Hayward City Councilman Kevin Dowling is attempting an interesting political maneuver in his bid to replace Gail Steele in the Alameda County Board of Supervisor’s other contested race.
In a press release sent this afternoon with the headline, “Only Two Viable Candidates in Race for Alameda County Supervisor District 2: Dowling and Lockyer,” the long-time councilman is trying to make it a two-person race for supervisor, while portraying his opponent, Nadia Lockyer–the wife of State Treasurer Bill Lockyer–as an outsider.
The statement put out by Dowling highlights a strategy to get the candidate to a November runoff against the likely favorite, Lockyer. Although, it uses an unorthodox tactic of focusing on both her strengths and weaknesses, namely her $100,000 money advantage over Dowling as a trade-off for illustrating what he says is a mere 1 percent of her campaign donations coming from District 2 donors.
According to the statement, Dowling touts 76 percent of the $61,000 he raised in the last half of 2009 coming from the district which covers Hayward, Union City, Newark, parts of Fremont and Sunol.
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