By Paul Cobb
A number of Oakland pastors have asked the Post newspapers to join them in recommending Don Perata for Mayor to its readers. “Perata is homegrown and knows the historical problems and needs of Oakland,” says Rev. Frank Pinkard.
“He’s our best hope,” says Rev. David Kiteley.
Pinkard said Perata’s stance on gun control, more police and his ability to access state and federal funds is what the city needs.
Even though many pastors have expressed their support of Perata, significant numbers are including the names of Rebecca Kaplan and Joe Tuman in their lists for the rank choice voting.
Other ministers include Rev. Lawrence VanHook, Bishop Bob Jackson, Rev. Jeremiah Captain, Rev. Joe L. Smith, Rev. J.L Jones, Rev. Flemon henry and Rev. Harvey Smith.
“We have enjoyed a 40-year partnership with the Post, and we want the paper to help us elect and hold our leaders accountable,” said Pinkard and Smith.