Quan celebrates victory, fundraises to alleviate campaign debt
on November 13, 2010
A wave of applause and a flurry of camera flashes greeted Mayor-elect Jean Quan on Friday night at her celebratory dinner, marking the end of her campaign and the beginning of her transition to becoming Oakland’s first female and Asian American mayor. “Did we make history? We made history,” Quan said proudly to nearly 200 people who attended the dinner at King of King, a Chinese restaurant in East Oakland.
Supporters took turns sharing their excitement and praising Quan for her political achievements. The seven-course dinner also served as a fundraiser to alleviate some of the $150,000 campaign debt, said Quan’s daughter Leilan Huen.
Just two days before, and more than a week following Election Day, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters announced the results of the city’s first election using ranked-choice voting—voters had been allowed to choose their top three choices in the 10-person mayoral race. After the first round of ballots were counted on the night of the November 2 election, former state senator Don Perata led the race with 35.13 percent; Quan followed with 24.3 percent. But after the second- and third-place votes were distributed, Quan won by less than two percent, with 50.98 percent of the vote. “If you win by one vote, you win,” Quan said during a press conference immediately following the release of the results Wednesday night.
Quan will begin her term, replacing current Mayor Ron Dellums, on January 3, 2011. Until then, she said she is working on building a new administration to help her tackle her priority issues—crime, unemployment and at-risk youth in Oakland.
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