De La Fuente not ready
to concede Mayor's race
By Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News Service
June 7, 2006
OAKLAND (BCN) - Oakland City Council President Igancio
De La Fuente said today that he's not ready to concede the Oakland
mayoral contest even though the latest election results show that
former congressman Ron Dellums has more than the 50 percent total
needed to avoid a November runoff.
Interviewed in a downtown Oakland courtroom where his son is
having a preliminary hearing on charges that he sexually assaulted
four different women between 2003 and 2005, De La Fuente said
he wants to "wait and see" until all the absentee ballots
in the race are counted.
De La Fuente said he's been told that there are about 5,000 absentee
ballots that still need to be counted and it may take several
days to count them.
De La Fuente said, "I want to wait until every vote is counted.''
In the latest tally, with all 275 precincts reporting, Dellums
has 30,643 votes, or 50.2 percent of the total, and De La Fuente
has 20,117 votes, or 33 percent.
City Councilmember Nancy Nadel is in third place in the six candidate
race with 7,891 votes, or 12.9 percent. The three other candidates
have less than 2.5 percent of the vote each.
De La Fuente said that if he's able to get into a runoff with
Dellums in November he's hopeful that he'd be able to make up
the large difference between the two candidates in Tuesday's election.
He said if there's a runoff, "It would be a good opportunity
to look at our differences one-on-one and have a healthy debate.
That's what democracy is all about."
The hearing for De La Fuente's son, Ignacio Rafael De La Fuente
Jr., will start at 1:30 p.m. today and is expected to take several
days, according to his attorneys.
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