Is Nadia Lockyer Readying A Comeback?

Nadia Lockyer

ALAMEDA COUNTY | Nadia Lockyer never ceases to amaze Alameda County. Just when you think a blanket of normalcy has arrive in her treacherous saga from county supervisor to stints in rehab for alcohol and drug treatment, there is news she will appear in two-part television interview this week again raising question about what she is up to now. Late Monday morning, Lockyer announced on Facebook she will appear in a “story about my life” with KGO-TV scheduled for Thursday and Sunday night.

Across Hayward and the Alameda County District 2 supervisorial district she once represented before resigning in April 2012, speculation quickly spread as to why Lockyer is barring her soul in such a public manner.

Of course, America loves a good comeback story. In addition, local political observers agree, if a person has any interest in running for public office in 2014, the time to start is right now. The notion, however, seems completely unfathomable, right? Lockyer was reportedly in rehab as late as this year. She also reunited with Bill Lockyer, the state treasurer, who filed for divorce after she was arrested for child endangerment in Orange County. He also announced earlier this year he would retire from politics after 2014.

But, what office might Nadia Lockyer be interested in, if in fact, the KGO-TV interview is a genuine attempt to test the waters of public acceptance and a possible return to public office? Hayward has a wide open race next June for mayor and two seats on the City Council. Lockyer, though, never showed much interest for Hayward city politics in the past. The cleansing of Lockyer’s public image might also be an attempt to seek a potential appointment to a cushy state or county agency, some suggest. As unbelievable as it might seem, Lockyer could even run for old seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

Her previous campaign war chest named “Nadia Lockyer for Supervisor 2014” still contains over $63,000, according to finance reports ending June 30. (Note: the account still lists Assemblymember Bill Quirk as treasurer.) However, the account has no contributions since early 2012 and aside from expenditures for accounting services, Lockyer donated $10,000 to the Alameda County Family Justice Center this year. She served as executive director for the agency before becoming supervisor in 2011. By contrast, the current District 2 supervisor, Richard Valle, reported just over $6,100 in ending cash, as of June 30.

Lockyer’s critics will note money is of no concern for them and their prodigious campaign contacts across the state. Her first run for supervisor was backed with $1.5 million in campaign funds transferred from Bill Lockyer’s campaign for treasurer account. But, if this whole crazy scenario has legs, recall the Board of Supervisors passed campaign finance limits shortly after Lockyer was elected to stop any future candidate from making it rain campaign transfers of more than $20,000 per contributor.

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