Oakland City Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney has conceded the District 3 council race to Carroll Fife, who was leading by a wide margin in updated election results late Tuesday, according to election officials and Fife’s office.

Fife, a Moms 4 Housing co-founder, had 49.4% toward the 50% plus one vote she needs to officially be declared the winner.

Fife said her reaction to the apparent win is tempered because all the votes have not been counted, but she is nonetheless “elated.”

Carroll Fife. (Photo by Brooke Anderson/Courtesy of Carroll Fife for Oakland City Council District 3)

Fife co-founded Moms 4 Housing, which led four mothers to occupy a vacant house at 2929 Magnolia St. to call attention to Oakland’s homelessness crisis and vacant, investor-owned properties in the city.

Moms 4 Housing continues to call for housing to be a human right.

Fife said in an interview Monday that “People should be put before profits,” and that making housing a human right in Oakland is what must happen.

She added that issue is not limited to Oakland.

The election results will not be certified until Dec. 3 and the results are not yet the official, final results, said Tim Dupuis, Alameda County’s registrar of voters.

But he said that Tuesday will be the last big push of vote counting, even though more votes may come in.

Fife thanked all the people who helped her to the apparent win, and she said it “is just the beginning.”

“Our campaign is transitioning into a permanent political organization dedicated to passing transformative legislation and building a progressive majority on the Oakland City Council,” she said in a statement.

Fife said her priorities are to “divest from police and invest in community,” get every homeless person in Oakland into a home as soon as possible, and “create progressive tax structures to correct social and racial inequities.”

Keith Burbank is currently a fulltime reporter covering Alameda County and Oakland news for Bay City News. He has also worked on the Data Points project for Local News Matters, finding trends and stories about the region through data. In 2019, he was a California Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, producing a series about homeless deaths in Santa Clara County. He worked as a swing shift editor for the newswire for several years as well. Outside of journalism, Keith enjoys computer programming, math, economics and music.