OAKLAND -- In a surprise move, Alameda County's longtime auditor is not seeking re-election in June and his chief deputy is the sole candidate running to replace him.
First elected in 1986, Alameda County Auditor-Controller/Clerk Recorder Patrick O'Connell filed preliminary election paperwork earlier this year, giving the appearance that he was running for re-election but never submitted his formal candidacy by the Friday deadline.
Because the incumbent is not running, the deadline to declare candidacy for the June 3 election has been extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday.
On Friday, Alameda County Chief Deputy Auditor Steve Manning filed papers to run for the top job.
Alameda County's auditor leads a department responsible for all accounting, payroll, tax analysis, contract compliance and auditing of budgeting and grants. The position also has a dual role of clerk-recorder, charged with the maintenance of vital records, maps and other public documents.
Manning did not return calls made to his office on Friday and Monday. O'Connell was also not immediately available for comment Monday.
If no one else runs, Manning will be one of several candidates facing uncontested elections for top jobs in Alameda County.
Also running unopposed in June are six incumbents: Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, Sheriff-Coroner Greg Ahern, Assessor Ron Thomsen, Treasurer/Tax Collector Donald R. White and two county supervisors, Richard Valle and Wilma Chan.