|Dr. Terrance Candell calls out other candidates|
As of this writing, the latest news in the Oakland Mayor's Race has Oakland Councilmember and Oakland Mayor's Race Candidate Rebecca Kaplan filing her papers to run for the office as this is written, as has Greg Harland, Don Macleay, and Joe Tuman, and with Former State Senator Don Perata and Oakland Councilmember Jean Quan set to file their papers on Wednesday.
As of this writing, it's not confirmed if Orlando Johnson secured the necessary 100 signatures needed to complete his filing documents by Wednesday. Larry Lionel Young, Jr., has also filed early, but has made himself a relative unknown save for a YouTube video of a house he's trying to sell and a handout at the last Oakland Mayor's Race Candidate's Forum.
Kaplan issues a statement
Kaplan, who this blogger interviewed last week, with two other videos from that to come, issued this statement today: "Oakland is ready for a new direction and effective leadership. I believe that Oakland can be an engine of economic revitalization, bringing jobs and opportunities back to our City."
Terrance Candell gets tough
Why most of the candidates waited until Tuesday and Wednesday to file their papers is still rests in a concern to get the documents properly prepared, but Dr. Terrance Candell didn't mince words about the fact that he was first: "(It) shows me that the person who files first is the first to care. It shows me that there's going to be a lackadaisical attitude of the other candidates."
Speaking for Don Perata, Rhys Williams explained that the Perata campaign wanted to take a little more time to get things right. Don Macleay, without knowing what the Perata campaign said, made a similar statement to me today.
As of this writing, none of the other candidates were available to respond to Candell's bold claim. It's clear Dr. Candell's thrown down the gauntlet for what's already an interesting Oakland Mayor's Race, made all the more so today.