Richard Valle, the , will be sworn in next week during a special ceremony.
Valle, the CEO of and a former Union City councilman, will be sworn in Tuesday, June 26 at 11 a.m. at the Board Chambers at 1221 Oak Street in Oakland.
Prior to the swearing-in ceremony next week, Valle will also hold . The event, hosted by the Elected Women of Newark, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the McDonald Residence located at 35300 Severn Dr.
After much deliberation, Valle was chosen by the Board of Supervisors out of eight candidates vying for the seat — including Union City Mayor Mark Green and Newark Vice Mayor Ana Apodaca — and appointed District 2 supervisor on June 11.
In a recent newsletter, Valle wrote about the issues he hopes to tackle and the challenges the county faces:
It is with great humility and much respect that I begin the work to deliver resources and representation to the residents of Alameda County’s Second Supervisorial District. My commitment to you is to be accessible and accountable to the constituents of District Two. Furthermore, my office will work with and engage the community to solve long standing issues that have an impact on our communities throughout the district.
Alameda County faces many complex issues that will require dedicated and steady leadership. We are facing further realignment of state services to the county’s responsibility. In addition to public protection realignment, the state will shift certain health and human services to the county. Our communities lost redevelopment and must find ways to meet state mandates for housing and climate change through land-use and transportation policies. From hospital issues throughout the county to the potential loss of our sports teams, there are a plethora of issues that my office will be engaged in looking for solutions to these difficult issues.
It is important that my office be open and accessible to you. There is a public trust between the residents of District Two and their elected representatives. It is an honor to serve you and as I have for my entire adult life I will continue to honor this trust to provide dedicated community service. Please join supporters and my office on June 26 for the swearing-in ceremony, you will find more details about this occasion below.
Valle fills the seat left vacant by Nadia Lockyer, wife of California Treasurer Bill Lockyer, who after a highly covered bout of drug addiction, an extramarital affair and an alleged, unfounded assault in which she claimed her ex-lover attacked her.
Valle’s appointment will only last until the end of the year. District 2 voters will vote in November on who should serve the final two years of the four-year term.
Valle, who began an early campaign for the Union City mayor seat, told Patch earlier this month that he would pull from the mayoral race and begin immediately campaigning for District 2 supervisor in the November election.