ALAMEDA -- Island voters will select a mayor, two City Council members and two trustees for the Alameda Unified School District when they go to the polls in November.

Voters will also choose representatives for the Alameda Health Care District, which oversees Alameda Hospital, and decide the fate of a $180 million bond to help fund upgrades and improvements at local public schools.

Marie Gilmore, elected mayor in 2010, is seeking another term. Before becoming mayor, Gilmore served on the City Council, where she was first elected in 2004, as well as on the city's Planning Board and on the Recreation Commission.

Gilmore's only challenger for the city's top post is Trish Spencer, who currently serves on the Alameda school board.

An attorney, Spencer was the top vote-getter among the eight candidates seeking a seat on the board during the November 2012 contest. She was initially elected in 2008 and her current term as a trustee ends in 2016.

Stewart Chen is seeking re-election to the City Council. A chiropractor, Chen previously served on the board of the Alameda Health Care District and has been on the council since November 2012.

During the election two years ago, Chen came in third behind Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Tony Daysog, who secured the two council seats that were open. But Chen still secured a spot on the council because then-Vice Mayor Rob Bonta's seat became vacant following his election to the state Assembly.


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Lena Tam's seat on the council, which she has held since 2006, also will be available this November. Tam, who is termed out, is running for a seat on the BART board of directors.

Along with Chen, Frank Matarrese and Jim Oddie are running for the council.

Matarrese, the owner and principal consultant for the biotechnology firm GxPBase, served on the council between November 2002 and December 2010. He then made an unsuccessful bid for mayor, losing out to Gilmore.

An attorney, Oddie works as a district director for Assemblyman Rob Bonta.

Two seats are open on the Alameda school board. Current board President Margie Sherratt, elected four years ago, has decided not to seek another term. Mike McMahon, first elected in 2002, is hoping to retain his seat.

Those joining McMahon in the contest for the two available spots are Gary Lym and Solana Henneberry, a teacher at the Mt. Diablo Unified School District and the wife of Mike Henneberry, a Planning Board member.

Three full-term seats are open at the Alameda Health Care District. Incumbents Lynn Mark Bratchett, Robert Deutsch and Tracy Jensen are each seeking re-election. Jim Meyers is also a candidate.

In addition, Kathryn Saenz Duke, who was appointed to the hospital board in September following the resignation of Jordan Battani, is running to retain the seat and to finish out the remaining two years of Battani's term.

Reach Peter Hegarty at 510-748-1654 or follow him on Twitter.com/Peter_Hegarty.

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