2002 Oakland mayoral election

Oakland mayoral election, 2002
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Candidate Jerry Brown Wilson Riles
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
Popular vote 42,892 24,611
Percentage 63.5% 36.4%

Mayor before election

Jerry Brown

Elected Mayor

Jerry Brown

The 2002 Oakland mayoral election was held on March 5, 2002 to elect the mayor of Oakland, California. It saw the reelection of incumbent mayor Jerry Brown.

Municipal elections in California are officially non-partisan.


Brown ran a low-profile campaign.[1]

Brown had $200,000 in campaign funds, more than twice what Riles had.[1]

While the previous election had attracted national media attention, very little media coverage was paid to the 2002 race.[2]

Riles, ultimately, performed stronger than had been anticipated by many.[1]


Candidate Votes %
Jerry Brown (incumbent) 42,892 63.5
Wilson Riles 24,611 36.4


  1. ^ a b c DeFao, Janine (March 6, 2002). "Oakland Mayor Brown wins second term / Jerry Brown wins re-election by landslide". SFGate. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  2. ^ DeFao, Janine; Writer, Chronicle Staff (February 4, 2002). "Jerry Brown faces quiet race / Critics contend Oakland mayor has given up his populist ways". SFGate. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  3. ^ "Mayor; City of Oakland Voter Information". Smart Voter. Retrieved November 7, 2019.