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    Messages of gratitude and hope to Albany voters

    November 7th, 2008

    The candidates who won the City Council and the School Board elections Tuesday, wrote messages of gratitude and hope to voters:

    Farid Javandel: “I feel honored to have been selected by the voters of Albany to continue representing them on the City Council. I will do the best I can to represent the interests of all residents by listening respectfully to the concerns they express and working creatively to develop consensus solutions. This is what I have tried to do over the past four years, what I emphasized in my reelection campaign, and what I hope to do even better over the next four years. Read the rest of this entry »


    Nick Pilch: “I’m proud of the voters of Albany”

    November 7th, 2008

    Nick Pilch, one of the candidates who did not get elected into the City Council, wrote the message below to the community:

    “I’m proud of the voters of Albany for producing somewhat unconventional results in our local election. And I’m happy to have gotten the support that you’ve given me. And I’m happy that *all* of the candidates received support from the voters. This was a close race and Albany was lucky to have had a great selection of candidates to choose from. Read the rest of this entry »


    Meet Election Candidates: Farid Javandel for Albany City Council

    October 20th, 2008

    Farid Javandel wore a letterman jacket which records his glorious achievements at Albany High School at Solano stroll last month. Javandel is seeking reelection to the Albany City Council. Photo by Linda (Linjun) Fan.  Below is his campaign statement:

    “I was raised in Albany and now I am raising my children here. Albany’s excellent schools, responsive police and emergency services, parks and recreational opportunities, and dedicated citizens serving and improving the City make it a wonderful community for families in the midst of a major metropolitan area. We must achieve both economic and environmental sustainability to retain this quality of life. Read the rest of this entry »


    Missing: Council candidate Peggy Thomsen’s campaign signs

    October 13th, 2008

    A yard sign of  City Council candidate Peggy Thomsen on Jackson Street, Albany. Photo by Linda (Linjun) Fan.

    Unlike the previous two elections during which lawsuits were filed, no disputes have popped up into the current City Council race in Albany — except for eight yard signs of candidate Peggy Thomsen that went missing recently. Read the rest of this entry »


    Meet Election Candidate: Leo Panian for Albany City Council

    October 8th, 2008

    Leo Panian, chair of Albany’s Planning and Zoning Commission, is running for the City Council for the first time. Panian says the purpose of his campaign to “place sustainability at the heart of city politics and decision making”. Read the rest of this entry »


    City Council candidates debate on sports facility issues

    October 3rd, 2008

    Kids of Albany Little League listened to City Council candidates debating on sports facility issues at Albany Community Center Wednesday. It was the first time the candidates show up together to talk to the community. Click here to watch the debate online. The six candidates are Robert Lieber, Farid Javandel, Peggy Thomsen, Nick Pilch, Ellen Toomey and Leo Panian.


    Meet Election Candidates: Nick Pilch for Albany City Council

    October 3rd, 2008

    Nick Pilch, one of the six candidates for Albany City Council, rides his bike around town. He is also using facebook.com, a popular social networking website, to advocate his campaign ideas and seek supporters. Pilch calls himself a “green” candidate, and promises to pursue a series of environmental-friendly policies once elected to the Council. Read the rest of this entry »


    Meet Election Candidates: Ellen Toomey for Albany City Council

    September 28th, 2008

    Ellen Toomey, a funding member of Albany’s SchoolCARE and an avid advocate for urban farms, is one of the six candidates running for three seats on the Albany City Council.  Read a message from Toomey on her campaign ideas: Read the rest of this entry »


    Meet Election Candidates: Robert Lieber for Albany City Council

    September 26th, 2008

    Albany Mayor Robert Lieber is seeking reelection to the City Council. Lieber has robust supporters as well as  staunch opponents in the community, due to his sharp positions on several controversial city issues, such as waterfront development and direct election of mayor. Read the rest of this entry »


    Meet Election Candidates: Peggy Thomsen for Albany City Council

    September 22nd, 2008

    Peggy Thomsen, a senior community leader, is running for Albany City Council again in the 2008 election. Six candidates are competing for three seats on the council. Each of them will be introduced by Albany Today in the following weeks.  Watch a video message from Thomsen:

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    Meet Election Candidates: John Kindle for Albany School Board

    September 21st, 2008

    John Kindle, parent of an Albany eighth-grader, is running for Albany School Board for the second time. Photo by Linda (Linjun) Fan.

    John Kindle doesn’t print any signs for his campaign this year, although he is running for Albany School Board. He is reusing the signs printed in the election he lost two years ago.

    “I am a big believer in recycling, ” Kindle said. Read the rest of this entry »


    Meet Election Candidates: Ron Rosenbaum for Albany School Board

    September 21st, 2008

    Incumbent candidate  for Albany School Board  Ron Rosenbaum held a campaign sign at Solano Stroll parade. Rosenbaum is well-known in the community as a former principal of Albany High School and an Albany resident for more than three decades. He wrote the following message addressed to Albany voters:   Read the rest of this entry »


    Meet Election Candidates: Patricia Low for Albany School Board

    September 21st, 2008

    Patricia Low is running for Albany School Board against John Kindle and incumbent Ron Rosenbaum . The three candidates are competing for two seats at the school board. Photo by Linda (Linjun) Fan.

    Patricia Low traced her decision to run for Albany School Board back to her kindergarten year.  When she was a kindergartner in San Francisco Chinatown in the 1960s, boys and girls were separated in the school yard. Read the rest of this entry »