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Allysa Victory Says City Of Oakland Unfairly Blocks Her 2022 Mayoral Campaign

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Allysa Victory Says City Of Oakland Unfairly Blocks Her 2022 Mayoral Campaign In a story broke by Zennie62Media, Oakland Mayoral Candidate Allysa Victory issued a statement announcing the suspension of her campaign because of how the Oakland City Clerk gave out misinformation to five candidates, all who believed they had until the 17th of August 2022 to get their signatures in. Here’s what she wrote: OAKLAND, CA. -- The City Clerk’s Office has caused a massive upheaval in fair elections and democracy in our City. Allyssa Victory (Villanueva) launched her candidacy for Oakland Mayor in fall of 2021. However, the City’s illegal and unfair conduct was used to deem her unqualified to appear on the public ballot this November. The City represented the candidate filing deadline to be Wednesday August 17, 2022 to all Mayoral candidates then decided to “reinterpret” its own rules the day of the new deadline Friday August 12, 2022. This last second change prejudiced Allyssa and five other candidates who had filing appointments set the following week. The Clerk's Office contacted Allyssa around 2:00pm on Friday August 12 with only a couple of hours to comply with the new deadline. This effectively deprived her of election and due process rights including the opportunity to cure issues raised by the Clerk's Office the following week. Likewise, Mayoral candidate Derrick Soo was notified by the Clerk’s Office even later than Allyssa on Friday and he was wholly unable to file. The City Clerk’s Office also subjected Allyssa to unequal and selective enforcement by rejecting use of her “Victory” name, the name that she has used for over six years adopted in marriage. The City Clerk’s Office required Allyssa to submit a declaration for City Attorney review in addition to the standard Affidavit of Nominee about her name without any basis. The City Attorney provided a wholly inadequate response that did not even address the name issue while other candidates, including current Mayor Libby Schaaf, have been able to use nicknames on the ballot. The City’s deep unfairness, inefficiency, and lack of accountability in our executive branch are some of the reasons Allyssa was propelled into this race. The City’s conduct during filing has left our campaign in the predicament of having to litigate simply to appear on the ballot. This is an unreasonable burden given the short time frame for the election and already being a grassroots campaign and one of the most vulnerable candidates who has been in this race while working full-time, caring for her godson, and holding multiple other roles. At this moment, Allyssa has concluded that instead of take more time, energy, and resources away from her commitments or from her family to now pursue litigation, it is in her best interest to suspend the campaign for this November’s election. This is not a concession, defeat, or loss. Allyssa launched this historic campaign to be Oakland’s first Black woman Mayor and quickly gained prominence as the only civil rights attorney in this race who is from Oakland and formerly homeless with a long track record of public service, community organizing, and delivering everyday justice. Our campaign is deeply honored and grateful for the organizations and leaders who have endorsed and were preparing to endorse and work with us. Did Not File A Lawsuit As of this writing she has not filed a lawsuit. What’s surprising is that the five not on the ballot and for the same reason have not teamed up. Stay tuned.
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