District 2 County Supervisor Candidates can’t help being pulled into Bill Lockyer’s orbit By Steven Tavares
State Treasurer Bill Lockyer is not running for Alameda County Supervisor, but he may be the most important person in the race to replace retiring Supervisor Gail Steele. Former state Senator Liz Figueroa, Hayward Councilman Kevin Dowling, and Union City Mayor Mark Green may have deeper roots in Alameda County’s District 2, which encompasses Hayward, Union City, Sunol, and parts of Fremont, but it’s the newcomer who has made the biggest imprint on the race going into the June primary. Nadia Lockyer is the executive director of the county’s Family Justice Center and is married to the long-time East Bay power broker Bill Lockyer. Their partnership has shaped this race from the beginning.
An open seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors is a rare occurrence, let alone two in the same year. The other seat opened when Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker announced she also would not seek re-election. In the battle over Steele’s spot, Lockyer has attracted the most attention thus far thanks to her husband’s connections and the powerful statewide apparatus of the Democratic Party. She recently sent a mailer to residents featuring gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown and has parlayed the party’s support into a significant fundraising advantage…..