Within minutes after it became clear that Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer -- the Democrat best known for his call to outlaw BART strikes -- had won a hotly contested East Bay State Senate seat, Democratic Party activists went right back on the attack against him on election night.
Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer cruised to victory over Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, in a state Senate election that tested the might of well-heeled labor and business interests and the patience of voters who endured an unrelenting bombardment of campaign mailers and phone calls.
It's a choice between two Democrats who couldn't be more different -- one unwaveringly devoted to organized labor, the other a moderate who understands that the state can't write blank checks to appease special interests.
Photo illustration by Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)
East Bay political veterans say they've never seen anything like the battle between Susan Bonilla and Steve Glazer leading up to the special election for state Senate on May 19. Some voters have already received 40 mailers from backers of both candidates.
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.
The park district instead will appoint someone to fill a board vacancy. San Leandro Unified School District also will save hundreds of thousands of dollars by filling a board vacancy with an appointment.
When the new council meets Tuesday, it will not have an Indian-American for the first time in a decade. Fremont's school board, meanwhile, has never had one. That is surprising in a city where 1 in 5 residents are Indian-American.
As of Wednesday evening's final vote count, pending an audit, Lori Droste beat George Beier by a scant 16 votes in a four-candidate race for the Berkeley District 8 City Council seat being vacated by Gordon Wozniak.
Mayor Marie Gilmore conceded the contest at the front steps of Alameda City Hall on Wednesday, telling supporters and Alameda officials that a recount was not in the city's best interest. Just 129 votes pushed Spencer over the top.