Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley will face
only the well-financed Bryan Parker in June.
The deadline for candidates filing to run in the June primary passed Friday evening with few last-minute developments. Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley will face re-election against just one challenger, former Oakland mayoral candidate Bryan Parker. Two other candidates had pulled papers for the June primary, but failed to complete their filings before the Friday deadline. A larger pool of candidates ran the risk of complicating the electoral math for Parker, his campaign believed. The June supervisorial race is not subject to the state’s top two primary voting system, only a simple majority is needed to bypass a November runoff, which is now a certainty.
The biggest race in the region, the primary battle to unseat Democratic Rep. Mike Honda in the 17th Congressional District, will unofficially include up to six challengers, including Democrats Ro Khanna and San Jose Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio. Republicans Ron Cohen, a Fremont certified public accountant and Peter Kuo are also on the ballot. Kuo, reached the general election in the 2014 state Senate race against Bob Wieckowski.
Hayward Councilmember Greg Jones did not
file for re-election.
The headlining race in the Ninth State Senate District has been set for some time. No surprises here. Former East Bay Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner and Sandre Swanson will fight for spots in the top two, along with education advocate Katherine Welch and San Pablo’s Republican Mayor Rich Kinney.
State Sen. Steve Glazer avoided a likely contentious rematch with Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, who chose against mounting a challenge after her May 2015 special election defeat. Glazer, though, will have three challengers this June. They include Guy Moore, the president of the Mount Diablo Education Assocation; real estate appraiser Joe Rubay; and Rodney Spooner, a political consultant.
Three of four congressional races and five of six assembly campaigns will feature just two candidates, one from each party. The setup, because of state's top two primary system, ensures voters will see both candidates on the November general election ballot.
Rep. Barbara Lee will face Oakland's Sue Caro
in both June and November.
Eighteenth Assembly District member Rob Bonta will face Republican Roseann Slonsky-Breault for the seat representing Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro. Richmond Assemblymember Tony Thurmond will be challenged by Cal student, Claire Chiara, a Republican; and Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk will be matched up with Republican Luis Wong. In a rematch of the 2014 general election in the Fremont and Santa Clara County seat, 25th District Assemblymember Kansen Chu will face Republican Bob Brunton, a former member of the Ohlone Community College District.
In the 16th District, freshman Assemblymember Catharine Baker, the only Republican in the East Bay’s legislative caucus, will try to retain the seat for the GOP against a challenge from Democrat Cheryl Cook-Kallio, a former Pleasanton councilmember.
In the lone Assembly race without an incumbent four candidates are expected to vie for Bonilla’s termed out seat in the 14th District. They include Democrats Mae Torlakson, the wife of state superintendent of schools Tom Torlakson; Concord Mayor Tim Grayson; Republican Debora Allen; and clinical psychologist Dr. Harmesh Kumar.
The streak continues: Alameda County Supervisor
Scott Haggerty is again running unopposed.
In addition, two Alameda County Board of Education members—Fred Sims and Eileen McDonald—attracted no competition. Neither race will be on the June ballot and each will win another four years on the board. The same cannot be said of two other incumbents. Trustee Marlon McWilson will face Oakland businesswoman Amber Childress; and Trustee Ken Berrick will be challenged by Randy Menjivar. In both cases, a simple majority of voters is needed to avoid a November runoff.
In possibly a first, three Alameda County Superior Court judgeships are available this June. And because each race features an incumbent not seeking re-election, the nominating period is extended to Mar. 16. Piedmont Mayor Margaret Fujioka is currently the lone candidate for one office. In another, candidates who have completed their filings include former Alameda Councilmember Barbara Thomas and San Mateo Deputy Mayor David Lim. A candidate for superior court judge does not need to live in the county to serve. In the third available judgeship, two candidates have pulled papers, but have not yet finished their filings.