OAKLAND -- Alameda County voters didn't appear too excited Tuesday to cast ballots for new politicians, a judge and a host of tax measures, as many polling places reported low voter turnout.
Alameda County officials predicted a 35 percent voter turnout, nevertheless, those who did vote Tuesday changed the face of the Hayward City Council and the Alameda County Board of Education, supported an incumbent on the county board of supervisors, but failed to select a new judge to the Alameda County bench.
With three candidates vying for a seat on the Alameda County Superior Court bench, no candidate late Tuesday night appeared to have received enough votes to secure an outright victory. As a result, if the results remain the same, a runoff election between Tara Flanagan, 48, and Andrew Wiener, 53, will occur in November. Catherine Haley, 60, was in third place according to early results and, as a result, will be dropped from the ballot if early returns are an indication of how voters decided at the polls.
The race had pitted three private-practicing attorneys against one another. They had all declared their experience as the reason why voters should have selected them to the bench.
Miley leading District 4 supervisor race
Incumbent Alameda County District 4 Supervisor Nate Miley was fending off a challenge to his seat, this time from an Alameda County deputy probation officer, Tojo Thomas.
Results Tuesday evening showed a wide gap between the two candidates, with Miley in the lead. Thomas, a first-time candidate, sought to unseat Miley with a multipronged platform topped by public safety. He criticized Miley's record and said he would fight for better schools, while opposing medical cannabis dispensaries.
Miley was elected in 2000 to the seat that includes East Oakland, Montclair, Castro Valley, Ashland, Cherryland, Fairview, El Portal Ridge and -- since redistricting in 2011 -- Pleasanton.
Halliday on track for Hayward City Council
In Hayward, incumbent Barbara Halliday was leading in the race for one of four open seats on the City Council. In second place was former Hayward City Manager Greg Jones, closely followed by newcomer Al Mendall, a Hayward planning commissioner. Incumbents Francisco Zermeno and Olden Henson were in a tight race for third, with Zermeno holding a slight lead.
Trailing behind Henson were newcomer Peter Bufete, a businessman and instructor; Ralph Farias Jr., who also ran in 2008; and newcomers Shahla Azimi, a city of Oakland revenue analyst, and Fahim A. Khan, an entrepreneur and nonprofit volunteer.
Nine candidates were vying for the four open seats on the seven-member council. Councilman Bill Quirk did not run for re-election, instead seeking the Assembly spot vacated by termed-out Mary Hayashi.
Tight race for Board of Education
Late Tuesday night, Aisha Knowles was leading Geraldine Sonobe in the race for an open seat on the Alameda County Board of Education.
Knowles, 35, is a public information officer for the Alameda County Fire Department. Sonobe, 63, is a former Oakland high school teacher and an executive for College Track, an educational nonprofit that prepares low-income high school students for college.
The winner will represent Area 4, which includes San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Ashland, Castro Valley, Fairview and Cherryland. This was the only competitive race on the county board, which oversees the Alameda County Office of Education. The county agency, based in Hayward, provides teacher training and fiscal oversight to local school districts. It also operates programs for high-risk youths.