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District 4

What's at stake? Eight candidates are vying for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors District 4 seat. The district, diverse both ethnically and socio-economically, stretches from Dublin to East Oakland. Each candidate brings an equally diverse mix of issues to the table, from affordable housing to assisted living for seniors. Two incumbents -- Scott Haggerty in District 1 and Keith Carson in District 5 -- are unopposed.


Who is he? Joseph Debro, 71, of Oakland has been active in civic and public service organizations, including serving as director for the state Office of Small Business, director of the Oakland Small Business Development Center, director of Model Cities Program -- Oakland, and vice president of the Mayor's Office of Economic Development. He co-founded the National Association of Minority Contractors. He also was one of few people who publicly criticized the deal to return the Raiders football team to Oakland. Debro received a master's degree from UC-Berkeley.

Why is he running? Debro would focus on education, assisted living and day care for seniors, prepaid health for the working poor, affordable housing, and traffic and parking issues.


Who is he? Mark Breazeal, 40, is a self-employed economist and consultant who specializes in mediation and conflict resolution. A Dublin resident since 1989, he has varied business experience. He is a graduate of Alameda High School and attended Alameda and Laney community colleges.

Why is he running? Breazeal would focus on helping small businesses with tax refunds or tax cuts. He would also work to get quality health care for the community.


Who is he? Vincent Reyes, 49, of Oakland, is the director of human relations in the Office of Human Relations and Diversity Affairs for the Alameda County Social Service Agency. He has extensive community service experience, including serving on the planning commission for Oakland for the past five years, and formerly serving as chairman for Human Relations for Oakland. Reyes also has taught ethnic studies at the university level. The Sacramento State University graduate works with youth and crime prevention programs, encouraging young people to get out of gangs.

Why is he running? Reyes believes the combination of his professional experience and community background -- related to economic injustice, social rights and human rights -- have given him the ability to build consensus in an urban core area like Oakland. He would focus on enhancing children and family services and health care. He would also work on regional issues such as transportation and growth.


Who is he? Dan Scannell, 35, of Dublin is a legislative analyst and consultant, currently contracting with the state Department of Health Services. He has worked for more than 15 years for public interest groups. A graduate of the University of California-Berkeley, Scannell served as executive director of 1988's Proposition 105 campaign, which required disclosures in political and product advertising.

Why is he running? Scannell said he has been frustrated and disillusioned by politics, specifically county politics, which often overlook Castro Valley and Dublin. He said his 35 years as a resident of the area give him understanding of the issues facing the diverse community. Scannell said he would focus on traffic, urban sprawl and lack of affordable housing.


Who is she? Linda Tangren, 55, of Castro Valley, owner of a travel agency, served two terms on the Castro Valley School Board. She also served on the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Board. Tangren has had 16 years of experience dealing with union negotiations, budget cuts and shortfalls. The Chabot College graduate is enrolled in a business degree program at Holy Names College. She is an active member of the Rotary Club and has been elected officer of the National Political Women's Caucus.

Why is she running? Tangren said she would focus on health care and transportation. She plans to be responsive and accessible to the community.


Who is he? Nate Miley, 48, of Oakland, has served as a councilman for Oakland since 1991, where he currently serves as chair of the Public Safety Committee. A University of Maryland School of Law graduate, Miley moved to Oakland in 1976 and worked as a Jesuit volunteer. He created the United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County in 1986 to advocate better senior services, and he sponsored the Oakland law that gave police the power to crack down on problem liquor stores in neighborhoods. Miley also sponsored Oakland's first ordinance banning smoking in the workplace, among other resolutions and laws. He is founder and chair of the city of Oakland Waterfront Roundtable that pushes for open space, public access and responsible development of Oakland's Estuary.

Why is he running? Miley says his lengthy experience as an Oakland councilman has prepared him to deal on a regional and ethnically diverse level. Whether it's better transportation services, relieving traffic congestion, improving public safety, effective delivery of county services or greater accessibility to health care, he plans to improve them all.


Who is he? Brian Morrison, 40, of Castro Valley, who owns a heating and air conditioning company, was the sole candidate to run against incumbent Mary King in 1996. Morrison sits on several boards and committees including the East Bay Cancer Support Group, and the zoning and planning board of the Castro Valley Chamber of Commerce. He also has been active on school committees within the Alameda County school system.

Why is he running? Morrison believes the county has made poor planning and funding decisions affecting Castro Valley residents. If elected, he would focus on fiscal responsibility, curbing juvenile crime, extending library hours and making the county hospital more efficient.


Who is she? Audrey Rice Oliver, 58, of Oakland is president and CEO of San Ramon-based Integrated Business Solutions.

No other information available.


Published February 20, 2000

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