Shortly after the Alameda County Registrar of Voters announced the latest vote count in the Alameda Mayoral race last night, five bells rang on the Merry-Go-Round’s wire service machine, and the following story appeared:
ALAMEDA — It appears that sufficient votes now have been counted to make Trish Spencer the next Mayor of Alameda.
The tally released Sunday evening gave Ms. Spencer 10,243 votes to 10,116 votes for incumbent Mayor Marie Gilmore. Although it is not known how many, if any, Alameda votes remain to be counted, the 127-vote margin seems insurmountable.
Mayor Gilmore did not respond to an email request seeking her reaction to the latest count. Sources close to the Gilmore campaign said the Mayor was closeted with her speechwriter, Assistant City Manager Alex Nguyen, working on how to spin a defeat as vindication of her “vision” for the community.
City Manager John Russo refused to concede that Ms. Gilmore had lost. “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die,” Mr. Russo said when reached at the home of newly elected Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf.
Nevertheless, the City Manager announced that Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor would be performed from the steps of City Hall Monday afternoon. The Whiffenpoofs, the college singing group of which he was a member, will serve as the chorus; Mr. Russo himself will sing the tenor part.
Reactions from Gilmore supporters varied widely.
Planning Board member John Knox White was seen loading his bicycle with household goods. Asked about his plans, Mr. Knox White said he was “heading home” to Mercer Island, Washington. “They’ve got a very robust TDM plan there,” he said. “I should know. I wrote it.”
Former IAFF Local 689 president and current fire chief Mike D’Orazi issued a warning to Alamedans about leaving empty pots on their stoves. “With this new administration, I can’t promise we’ll be able to send three fire companies to turn off the burner,” the Chief said.
His colleague, current union boss Jeff DelBono, irately denied suggestions that the firefighters had not provided adequate support to the Gilmore campaign. “I can’t ask my guys to drive in from Walnut Creek and Danville to man the phone banks every day,” he said. “Why couldn’t Chris Seiwald get some of those software geeks to lend Marie a hand?”
Councilwoman Lena Tam, who was trounced for a seat on the BART board after being termed out on Council, was despondent. “Marie promised me a job at City Hall if I didn’t make the BART board,” she said. “Now what I am going to do? Become a shop steward for the AFSCME?”
Ms. Spencer herself, asked if she had any comment on the results, responded: “No!!!”