Elections 2012: Candidates of Fremont, Newark and Union City Races

A round up of candidates who have filed to run for elected seats throughout the Tri-Cities.

With less than three months away from Election Day, dozens of individuals surfaced Friday as candidates for numerous seats throughout the East Bay.

In the Tri-Cities, there will be some important races with mayoral and city council races occurring in Fremont and Union City and seats up for grabs on school boards in Fremont, Newark and Union City.

Here is a list of candidates of local races who filed with the Alameda County Registrar’s Office. Information was also gathered from the City of Union City City Clerk's Office: (The list reflects candidates who filed as of 12:55 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15.)


Fremont Mayoral Race

  • Aziz Akbari
  • Steve Cho
  • Bill Harrison
  • Anu Natarajan

Fremont City Council Race (two seats)

  • Vinnie Bacon
  • Suzanne "Sue" Chan (Incumbent)
  • John Dutra
  • Rick Jones
  • Rakesh Sharma
  • Mark L. Wadley

Union City Mayoral Race

  • Carol Dutra-Vernaci

Union City City Council Race (one seat)

  • Jose Estrella
  • Jim Navarro (Incumbent)


Fremont Unified School District (three seats)

  • Desrie Y. Campbell
  • Ann Crosbie
  • Reshma Karipineni
  • Lily Mei (Incumbent)
  • Hiu Ng
  • Yang Shao

Newark Unified School District (three seats)

  • Jan Crocker (Incumbent)
  • Ray J. Rodriguez (Incumbent)
  • Gary A. Stadler

New Haven Unified School District (three seats)

  • Jonas Dino (Incumbent)
  • Nick Fresquez
  • Michelle Parnala Matthews (Incumbent)
  • Michael Ritchie (Incumbent)

Ohlone Community College

  • Area 1, short term (one seat)
    • Vivien Larsen (Incumbent)
    • Area 2 (three seats)
      • Greg Bonaccorsi (Incumbent)
      • Kevin Bristow
      • Teresa Cox (Incumbent)


Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 2, short-term (one seat)

  • Mark Green
  • Mary Hayashi
  • Robert Ridgeway
  • Mark A. Turnquist
  • Richard Valle (Incumbent)

Check back on Patch for updates on who has filed for candidacy in this year’s elections.

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Davis August 14, 2012 at 12:58 AM
We are definitely not going to vote for any incumbent on the New Haven School Board! Their ineptitude has wasted thousands in district funds!
ordinary joe August 14, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Thanks for the report. Thank God, hopefully there is none like the King of Bain Romney and the hack-saw (to cut Medicare and Social Security funding) Paul Ryan running for these local offices. We need more compassionate local people than Romney and Ryan.
Mona Taplin August 14, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Gary Stadler, you have my vote. I want a sign for my yard. I find it very difficult to get around much anymore to do a lot, but I will urge all my friends to vote for you. JAMES, if you were registered to vote, you could vote for Gary, the kind of person you want serving on the school board!
Rob Sorensen August 14, 2012 at 10:19 PM
For ordinary joe, clarifying his assertion about cuts, left out that those retired or near retirement aren't effected. The out years are where benefit promises are brought into something approaching reality. I guess ordinary joe doesn't believe that Greece and other Euro countries facing "realities" are really real problems. The U.S. has been helping but I fear it's not enough. We'll see soon enough.
Geoff Burton August 15, 2012 at 07:28 AM
Hayashi is a thief, we would be better off with my dog in the supervisors chair. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Ms Hayashi has a lot in common with our Pug Loki, You see no matter what we do, Loki will not stop stealing cloths and I'm certain she feels no more remorse than Ms Hayashi.Vote Loki for Alameda County Supervisor, we know she's a thief, but she means well.
Geoff Burton August 15, 2012 at 07:31 AM
All the best to you Gary, I will contribute to your campaign. Your a good man and I know you will shake things up and your good works on behalf of Newark's kids are worthy of Media coverage with or without an election in the balance .
Barney Google August 15, 2012 at 01:01 PM
People like ordinary joe will vote for her. Uninformed voters will always vote (not knowing) for corruption. There are not enough Independent thinking people left in California today.
Jane Mueller August 24, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I understand there is a fifth candidate for Fremont Mayor: Linda Susoev. I also understand that some Council and Mayor candidates will not file ballot statements because it costs $3400 (whereas school board candidates can file their statements at not cost). Can anyone verify this and explain why there is such a difference?
Nika Megino (Editor) August 24, 2012 at 05:53 PM
We will check in on this. Thanks, Jane!
Nika Megino (Editor) August 24, 2012 at 05:54 PM
And, yes. There is a fifth mayoral candidate in Fremont. You can find the most recent information about elections in Fremont on Fremont Patch: http://fremont.patch.com/articles/elections-2012-who-s-running
Rob Sorensen August 24, 2012 at 06:47 PM
League of Women Voters will publish statements for all candidates in a voter guide. The County Registrar voter guide costs because it gets mailed out. League public is distributed thru libraries, volunteers, etc., as I recall. There are voter websites for such statements to be posted.
James Nelson August 30, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Mona, You ever considered a Power Scooter? If I was your age I'd get one and turbo soup it up! Never have to worry about getting around ever again. Plus it's GREEN!


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