Talking Oakland politics
In a September 19 San Francisco Chronicle article, Professor of Political Science Robert Smith commented on the budding race for Oakland mayor. Oakland Councilwoman Jean Quan announced a formal fundraising drive that Smith said could make the race interesting. "I think she could make this a competitive two-person race," Smith said. "A little bit because she's a woman, but mostly because she's Asian American. That allows her to mobilize that constituency, especially with fundraising."