ALAMEDA -- City Council candidate Beverly Johnson is ending her bid for re-election, saying her recent appointment to a state job by Gov. Jerry Brown will prevent her from having enough time to fully serve Alameda residents.
"I will be dropping out and will not be seeking a seat on the council," said Johnson, an attorney and former Alameda mayor who has been on the council since 2010.
Her announcement Tuesday follows her appointment as deputy director at the state Office of Administrative Law, which works to ensure that state agency regulations are clear, necessary, legally valid and available to the public.
The position, which required state Senate confirmation, comes with an annual salary of $124,236.
"It will begin on Oct. 1," said Johnson, a Democrat. "I didn't know that was the date the job would start when I began running for the council, which is another reason why I decided to drop out of the race."
The 53-year-old Johnson said she believed Alameda voters still will have qualified city council candidates to choose from in November, although she declined to make any endorsements.
"There are a lot of good choices and I think the citizens of Alameda will be well served as we go forward," she said.
The candidates who are still vying for the two open council seats are Planning Board member Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft; Jeff Cambra, the former president of the Alameda League of Women Voters; Stewart Chen, who
The open seats are currently held by Johnson and Doug deHann, who is being termed out.
A third council seat also could become open if Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta succeeds in his campaign to represent the 18th district in the state Assembly. If Bonta wins, the third top vote-getter among the candidates would get his seat. His council term will expire in December 2014.
Johnson initially served on the council from 1998 to 2002 and was mayor from 2002 to 2010.
She has been a self-employed attorney since 2000 and holds a law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
The state Office of Administrative Law, where Johnson will serve as deputy director, reviews administrative regulations proposed by more than 200 state agencies for compliance with standards outlined in California's Administrative Procedure Act, transmits the regulations to the Secretary of State and publishes them in the California Code of Regulations.
The governor announced Johnson's appointment on July 16.
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