Dellums was pulled into campaign mode after living a comfortable life as a lobbyist. In fact, there was a campaign to draft Dellums into service and he initially declined.
"I have experience at bringing people together around problem-solving," Dellums said. "So in that sense, the voters in Oakland aren't taking a leap of faith. I have 31 years in elected office they can look to."
But, it's not the same Oakland - it's much more Latino, much more Asian and gentrifying heavily with Whites. Dellums will have an uphill challenge based on demographics that have dramatically changed since he was last in office.