Congratulations to Oakland's new Mayor-Elect, Sheng Thao. According to numbers released Monday by Alameda County, Thao, was leading the race with 50.30% of the vote. Sheng didn't wait for her opponent, Loren Taylor to concede to defeat. She declared herself the winner on IG releasing a statement saying, “It’s been a long journey, and I’m incredibly honored by the trust the voters have placed in me. This was a very close election. I want to congratulate Loren Taylor on the strong campaign he ran. Councilmember Taylor and his family have been making a difference for this city for generations and we owe him a real debt of gratitude.”
She also went on to say, “I hope to speak with Councilmember Taylor in the days ahead to find ways to work together for the good of our city. I’m very excited to get to work as Mayor in January, but I’m also very humbled to be here. 15 years ago, I was living in my car with my baby. I’ve been through a lot to get to this moment, and have had so many people lift me up in order to get here.”
Congrats to all candidates! To learn a little bit more about Mayor-Elect Sheng Thao, check out the link from the City of Oakland. https://www.oaklandca.gov/officials/sheng-thao
Check out her IG post below.