Capitol Alert

Jerry Brown endorses former aide in Oakland mayoral race

Gov. Jerry Brown, a former mayor of Oakland, waded into the mayoral contest in that city Monday, endorsing a one-time aide over Jean Quan, the Democratic incumbent.

In a letter to Oakland residents, Brown said City Councilwoman Libby Schaaf, also a Democrat, is “the most practical and would be the best choice” among more than a dozen candidates on the ballot.

Brown did not mention Quan in the letter.

Brown rarely endorses candidates in down-ticket races. But the Democratic governor, who lives in Oakland, appeared alongside Schaaf at a news conference Monday.

His endorsement letter included a postscript unique to Oakland’s ranked-choice, or instant runoff voting system.

“P.S.,” Brown wrote. “Even if Libby is not your first choice, I hope she will be your second or third!”