Certified results of the primary election to fill the District 9 state Senate seat vacated by Mark DeSaulnier show that Orinda Mayor Steven Glazer bested Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla by more than 10,000 votes.
One day after Orinda Mayor Steven Glazer finished in first in at the primary election to succeed Mark DeSaulnier in the State Senate, second-place finisher Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla got a key endorsement from former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, who finished third. The standings are not expected to change, despite about 13,000 ballots left to be counted.
Orinda mayor Glazer finished well ahead of the five-candidate field vying for Mark DeSaulnier's former State Senate seat, while Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla led former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan in a tight battle for second place. The top two finishers will compete in a May runoff election.
The March 17 special election to succeed Mark DeSaulnier in the 7th Senate district has long been expected to feature Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, and former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, both of whom filed before the deadline Friday.
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