OAKLAND — Ignacio De La Fuente made it official Sunday night: He won't be in the running when he and his colleagues choose a council president at their meeting today.
It's possible De La Fuente would not have been able to maintain his 10-year hold on the position had he tried, and some council members indicated last week he was not in the running for the position.
De La Fuente (Glenview-Fruitvale) didn't comment publicly about the issue before his office sent out a statement shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday.
"The position of council president is a challenging one," he said in the statement. "It requires an individual to strike a delicate balance between ensuring that official city business is conducted openly and efficiently, while also making sure that all parties have a voice in the process. I look forward to the change a new council president will bring to Oakland and I will support their efforts to continue moving Oakland forward."
The eight-member board will select a president after swearing-in ceremonies for council members other officials elected in 2008. The meeting begins at 11 a.m. at City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.
A number of council members are said to be interested in the council presidency and Jane Brunner (North Oakland) could be the favorite. She said last week she was interested, but declined to speculate on what would happen.
Larry Reid (Elmhurst-East Oakland) also said he would like the job, but said he didn't think he had the votes and would support Brunner if he doesn't get it. Councilmembers Nancy Nadel (Downtown-West Oakland) and Jean Quan (Montclair-Laurel) are said to have shown interest as well.
Nadel declined to comment, while Quan did not return phone calls or e-mails last week about her interest in the position.
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