate Miley, who was first elected in 2000, is being opposed by deputy probation officer Tojo Thomas in his bid for a third term. The district includes part of Oakland, Castro Valley, Pleasanton and the unincorporated areas Ashland, Cherryland, Fairview and El Portal Ridge.
The election will be held on June 5.
Carson said, "I appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve the residents of Alameda County and especially the residents of the fifth district." He said the issues he anticipates working on in the next four years include the county's ongoing budget issues, the realignment of public safety, health care reform and pension reform.
Carson said he will continue to serve on several county, regional and state boards and looks forward to working with Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Legislature on issues affecting Alameda County.
Referring to his many years in office, Carson said, "There's a steep learning curve and it takes a while to learn your job in an environment in which there has been a constant downsizing of county government over many years."