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Greg Harland, Maya Dillard Smith, Terrance Candell for Mayor of Oakland

The City of Oakland, California Mayor's race is more crowded than you think. It's not just Don Perata, Don MacLeay, Oakland District 4 Councilmember Jean Quan, and Rebecca Kaplan. The Oakland Mayor's Race has ten candidates, nine of them fully known and the last one still largely "under the radar."

The full list of Oakland Mayor's Race candidates consists of incumbent Ron Dellums, Don Perata, Don MacLeay, Jean Quan, Greg Harland, Maya Dillard Smith, Terrance Candell, and an tenth person who's still not ready for prime time, but will be.

Ten choices for Mayor of Oakland, California.

This blogger just got off the phone with Greg Hatland, who's an Oaklander who graduated from Oakland High School in 1964 and lives close to California Attorney General Jerry Brown in the Oakland Hills. Hartland, who's website is at Harland4Mayor.com, decided to run for Mayor because Oakland has been a focus of crime for as long as he could remember and wanted to take action.

Harland's worked to stay relatively quiet until his campaign kickoff on May 1st from 11 AM to 5 PM PDT at Alpha Omega Worship Center located at 8627 International Blvd, in Oakland (of course). He's offering a $10 steak dinner and a chance to win a $100 cash prize at his event.

Maya Dillard Smith is someone who said she was running for Mayor last year and approached this blogger to explain her intentions. Since that time, Maya Dillard Smith's established a Facebook page as her website called Maya for Mayor, but as of this writing has not announced an official kickoff event.

Terrance Candell calls himself "The People's Mayor" and has this video below where he has others calling the other Oakland politicians sell-outs, takes a not-too-veiled swipe at Don Perata, and ends with Candell saying "I'm Terrance Candell and I'm not for sale."

Other than a March 13th campaign meeting, Terrance has no scheduled events on his extensive website at Candell4Mayor.com.

So there's the almost full, and bound to get larger, list of candidates for Mayor of Oakland. Unfortunately, you only knew of a few of them; not any more.

Stay tuned.
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