Former Alameda Vice Mayor Lena Tam remains ahead in the race to fill the Alameda County Board of Supervisors seat vacated by the late Wilma Chan, according to unofficial results updated as of Thursday afternoon.
In the two-candidate race for District 3, Tam had 54.95% of the vote compared to current Oakland Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan's 45.05%.
Tam said in an interview that she has a history of collaboration, which in her opinion is key for a county supervisor. Tam aims to address community safety, homelessness and mental health care access if she is elected.
Tam is the daughter of immigrants and said she can provide a voice for the immigrant community because she is bilingual. Nearly 34% of the county population was Asian as of last year, according to an estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Chan was Tam's role model, Tam said, adding that she hopes, if elected, that she can be as good of a facilitator as Chan was.
Chan was fatally struck by a vehicle in Alameda on Nov. 3, 2021, and Dave Brown, her former chief of staff, was chosen to fill her seat following her death.
Kaplan has been on the Oakland City Council since 2009 as an at-large member representing all Oakland residents.
Kaplan's first priority will be homelessness, if elected, followed by job training and student loan forgiveness for frontline essential jobs in medicine, mental health and infrastructure maintenance and then gun crime.