I have launched my campaign for Oakland Mayor in the 2006 election and we're off to a great start. Hundreds of people have contributed to our May fundraiser with volunteers calling up daily to offer their assistance. As a 23-year resident of Oakland, I am committed to this city – it is the home that I love. I have served 8 years on the council and was just re-elected to another 4-year term with no opposition. Prior to that I served 8 years on the EBMUD Board and was their first woman President. I have never lost an election I entered. Polls taken for a March 2004 ballot measure showed my favorability ratings higher than any of the other declared mayoral candidates.