OAKLAND -- Oakland is guaranteed to elect three new council members this November for the first time in 16 years, and with several incumbents leaving office, there is no shortage of candidates looking to take their spots.
In all, 25 people have qualified to run for five council seats up for grabs this year, the city clerk's office reported this week.
The marquee matchup will be for the at-large seat, where incumbent Rebecca Kaplan is being challenged by Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente, who decided against running for a sixth term representing District 5 in the Fruitvale.
Another closely watched city race will be for city attorney, where Barbara Parker, who was appointed to the position last year, will square off against Councilmember Jane Brunner, who is giving up her District 1 seat representing North Oakland.
There is also a school facilities bond measure and four school board races on the ballot. The only school board incumbent not running is Noel Gallo, who is seeking to take De La Fuente's council seat.
The $475 million facilities bond would cost $60 for every $100,000 of taxable property value. If the levy is approved by 55 percent of voters, its proceeds would go to replace old portable classrooms and to upgrade schools' technology and science labs, among other projects.
Here is the list of Oakland qualified candidates; (i) indicates incumbent.
City Council District 1 (North Oakland)
Gordon "Don" Link
Donald L. Macleay
City Council District 3 (West Oakland and Downtown)
Larry Lionel Young, Jr.
City Council District 5 (Fruitvale, Glenview)
City Council District 7 (East Oakland)
Larry Reid (i)
City Council At-Large
Ignacio De La Fuente
Rebecca Kaplan (i)
Carol Lee Tolbert
School Board District 1 (North Oakland)
Jody London (i)
School Board District 3 (West Oakland)
Jumoke Hinton-Hodge (i)
School Board District 5 (Fruitvale, Glenview)
School Board District 7 (East Oakland)
Alice Spearman (i)
Contact Matthew Artz at 510-208-6345. Staff writer Katy Murphy contributed to this story.