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News - May 25, 2012

Five candidates in running to replace Supervisor Nadia Lockyer

Decision to be made June 5

by Jeb Bing

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors selected five candidates Tuesday to continue to the next round of the public appointment process to replace Nadia Lockyer, who resigned in April as County Supervisor for District 2.

The five candidates, in alphabetical order, are: Ana Apodaca, Sheryl Grant, Mark Green, Gail Steele and Richard Valle. They were selected from a list of eight District 2 residents who applied for the appointment.

They will be interviewed by the Board of Supervisors at a special public session at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

According to a tentative schedule, County Supervisors will deliberate and make their selection on Tuesday, June 5, and will swear in the new District 2 Supervisor on Tuesday, June 12, in the Board of Supervisors Chamber, Fifth Floor, 1221 Oak St., Oakland.

The schedule is subject to change and the Board could call one or more additional special sessions in order to complete the appointment process.

By law, the Board has until June 19 to fill the vacancy by appointment. Otherwise, the right to appoint reverts to the Gov. Jerry Brown.

The board's appointment will serve as District 2 Supervisor until the Nov. 6 General Election, when voters will be asked to elect a candidate to serve out the existing term through 2014.

County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer, who announced Feb. 14 that she was at a wellness and recovery center, resigned her position April 20, saying she wasn't able to be a good mother to her child and represent her 325,000 constituents in District 2 "while also trudging the waters of early recovery from addiction and the aftermath of interpersonal violence."

Lockyer, 40, who is married to California Treasurer Bill Lockyer, apparently was referring to an incident at a motel in Newark on Feb. 3 in which she alleged that an ex-boyfriend assaulted her. The Alameda County District Attorney's Office initially investigated her allegations but then turned the probe over to the California Attorney General's Office because Lockyer formerly worked for an agency connected to the district attorney's office.

Before she was elected to the Board of Supervisors in November 2010, Lockyer worked for the Alameda County Family Justice Center, an agency in which the District Attorney's Office and other county departments work together to provide a variety of services to victims of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse and sexual abuse and exploitation.

District 2 includes the cities of Hayward, Newark and Union City, the northern portion of the city of Fremont and a portion of Sunol.

To learn more about the candidates and the selection process, go to