Mar. 19, 2012 | The best way to discern who the next representative for the 20th Assembly District may not come by way of the candidate who receives the most votes, but which one has worn the most rubber from the soles of their shoes.
Two-term Hayward Councilman Bill Quirk said he began walking precincts in late February. Union City Mayor Mark Green said he began a slow rollout a week later. Expect newcomers Jennifer Ong, Sarabjit Cheema and Luis Reynoso, the lone Republican in the field, to also come knocking--doorknob hangers in hand.
Green's focus on walking door-to-door, handing out campaign literature and generally schmoozing with the electorate, is a huge wildcard in this race. During his 2010 run for Alameda County supervisor, Green, without much fanfare, came within a few hundred votes of advancing to the general election against Nadia Lockyer.
“I don’t have the money they have,” says Green, who will run as independent this year. Green says he can think of more efficient ways to be spending time and money on the campaign trail, but this method has done him well in the past. "I don’t think it’s the best way to use time, but it works.”
Green knocked on over 6,200 doors, he says, during his near-second place primary finish in 2010. Quirk has the same game plan in mind for introducing himself to as many voters as possible.
“The plan is to contact voters and get as many volunteers as we can to help knock on doors and not worry about anything else,” said Quirk. "There are over 400,000 households in the district. It’s impossible to visit them all. You can only do 2,000 homes in a year."
When told that Quirk, in his clinical and scientific estimation, claimed a individual could only possibly visit around 2,000 homes in any given year, Green said with a chuckle, “I think Bill needs to do more walking.”