Former San Fran Anchor Running for Office


A fixture on Bay Area television screens for more than a decade is going to try her hand at politics this year by running for an open seat on the Oakland City Council.

Longtime news anchor Dana King, who retired from KPIX just over a year ago, says she will seek to replace Pat Kernighan, who is not running for re-election in a district that includes Chinatown, the relatively affluent Grand Lake and Trestle Glen neighborhoods and the working class San Antonio district.

"I don't come from (the political) world, but there are many parallels to journalism," King said. "I've spent 25 years figuring out what is the truth in a story. I think that's pretty good training of what's required of a city council member."

King, 53, who is a full-time artist, moved from Sausalito to Oakland in 2012 after buying a San Antonio-district live/work studio. She started considering a council bid after learning of Kernighan's retirement.

"I suppose I might be looked at as a carpetbagger, but I chose to move here because I want to be part of this exciting, vibrant community," she said.

H/T Contra Costa Times