This morning, various political causes were in full view at the Montclair Farmers Market. It was the first time we saw a public display declaring “Jean Quan for Oakland Mayor 2010” on the street. There was a volunteer at the adjacent table, and the all-important cinnamon loaves were luring us nearby.
Both Jean Quan and Don Perata have declared their mayoral candidacies online and you can keep up virtually for now. They each have base camps:
- Candidate Perata’s website is called “Believe in Oakland, Perata For Mayor 2010.” Perata has posted his appearances, including the Laurel on February 27th. The site also has a donations section, of course. Over on Facebook you may join his group, which has 512 members, or friend him along with 254 others.
- Candidate Quan’s website has been live for a while, and serves as a fund-raising channel. You may also fan her through Facebook, which she seems to use actively – by posting appearances, messages, images and more. Oh, and there are 254 fans as of this minute too.
We wonder how these online efforts will influence voters during 2010, who knows? As the real campaigns get underway later this year, however, we suspect there will be evidence of live humans ready for their meet ‘n greets.