OAKLAND — Alice Spearman fell just short of the votes needed to win the District 7 school board race outright and appears headed for a runoff this fall with Doris Limbrick, according to unofficial results from Alameda County Registrar of Voters.

In District 7, which covers East Oakland-Elmhurst, Spearman took 49.54 percent of the vote, to Limbrick's 32.5 percent, with 100 precincts reporting. Spearman has held the seat since 2005.

While Spearman ran unopposed four years ago, she faced two challengers this time around. Beverly Williams, an administrative assistant, placed third in the race with 17 percent.

"It's not over," Limbrick said Wednesday morning. "It's not over until the Lord Jesus Christ says it's over. The race is on!"

Spearman was optimistic Tuesday night that she would win without a runoff, and although she narrowly missed the 50 percent threshold, she emphasized the 19-point spread between her and Limbrick, the recently retired principal of Acts Christian Academy.

"It don't matter," Spearman said. "I'm still the sitting school board person, and I will be the school board person."

School board candidate Jody London received 56 percent of the vote to represent North Oakland on the board, winning handily Tuesday against Brian Rogers (35 percent), director of the Rogers Family Foundation, and Tennessee Reed (9 percent), a writer.

Jumoke Hinton Hodge will succeed her husband, Greg Hodge, on the West Oakland seat after defeating Olugbemiga Oluwole Sr. with 52 percent of the vote to Oluwole's 47 percent.


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Noel Gallo ran unopposed for re-election. He has served the Fruitvale area since 1992.

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