|Assemblymember Rob Bonta|
The races in the 14th and 16th Assembly Districts, however, are a completely different animal. Similar to the Steve Glazer and Catharine Baker state senate and assembly races within the last two years, millions are being spent by well-financed special interests groups. Recall, around $7 million was spent by independent expenditure committees for and against in the 7th State Senate District special election last year featuring Glazer and Susan Bonilla.
In the 14th District race to replace the termed out Bonilla the June primary has become a proxy war between charter school and public education advocates. EdVoice, an IE backed by some of the deepest pockets in the state in favor of charter schools, have already spent more than $2 million for moderate Democrat Tim Grayson. His opponent, Mae Torlakson, also a Democrat, is the wife of state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Although the public teachers’ union has not kept pace with their own spending supporting Torlakson, they began to spend some money last week. If Grayson and Torlakson advance to November, expect a tsunami of IE money utterly dominating this race. In fact, it’s already on pace to break local records for IE spending.
|Assemblymember Catharine Baker|
|Rep. Eric Swalwell|
CONGRESS | Alameda County’s two members of Congress won’t be facing much competition this June, or November, for that matter. Immensely popular Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee is facing former Alameda County Republican Party chair Sue Caro in the 13th Distirct. Popular Tri Valley Rep. Eric Swalwell is facing Republican Danny Turner. In fact, neither of these seats will change hands unless on their own terms. Lee could be ambassador to Cuba one day and Swalwell might think the U.S. Senate needs an expert in Snapchat.