ELECTION ’12//ALCO SUPERVISOR DIST2 | Like a fair carny sweetening the deal for disinterested customers, Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi is trading down in her bid to gain the support of local Democrats as she gears up for potentially brutal campaign for Alameda County’s District 2 supervisors seat.
As reported two weeks ago, Hayashi was asking local politicians as early as last May for their endorsement of her fall campaign. Recently appointed Supervisor Richard Valle, Union City Mayor Mark Green and Robert Ridgeway also plan to run for the two-year seat vacated in April by Nadia Lockyer.
As jockeying begins for the crucial endorsement of the Democratic Party, several sources who have been contacted by Hayashi and choose not to be named, say the termed out assemblywoman is no longer asking party faithful to endorse her campaign. Instead, the sources say, Hayashi is asking for a no endorsement in the race. A moved likely meant to neutralize Valle’s support among local Democrats and potentially deny him the requisite 60 percent of party delegates.
However, as seen earlier this month in Rob Bonta’s successful endorsement from Democrats in the 18th Assembly District Central Committee, currying a majority of its members does not necessarily equal success. Bonta, reportedly, received only a single vote out of 10 members. The remaining votes came from party activists outside of the district and is perfectly legal under party rules.
By trading down from pointedly asking colleagues for their supporter to, essentially, asking them to, at least, not choose the other guys is the first tangible indication Hayashi’s bid for supervisor is looking downright shaky and a whole lot desperate.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article referenced Democratic central committee members from outside the area voting for the party endorsement of the Alameda County District 2 race. Unlike the endorsement in the 18th Assembly District, this race is voted by Alameda County Democrats only.
Yo! Yo! It's me, Duh Hayward Ho!!
My motto: “Ask not what I can do for you, but how I can enrich myself on the taxpayer's dime!”
No really, Mary HO-yashi!!! Remember THAT name when you go to vote.
FROM: Neiman Marcus
TO: Everybody in Alameda County,
I am endorsing Mary “Five Finger Discount” Hayashi in the election for the seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, since I think she is far and away the most honest and truthful person I have ever met.
Very truly yours,
Joe Smith, Vice President in Charge of Security for Neiman Marcus
Robert Ridgeway withdrew his name this week. If you go to the candidate's list on acgov.org/rov you will see his name.
I still don't see any Ridgeway on the Alameda Co. Registrar's site.
I search by name. I search by the dates given in post above. Nothing at all.
Where is everyone looking?
The ideal way to stop Mary would be to find a truly qualified female candidate to run for the seat.
The guys (Valle, Green & Ridgeway) are only helping Mary by splitting up the votes.
11:44 am, who are you getting your information from? Royce Kelly has nothing to do with Valle's campaign.
Stay focused. This string is about Mary Hayashi and how unfit she is to serve in public office. She is a thief. She is a liar. She is a bully. She is a DISGRACE!
Tell us, 11:44 am, what are you going to do to help us block this crazy maniac from getting elected (again) to public office? How are you planning to do your part?
Sorry, but I go to the Alameda Co. Registrar of Voters site, look at all the filings and fail to see any Robert Ridgeway.
Go there, use the search engine or use dates.
Nothing for Ridgeway.
Where are you looking?
The state assembly endorsement (Bonta) was voted on by members of the state central committee in the 18th AD. The supervisor endorsement will be voted on by members of the alameda county central committee – which does not include activists outside the county – very different pool of voters. This is why the push on county central committee members.
Of course, Richard Valle's longtime campaign consultant is Royce Kelley, who also happens to be the Alameda Dem's Vice Chair. This will make the campaign for the party's endorsement far more difficult for everyone who isn't Valle.
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Here is his filing- you have to got to the next page from Green and Hayashi
I don't see any filing or intention of such for Robert Ridgeway at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.
So what brings up his name?
He WOULD be the third “male” candidate and even if he drew only 3% of the vote, it further lowers the percentage needed to win. One or two more like that and 30% wins the election.
Who benefits if he runs?
Anyone know who Robert Ridgeway is and is he a serious candidate? Why hasn't Valle pulled papers yet?
Anyone see her nice new district director. She's cute and according to my source she apparently has quite the story with her former employer. If I were Steve I would start digging….just sayin Bro
Did everyone say MARY HO-yashi! Duh Hayward Ho!! Ho!!!
No endorsements…no problem…she has a brain tumor…she'll just steal them…Nadia did that and she was elected!
I too would like to endorse her for placement at Jon George
i would endorse her for tenant at the john george phsyciatrict facility in san leandro
I would not endorse her for dog catcher much less Supervisor-Tony Santos
Finally some good news!