Dellums's outlook


By Sarah Phelan
At Ron Dellums Party, Kimball's Carnival

Leaving San Francisco, we could feel the temperature rise as we crossed the Bay Bridge. By the time we got to Kimball's, the party for Ron Dellums was absolutely raging.

Dellums is beating Ignacio De La Fuente 44 to 36 percent in the race for mayor of Oakland, but with only 1 percent of precincts reporting, the outcome is far from clear. Nevertheless, Dellums was looking relaxed and stately.

Mobbed by a bunch of reporters, Dellums told the Guardian, "I'm feeling very much at peace with myself. I was asked to answer the call, and though it took me out of my comfort zone, I take the public's wishes very seriously.

He went on to say, "I've run a totally positive campaign, even though I've been hit hard. I find negative campaigning disrespectful, demeaning, and diminishing. I've given it every ounce of my being, and now I leave it up to the people."

Asked what he thought his chances were of following in the footsteps of Jerry Brown, the former US representative said, "If we're at 44 percent now with just the absentee votes, then I think we're going to take it over the top, because more progressive people tend to vote later on."