OAKLAND -- A former chief of staff to mayors Jerry Brown and Jean Quan is "seriously looking" at running for city council's District 4 seat rather than the school board seat she now holds.
Anne Campbell Washington, 43, was appointed last June by city council to the Oakland Unified School District Board to serve the remaining term of Gary Yee, who became acting superintendent; she had intended to run for election to that seat this year. But she said Saturday that Councilwoman Libby Schaaf's decision to run for mayor forced her to reconsider her own plans.
"I've worked at the city a long time, about 12 years ... and I've been on the school board now for seven, eight months, and I'm really tied into working on city and school issues and where those overlap," she said.
Given that she's also raising her two children here, in the city's Montclair neighborhood, "I feel really compelled to enter that city council race," Campbell Washington said.
Until she stepped down last month, Campbell Washington had spent more than two years as Quan's top policy adviser, working closely with city council, agency directors and staff; she'd done the same for Brown in 2003. In between, she served as chief of staff to the city's fire department and assistant to the city administrator, as well as a stint as operations and special projects director at the Stuart Foundation, an education and child welfare nonprofit in San Francisco.
Others potentially seeking to succeed Schaaf in District 4 include Jill Broadhurst, a community organizer and executive director of the East Bay Rental Housing Association, and Nicolas Heidorn, a former Brown aide and attorney who now is special assistant to the secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency.