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Crosscurrents

Meet Oakland's mayor-elect Libby Schaaf

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Oakland mayoral candidate Libby Schaaf

After fourteen rounds of ranked-choice eliminations, Oakland voting officials confirmed early Wednesday morning that Libby Schaaf will be Oakland's next mayor.

Libby Schaaf was born and raised in Oakland. She got into politics and worked with Ignacio de la Fuente and Jerry Brown before being elected to the city council, where she currently represents District 4 – which includes Montclair and Redwood Heights. 

Learn more about Oakland's mayor-to-be in this pre-election interview conducted by KALW's Ben Trefny.

SCHAAF: We are Oakland. We'll always be a center of demonstration and protest and free speech. That's just who we are.

To hear the full interview, please click on the audio player above.

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Ben handles daily operations in the news department, overseeing the editorial and sound engineering teams, delivering daily newscasts, producing the nightly news and culture show Crosscurrents, and supervising special projects including KALW's Audio Academy training program.