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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Special election to replace DeSaulnier in SD7 set for May 19; primary in March

Special election candidates: Joan Buchanan,
Mark Meuser and Susan Bonilla.
STATE SENATE DISTRICT 7 | When Mark DeSaulnier was elected to replace long-time Congressman George Miller last year, it created an opening for his State Senate 7th District seat.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday announced the SD-7 top-two primary will be scheduled for for Mar. 17. The special election will follow on May 19.

Former Assemblymember Joan Buchanan and current Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, both Democrats, are seen as the leading contenders. Republican Mark Meuser, an attorney, has also announced plans to run for the seat.

Special elections in SD21 and SD37 will also occur the same day, Brown announced.

The 7th District encompasses large parts of Contra Costa County, including Orinda Concord and Pittsburg along with the most of the Tri Valley in Alameda County.

The Tri-Valley Democratic Club will host Buchanan and Bonilla for a candidates forum, Jan. 19, 8 p.m. at the IBEW Hall in Dublin at 6250 Village Parkway.

39 comments :

State Senator Steve Glazer, we need you now more than ever!

It will be one of the women that ends up Senator. But which one?

They'll cancel each other out. Smart money is on Senator Steve Glazer, the People's Choice!

Glazer was rejected by the voters before, coming in third, and is even less popular in the larger Senate District. Besides, he's not running as far as I know, and both Joan and Susan are very popular as shown by actually getting elected to the Assembly.

Have to laugh at the Glazer die hard. Glazer won't even get to the run off. What a joke.

I too really like Steve Glazer and will vote for him in a heartbeat should he decide to run. He'll take it hands down.

All of my friends and family admire him for going up against the dirty, corrupt unions who want to continually pick the pockets of working class folks.

You da man, Steve!

Two women will cancel each other out, leaving Clean Steve Glazer as the People's Choice and winner!

Oh, wait! Did someone say Assemblyman Tim Branti?!

LAYFA!!!!!!!

Glazer was rejected by the voters before, coming in third, and is even less popular in the larger Senate District. Besides, he's not running as far as I know, and both Joan and Susan are very popular as shown by actually getting elected to the Assembly.

I too really like Steve Glazer and will vote for him in a heartbeat should he decide to run. He'll take it hands down.

All of my friends and family admire him for going up against the dirty, corrupt unions who want to continually pick the pockets of working class folks.

You da man, Steve!

Well you don't have many friends then since he was humiliated in the Assembly race. He finished third in his last race and will come in last if he runs in the Senate race. He has no chance and that's why he won't run. His poll numbers are way down and he can't raise the million or more he would need, since donors don't want to back losers.

So ecstatic that State Senator Steve Glazer is running. We had no one of any substance in this race until he got in. He'll win in a landslide. Bitchcanan and the other gal will cancel each other out and leave Steve the choice of Democrats, progressive Republicans and Independents. This is a much better fit for him than the Assembly.

So glad that we'll have him working with our dear Assemblywoman Cathy Baker. The two of them will be an awesome tag team. You da man, SENATOR STEVE GLAZER!

Glazer was rejected by the voters before, coming in third, and is even less popular in the larger Senate District. Besides, he's not not going to be able to raise the money he needs for a Senate Race, and both Joan and Susan are very popular as shown by actually getting elected to the Assembly. Calling a woman a bitch is not going to win your candidate any votes since women make up about 55% of the voters in a special election. It looks like he will finish fourth according to the polls behind the two women and the republican. Buchanan is a huge favorite to be our next Senator.

Under NO possible political scenario does this end well for Glazer who couldn't even get in the top two in his assembly race. The last poll has Buchanan ahead and Susan Bonilla just got Mark DeSaulnier's support and the Democratic party support in the County. It will be in March and the turnout will be mostly Republican or Democratic party faithful.

The runoff will be between either Susan and Joan or one of them vs. the Republican. Glazer will probably finish fourth as the last poll showed.

Anon 3:23, Jumping in at the last minute means Glazer won't have the funds necessary to run a Senate campaign so soon after his failure in the Assembly race. You can't effectively raise the money in two months before the special election. Contributers already know he is a loser, and your swearing at the heavy favorite to win shows his supporters know that too. It should be Buchanan vs Bonilla in the run off.

Our next State Senator: STEVE GLAZER! He's the People's Choice, supported by moderate Democrats, Republicans and independents!

***********BULLETIN!*****BULLETIN!*******BULLETIN!************

I entered the race for SD7 because I hoped to inspire a new generation of Republicans to rise up and be heard. We all discuss politics every day at our dinner tables and with our friends. We lament about how policies coming out of Sacramento affect our personal lives, our communities and our businesses, but so few are willing to do anything about it. I wanted to prove that one person can make a difference.

With this said, under the current circumstances, the chance of my winning this race is slim, at best. This is my first effort at seeking elected office. It has become evident that I cannot establish the funding, name recognition and support required to win this election against this field of Democratic candidates within a six-week period.

I am endorsing Steve Glazer for California State Senate District 7. Mr. Glazer has proven that he can work with Republicans and Democrats alike to find common sense solutions to our state’s needs. Like me, he is a fiscal conservative. He supports pension reform and school reform. He is not beholden to labor or other special interests, as seen by his opposition to BART strikes. I urge my fellow Republicans to vote for Steve Glazer. We have more commonalities with him than differences and he can win this race.

I look forward to future opportunities to serve and promote Republican ideals in California. I wish the best of luck to Mr. Steve Glazer. You can visit his website here www.glazerforsenate.com

Sincerely,
Michaela M. Hertle
Republican Party Candidate for SD7

You mean Bitchchanan LIKE Shitbranti 'won'?

What a pathetic piece of crap you are--LOSER!!!!!

Glazer was never the people's choice and was rejected by the voters before, coming in third, and is even less popular in the larger Senate District. Besides, he's not not going to be able to raise the money he needs for a Senate Race, and both Joan and Susan are very popular as shown by actually getting elected to the Assembly. Calling a woman a bitch is not going to win your candidate any votes since women make up about 55% of the voters in a special election. It looks like he will finish third according to the polls behind the two women. Buchanan is a huge favorite to be our next Senator and will be in the runoff with Bonilla.

Jumping in at the last minute means he won't have the funds necessary to run a Senate campaign so soon after his failure in the Assembly race. You can't effectively raise the money in two months before the special election. Contributers already know you are a loser and your swearing at the heavy favorite to win shows his supporters know that too. It should be Buchanan vs Bonilla in the run off.

Editorial Contra Costa Times: Glazer best of two courageous candidates for state Senate
Posted by Buffy Tarbox · February 06, 2015 5:55 PM

Contra Costa Times
February 6, 2015

Our state legislators usually lack political courage, unwilling to buck special interests that effectively control their parties. But the special election to fill a vacant East Bay state Senate seat features two candidates who display impressive independence.

Of the five names will appear on the ballot, the only Republican has dropped out of the race. Of the four Democrats, Terry Kremin offers no compelling reason for his candidacy, and Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla of Concord simply toes the labor line.

That leaves former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, of Alamo, and Steve Glazer, an Orinda city councilman and California State University trustee. We endorse Glazer, but we emphasize that both deserve recognition for unusually thoughtful and politically courageous positions.

The March 17 primary will be the first step to fill a state Senate seat vacated by Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, who replaced the now-retired Rep. George Miller in Congress. If no one receives a majority, the general election between the top two finishers will follow May 19.

The Senate seat includes the Tri-Valley and most of Central and East Contra Costa. While Democrats comprise 44 percent of registration, half the voters are Republicans or independent. Consequently, this district provides an excellent venue for an open primary that rewards candidates able to bridge political lines.

Glazer has positioned himself as the centrist candidate. He was Gov. Jerry Brown's political adviser until 2012 but has since tried to distance himself. He opposes Brown's plans for high-speed rail and Delta water tunnels, supports teacher tenure reform, and opposes extension of the governor's temporary sales and income taxes that will phase out starting in 2017.

Glazer angered labor leaders by calling for prohibiting BART strikes, working to elect business-backed Democratic candidates and crossing party lines last year to back Republican Catharine Baker, who replaced Buchanan in the Assembly.

Buchanan, forced from the Assembly by term limits, previously served for 18 years on the San Ramon Valley school board. She enjoys support of the California Teachers Association but fell out of favor with local public employee unions for her 2012 bill that curbed pension spiking in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

The bill closed a gaping loophole in Brown's "pension reform" package and stopped some of the most egregious abuses in California. Her actions represented a principled stand in the face of great political risk.

This endorsement was not an easy choice. We often disagree with Buchanan, but she has continued to impress us with her intellect and independent thinking. We back Glazer because we agree with him on more issues, and he offers thoughtful centrist positions generally lacking in the Legislature.

It's clean Steve Glazer for us.

No Bitchchanan or the other gal. They're whores for the unions and will rob the public blind!

Newspaper endorsements usually don't win races in this area as Glazer found out in his less than stellar race for the Assembly. Joan Buchanan and Susan Bonilla were one and two in the last poll I saw with a reputable pollster.

It takes volunteers, hundreds of them, to win an Assembly or Senate race. Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan have them, Glazer does not. I've been walking and I can tell you the polls are right. You better start walking Glazer fanatic because your man has no chance right now. Swearing and calling other people sexist names won't help either as most voters are women now.

Glazer will finish behind the moderate women candidates Buchanan and Bonilla, and be out of the run-off just like in his Assembly race. Reed won't even think of running for Gov. LOL

Here's the part you seemed to miss 6:49:

First of all, Glazer has never been the PEOPLE'S choice. He was rejected badly by the people who voted just a few months ago. Moderate Democrats, Republicans and Independents will be supporting Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan.

Second , Glazer is benefitting from the California Chamber of Commerce's PAC which has spent almost the same amount against Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan. He is also befitting from $224,000 spent just this month from Bill Bloomfield, a former Republican multi-millionaire businessman from Southern California who is trying to buy the election for him. Glazer needs to quit whining. His whining lost him the Assembly race.

Lastly, both Buchanan and Bonilla actually got elected in their respective Assembly Districts which make up almost all the Senate District. Susan Bonilla has also been endorsed by the moderate Mark DeSaulnier (who last held the seat), and the more conservative Ellen Taucher who represented most of the District in Congress.

Antioch Herald--Glazer calls on opponents to disclose campaign promises
POSTED BY BUFFY TARBOX · FEBRUARY 26, 2015 10:47 AM
Antioch Herald
February 25, 2015

State Senate candidate Steve Glazer called on his opponents to provide full transparency of their campaign promises by releasing their answers to special interest questionnaires on their webpage.

“Together we can take a positive step to end the hidden agendas and backroom deals that prevent our elected officials from addressing California’s problems in a fair and open manner. I ask you to join me in sharing with voters all of our responses to candidate questionnaires,” said Glazer.

“By publishing our responses on our websites, we will make our race a model of independence from the very special interests that use these questionnaires to pressure candidates into adopting rigid and narrowly drawn positions,” Glazer said in his letter.

The letter was e-mailed to the three other Senate District 7 candidates: Joan Buchanan, Susan Bonilla and Terry Kremin. The fourth candidate Michaela Hertle has withdrawn from the race and endorsed Glazer. Hertle’s name will still appear on the ballot. So far, none of Glazer’s opponents have opted to publish their answers to questionnaires.

“The focus of our campaigns should be on solutions to the big problems facing our state,” said Glazer. “The voters deserve a thoughtful and fair-minded representative in Sacramento, and they should not be left wondering what sort of promises any of us made to secure that position.”

Glazer currently serves as the Mayor of Orinda and a Trustee of the California State University 23-campus system. During his tenure on the Orinda City Council, Glazer has helped balance budgets while making improvements to schools, libraries and roads.

State Senate District 7 includes the communities of Alamo, Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Blackhawk, Brentwood, Byron, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Diablo, Discovery Bay, Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pacheco, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Sunol and Walnut Creek.

The primary will be held Tuesday, March 17.

In his Assembly race last year, Glazer declined to fill out any special interest questionnaire. However, he posted detailed positons on issues on his website. Glazer’s positions are now posted on his Senate campaign website atwww.glazerforsenate.com/issues.

Newspaper endorsements usually don't win races in this area as Glazer found out in his less than stellar race for the Assembly. Joan Buchanan and Susan Bonilla were one and two in the last poll I saw with a reputable pollster.

It takes volunteers, hundreds of them, to win an Assembly or Senate race. Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan have them, Glazer does not.


Glazer is befitting from $224,000 spent just this month from Bill Bloomfield, a former Republican multi-millionaire businessman from Southern California who is trying to buy the election for him. Glazer is not clean, but he is a corporate hack.

So proud that SENATOR STEVE GLAZER has the support of our next Democratic Governor, Chuck Reed.

I was on the fence, but now I'll do all I can to make sure we have a clean Democrat working with Assemblywoman Catharine Baker.

They will be an awesome tag team who won't pick the public's pockets clean!

As we found out before, since the pro-Glazer troll (anon 8:46) lives in Hayward, he can't even vote in this race.

Glazer is not clean and he is not the People's Choice. He was just last year kicked to the gutter by the voters. He's a corporate hack as shown by who has donated to his race.

Also, Susan Bonilla has been endorsed by moderate Mark DeSaulnier and conservative Ellen Taucher. Joan Buchanan would be their second choice.

Our next State Senator: STEVE GLAZER! He's the People's Choice, supported by moderate Democrats, Republicans and independents!

***********BULLETIN!*****BULLETIN!*******BULLETIN!************

I entered the race for SD7 because I hoped to inspire a new generation of Republicans to rise up and be heard. We all discuss politics every day at our dinner tables and with our friends. We lament about how policies coming out of Sacramento affect our personal lives, our communities and our businesses, but so few are willing to do anything about it. I wanted to prove that one person can make a difference.

With this said, under the current circumstances, the chance of my winning this race is slim, at best. This is my first effort at seeking elected office. It has become evident that I cannot establish the funding, name recognition and support required to win this election against this field of Democratic candidates within a six-week period.

I am endorsing Steve Glazer for California State Senate District 7. Mr. Glazer has proven that he can work with Republicans and Democrats alike to find common sense solutions to our state’s needs. Like me, he is a fiscal conservative. He supports pension reform and school reform. He is not beholden to labor or other special interests, as seen by his opposition to BART strikes. I urge my fellow Republicans to vote for Steve Glazer. We have more commonalities with him than differences and he can win this race.

I look forward to future opportunities to serve and promote Republican ideals in California. I wish the best of luck to Mr. Steve Glazer. You can visit his website here www.glazerforsenate.com

Sincerely,
Michaela M. Hertle
Republican Party Candidate for SD7

I'll take the endorsements of Mark DeSaulnier and Ellen Taucher for Susan Bonilla anyday over Hertle's.

First of all, Glazer has never been the PEOPLE'S choice. He was rejected badly by the people who voted just a few months ago. Moderate Democrats, Republicans and Independents will be supporting Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan.

Second , Glazer is benefitting from the California Chamber of Commerce's PAC which has spent almost the same amount against Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan. He is also befitting from $224,000 spent just this month from Bill Bloomfield, a former Republican multi-millionaire businessman from Southern California who is trying to buy the election for him. Glazer needs to quit whining. His whining lost him the Assembly race.

Lastly, both Buchanan and Bonilla actually got elected in their respective Assembly Districts which make up almost all the Senate District. Susan Bonilla has also been endorsed by the moderate Mark DeSaulnier (who last held the seat), and the more conservative Ellen Taucher who represented most of the District in Congress.

California State Treasurer Kathleen Brown (Retired)
POSTED BY BUFFY TARBOX 389PC ON FEBRUARY 27, 2015


"I have known Steve for more than two decades. He is a strong advocate for civil rights, human rights, and women's rights. He is strongly pro-choice and favors marriage equality. He has been a leader in efforts to build shelters for battered and abused women. He provided critical support to ensure perpetrators of rape are caught and prosecuted.

As the father of two daughters, he knows how important it is to have equal pay for equal work.
Steve believes, as I do, that in order for government to deliver important services it must have its financial house in order. Steve supports sensible pension reform so funds will be there for the newly hired teacher, police officer, firefighter and nurse when they retire. He supports strong accountability measures throughout all levels of government.

Steve's progressive heart and sensible financial head will make him an outstanding State Senator."

Nobody cares about Buffy Tarbox or Newspaper endorsements. They don't win races in this area as Glazer found out in his less than stellar race for the Assembly. Joan Buchanan and Susan Bonilla were one and two in the last poll.

It takes volunteers, hundreds of them, to win an Assembly or Senate race. Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan have them, Glazer does not.

Glazer is befitting from $224,000 spent just this month from Bill Bloomfield, a former Republican multi-millionaire businessman from Southern California who is trying to buy the election for him. Glazer is not clean, but he is an upper class corporate hack who cares little about the middle class.

Also, Susan Bonilla has been endorsed by moderate Mark DeSaulnier and conservative Ellen Taucher. Joan Buchanan would be their second choice. These are the endorsements that matter in this District.

Running scared as you whores should. Apparently you DO care, bitch. Watch your two gals become three and four this next time around. You can't tar and feather CLEAN STEVE GLAZER.

We'll take Kathleen Brown, Steph Curry and Chuck Reed, the next governor of CA any day of the week.

SENATOR STEVE GLAZER. He is the PEOPLE'S CHOICE!

It looks like you are running scared. As we have found out, since the pro-Glazer foul-mouthed sexist troll lives in Hayward, you can't even vote in this race.

Glazer is not clean and he is not the People's Choice. He was just last year rejected by the voters. He's a corporate hack as shown by who has donated to his race. Glazer tar and feathered himself.

Also, Susan Bonilla has been endorsed by moderate Mark DeSaulnier and conservative Ellen Taucher. Joan Buchanan would be their second choice. Glazer will come in third once again.

p.s. Anyone who thinks Reed will be the next Governor of California doesn't understand politics at all.

Can only vote for the only clean candidate in this race, SENATOR STEVE GLAZER! He is the PEOPLE'S CHOICE!

The union whores are scared shitless of his impending victory, as well they should be. Pumped!

Glazer is not the people's choice as much as you may want to rant and rave and call people sexist names. The voters proved that a few months ago. Maybe they thought he was too radical as shown by the people who support him above.

Since he took over $224,000 spent just this month from Bill Bloomfield, a former Republican multi-millionaire businessman from Southern California who is trying to buy the election for him, Glazer is not clean, but he is an upper class corporate shill who cares little about the average voter.

I'll be supporting Susan Bonilla because she is supported by Progressives, Moderates and Conservatives. You support whoever you want since you don't even live in the district.

East Bay, CA—Candidate for State Senate Steve Glazer announced today that his campaign has raised $179,000 in twenty eight days from 230 donors.

Glazer has raised a total of $213,000 to date for his Senate bid.

“It means a great deal to me to have the support of so many donors,” said Glazer. “Raising this much money in twenty eight days makes it clear that I have broad support for my District 7 Senate race.”

Glazer has received bi-partisan endorsements from almost fifty local elected officials including retired Contra Costa County Sheriff Dick Rainey, former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, retired State Controller Steve Westly, former state Treasurer Kathleen Brown and the Contra Costa Times.

Former state Treasurer Kathleen Brown said of Glazer: “Steve believes, as I do, that in order for government to deliver important services it must have its financial house in order. Steve supports sensible pension reform so funds will be there for the newly hired teacher, police officer, firefighter and nurse when they retire. He supports strong accountability measures throughout all levels of government.”

Glazer currently serves as the Mayor of Orinda and a Trustee of the California State University 23-campus system. During his tenure on the Orinda City Council, Glazer has helped balance budgets while making improvements to schools, libraries and roads.

State Senate District 7 includes the communities of Alamo, Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Blackhawk, Brentwood, Byron, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Diablo, Discovery Bay, Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pacheco, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Sunol and Walnut Creek

The primary will be held Tuesday, March 17.

I'll take the endorsements of Mark DeSaulnier and Ellen Taucher for Susan Bonilla anyday.

First of all, Glazer has never been the PEOPLE'S choice. He was rejected badly by the people who voted just a few months ago. Moderate Democrats, Republicans and Independents will be supporting Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan.

Second , Glazer is benefitting from the California Chamber of Commerce's PAC which has spent almost the same amount against Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan. He is also befitting from over $489,000 spent just from Bill Bloomfield, a former Republican multi-millionaire businessman from Southern California who is trying to buy the election for him. Glazer needs to quit whining. His whining lost him the Assembly race.

Lastly, both Buchanan and Bonilla actually got elected in their respective Assembly Districts which make up almost all the Senate District. Susan Bonilla has also been endorsed by the moderate Mark DeSaulnier (who last held the seat), and the more conservative Ellen Taucher who represented most of the District in Congress.

Antioch Herald--Glazer calls on opponents to disclose campaign promises
POSTED BY BUFFY TARBOX · FEBRUARY 26, 2015 10:47 AM
Antioch Herald
February 25, 2015

State Senate candidate Steve Glazer called on his opponents to provide full transparency of their campaign promises by releasing their answers to special interest questionnaires on their webpage.

“Together we can take a positive step to end the hidden agendas and backroom deals that prevent our elected officials from addressing California’s problems in a fair and open manner. I ask you to join me in sharing with voters all of our responses to candidate questionnaires,” said Glazer.

“By publishing our responses on our websites, we will make our race a model of independence from the very special interests that use these questionnaires to pressure candidates into adopting rigid and narrowly drawn positions,” Glazer said in his letter.

The letter was e-mailed to the three other Senate District 7 candidates: Joan Buchanan, Susan Bonilla and Terry Kremin. The fourth candidate Michaela Hertle has withdrawn from the race and endorsed Glazer. Hertle’s name will still appear on the ballot. So far, none of Glazer’s opponents have opted to publish their answers to questionnaires.

“The focus of our campaigns should be on solutions to the big problems facing our state,” said Glazer. “The voters deserve a thoughtful and fair-minded representative in Sacramento, and they should not be left wondering what sort of promises any of us made to secure that position.”

Glazer currently serves as the Mayor of Orinda and a Trustee of the California State University 23-campus system. During his tenure on the Orinda City Council, Glazer has helped balance budgets while making improvements to schools, libraries and roads.

State Senate District 7 includes the communities of Alamo, Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Blackhawk, Brentwood, Byron, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Diablo, Discovery Bay, Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pacheco, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Sunol and Walnut Creek.

The primary will be held Tuesday, March 17.

In his Assembly race last year, Glazer declined to fill out any special interest questionnaire. However, he posted detailed positons on issues on his website. Glazer’s positions are now posted on his Senate campaign website atwww.glazerforsenate.com/issues.

Sadly, I do think Glazer will finish in the top 2. He will be in a run off with Susan Bonilla or Joan Buchanan. He might even be the top vote getter even though he has no principles and is a stooge for corporate business. He has taken more special interest money than any other candidate in independent expenditures. Look it up. The newspaper reports are one sided and only report what they want you to read. What a sleaze! He will never win the run off because both Bonilla and Buchanan can win a head to head race with the double talker.

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