Dowling Aims to Make it a Two-Person Race for Supevisor

DISTRICT 2: THE RACE WITH THE LONG SHADOW OF BILL LOCKYER

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.

Campaign finance reports filed at the beginning of the month showed the two other challengers for the seat, former state Sen. Liz Figueroa and Union City Mayor Mark Green, trailing well behind in fundraising dollars. 
The ability to raise larger than normal sums of money is magnified in this particular race because of Bill Lockyer’s prodigous fundraising ability and power within the Democratic Party. Any advantage Dowling or others gain from here to June or, if necessary, November have the possibility of being negated by his contacts 
-STEVEN TAVARES

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