Quan Next Oakland Mayor
City Councilwoman Jean Quan won the race for Oakland mayor Wednesday night, defeating former state Senate President Don Perata.
The East Bay Express:
Oakland City Councilwoman Jean Quan has won the Oakland mayor’s race, defeating ex-state Senator Don Perata, 50.98% to 49.02%.
Update 6:08 p.m.: The results aren’t up yet on the registrar’s office website. But our reporter Ellen Cushing is at the registrar’s office with the results. Quan 53,778 votes to Perata 51,720.
A small number of ballots still need to be counted, but they will not affect the outcome, Alameda County Registrar of Voters Dave Macdonald to the Chronicle.
Don Perata claims that Oakland voters did not understand the new system, citing a blog post by California Watch’s Lance Williams. Perata is holding a press conference to discuss the results Thursday morning at 10 am.
Last week Quan moved ahead of Perata’s win unexpectedly after she received more second and third place votes.
Quan will be on Forum Thursday morning at 9 am.