Friday Must Read: Marcie Hodge Enters Oakland Mayor’s Race; Judge Lifts Stay on Gay Marriage Ruling

Peralta Community College District trustee Marcie Hodge has entered the Oakland mayor’s race, reports the Oakland Tribune. Hodge said she is entering the race because she’s not impressed with the twelve other candidates, and wants to focus on job creation, public safety, and education. However, Hodge may have trouble projecting herself as a responsible mayor. Last year, a Bay Area News Group investigation found that the East Oakland resident had charged more than $4,000 on personal expenses using her Peralta credit card, though she later reimbursed the district. The expenses included a $600 dress she purchased in Las Vegas. Last month, a grand jury criticized Hodge and her fellow board members for lax oversight, a lack of transparency, and questionable use of public funds.

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