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View Diary: The Next Mayor of Oakland - My Choice is Joseph Tuman (23 comments)

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  •  can't remember in which spot ... (0+ / 0-)

    but tuman was one of my three ranked-choice vote selections last time around.

    (quan was not. good gravy, is she awful.)

    i'll gladly vote for him again.

    "i hear you're mad about brubeck ... i like your eyes. i like him too." -donald fagen

    by homo neurotic on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 12:58:16 PM PDT

    •  Tuman's very diplomatic (1+ / 0-)
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      If there's anything I appreciate about him as a potential Mayoral candidate, he has lots of discipline and knows how to communicate with people.  Unlike Jean Quan, while Joe Tuman is effectively a politician but he's got a very welcoming, non-antagonistic approach.  He's definitely got a long history in academics but he's also practical.  And he actually listens to people no matter what side on the fence they're on.  Isn't this what Oakland needs instead of becoming another Detroit?

      •  he strikes me very similarly (0+ / 0-)

        have not met him, but coincidentally, i'd actually first started to track his campaign following the recommendation of a former co-worker who herself had taken a class he taught.

        "i hear you're mad about brubeck ... i like your eyes. i like him too." -donald fagen

        by homo neurotic on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 01:38:56 PM PDT

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        •  He's a nice guy. Really approachable. (1+ / 0-)
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          I hate to compare Joe Tuman to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee but the truth is, he's got a similar character:  Not a lightning rod, not someone who strives for attention but someone who simply wants to do the job and serve.

          Of course, Tuman has been more involved in academia and he's a teacher and political analyst but

          I can tell you this:  As I mentioned in my diary, I had Joe Tuman as a teacher in the fall of 2000, his demeanor has not changed.  What has changed is his awareness of things around but like in 2000, Tuman really wants to engage people and get them involved.  His classroom in the "Issues in Free Speech" class was very involving, much like how things were for me in my high school, Berkeley High.

          Tuman also by the way is very conscious of different points of view, diversity, race and even gender so he's very much the kind who lots of Berkeley residents can admire as well.  Incidentally, Berkeley is right next door to Oakland.

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