Nov. 6: The below tally doesn't include all of the mail-in ballots that have yet to be counted in these hotly contested races, but the results for the Oakland school board races and Measure J (which I've rounded) were pretty decisive. Two of the three incumbents, Jody London and Jumoke Hinton Hodge, will remain on the board.
District 1: Incumbent London, 76 percent -- defeated Thearse Pecot.
District 3: Incumbent Hinton Hodge, 61 percent (after ranked-choice voting ran its course) -- defeated Richard Fuentes and Ben Lang.
District 5: Rosie Torres, 54 percent -- defeated Mike Hutchinson in an open race for a seat long held by Noel Gallo.
District 7: James Harris, 57 percent -- defeated Alice Spearman, who has said she might raise a legal challenge again, after the election; Harris lives in Oakland but in a neighborhood affiliated with the San Leandro school district.
Measure J: 84 percent (needed 55 percent to pass).
What do you think this outcome will mean for Oakland Unified -- besides two new board members?
Jessica Stewart: Congrats to these four, and thanks for being willing to take on a really tough and important role in Oakland. It's far from easy being a school board member. Thank you in advance for serving.
And thank you so, so much to everyone who worked hard for Measure J and Prop 30 as well. Much of the water of the Prop 30 campaign was carried by OEA, OCO, and Educate Our State. I am very grateful for all the hard work there -- great job, Oakland education community!
Let's continue to find ways to come together and align on more resources for kids and policies we can all get behind that make OUSD strong.
Mary: My deepest, most heartfelt congratulations go out to Jumoke, Rosie, James and Jody! I am proud to have had the privilege to work with you for Oakland and Oakland's children. Throughout this campaign cycle I have been awed by the sheer drive, determination and love that have come from parents, teachers, and community members. It is a truly inspiring time to be an Oakland resident!
Frederick Douglass said it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. I believe neither is an easy task, but I know that my fellow Oaklanders across a broad spectrum and on both sides of these campaigns are up to the tasks ahead.
Oaklandedlandscape: Congratulations to everyone that supports this movement. The new board composition is a game changer for Oakland schools. We face numerous challenges moving forward, and I am 100 percent confident in the ability of the new board to do what is right for all students in Oakland. Now the work begins. ...
Livegreen: It's great to have new blood on the board. New energy, and hopefully civil discourse (even during disagreements). Not all the traditional unending posturing and even name calling.
As for Measure J, as a homeowner I'm not looking forward to the bill. But I am looking forward to new school facilities that will help offer a better education for children, help retain more families in OUSD and Oakland, and help maintain our tax base.
And, most importantly, improve the safety of our children and their teachers.
Teacher: I am unsure why posters believe that the "new board" will have different outcomes. Board directors have a pretty miserable job, and most people end up melding into a Second Avenue mentality regardless of their original intent and personality. The two directors who most often spoke with their own voice are both leaving: Director Gallo and Director Spearman.
You will be missed!
Jim Mordecai: Teacher:
Time will tell. But you've said well what I believe. It is a thankless job taking time away from family and job for what? For one's civic duty?
With ease I, and the public, can criticize, but we are sadly lacking in showing regard and appreciation for this important work that these people elected and appointed do to make democracy and self-government work as well as it does.