Fascinating Candidate Emerges To Face Hayashi, Wieckowski For State Senate

Roman Reed, a Fremont planning
commissioner, is eyeing a run at
State Senate next year.

STATE SENATE | 10th DISTRICT | During a college football game in late 1994, Roman Reed laid prone on the gridiron at Chabot College after delivering a hit. The accident rendered him paralyzed, yet nearly two decades later, his inspiring story of perseverance just may shake up what many believed was two-horse race for the State Senate’s 10th District race next year featuring Mary Hayashi and Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski.

Reed, a Democrat, who served as a Fremont planning commissioner since 2010, told EBC he is strongly considering a run next year for the seat that stretches from Castro Valley and San Lorenzo to portions of San Jose and Santa Clara. Although, Reed was rumored to be contemplating a run for the State Legislature, which office he would seek was unclear. Campaign finance accounts, in fact, were opened by Reed for both the State Senate and Assembly.

A race initially viewed as a matchup between Wieckowski’s good-natured aloofness and Hayashi’s bare-knuckled, yet tarnished reputation, suddenly has an unexpected human interest story without precedent in the entire Bay Area. In a Facebook message Thursday, Reed said he is not ready to officially announce his candidacy, but added, “We must win. Lives actually do depend on our success.”

His choice of facing two well-financed Democrats like Hayashi, who sits on over $732,000 in campaign contributions, and Wieckowski, with over $76,000 and growing, is bold move and filled with troves of interesting angles. Hayashi is still stinging from a clear rebuke by voters last year in her race for Alameda County supervisor that followed her embarrassing shoplifting charge in 2011. In addition, while Wieckowski will likely pull precious union support and contributions away from Hayashi, his two terms in the Assembly are relatively uneventful. There is also a view in Fremont that he had lost control of his staff over the past year and, in turn, alienated some supporters in the area’s growing South Asian communities.

Reed’s candidacy could be viewed as an affront to Wieckowski, too. Just this year, a bill sponsored by Wieckowski to designate $1 million to fund the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research program at the University of California sailed through the Legislature. However, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the bill last October saying the UC is better suited to fund these types of research projects. In 2011, Wieckowski was also unsuccessful in funding the program with a bill that would have tacked $3 to all traffic tickets for spinal cord injury research.



Categories: 2014 Election, Bob Wieckowski, Chabot College, Fremont, Fremont Planning Commission, Jerry Brown, legislature, Mary Hayashi, Roman Reed, spinal cord research, State Senate

106 replies

  1. Kid above, you still have your head up your ass.

    Please cease and desist. You know absolutely nothing about politics, as you've demonstrated each and every time.

    Also, cease and desist using 'Oh yeah!' It has been trademarked. Try to come up with something original; if not go to bed and let the adults deal with reality.

    Oh yeah!

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  2. Anyone who understands politics in this area knows that you don't get elected to State Senator in the Bay Area without ever being elected to an office before. Name me one time in the last couple of decades. What a political moron the above poster is.

    Roman may be a good guy, but there is no way he can raise the money necessary to fund a viable campaign, much less two. We have the top two primary in California which we didn't have in the Corbett, Klehs and Dutra era. He might have a chance in the Assembly race if he could raise about 200,000 dollars for the primary and the General, which I doubt.

    The Senate race will be won by Bob Weickowski and it won't be close because of Mary's arrest record.

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  3. Hey I like Roman, but I won't vote for him over Bob Weickowski who I like even more, and I live in Fremont. Senator would be too big a step for him at this time especially against Bob who is extremely popular in town.

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  4. Confuscious say the following equals a winning formula:

    Bob+Mary=Senator Roman Reed!

    Oh yeah!

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  5. I repeat because the person above doesn't understand politics 101 or the new top two primary and the money it takes.

    Anyone who understands politics in this area knows that you don't get elected to State Senator in the Bay Area without ever being elected to an office before. Name me one time in the last couple of decades. What a political moron the above poster is.

    Roman may be a good guy, but there is no way he can raise the money necessary to fund a viable campaign, much less two. We have the top two primary in California which we didn't have in the Corbett, Klehs and Dutra era. He might have a chance in the Assembly race if he could raise about 200,000 dollars for the primary and the General, which I doubt.

    The Senate race will be won by Bob Weickowski and it won't be close because of Mary's arrest record.

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  6. I repeat:

    Not a chance in hell of the above scenario ever happening.

    It's not how it will work.

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  7. Agree with 12:20 that the top 2 primary does indeed make it much harder for someone who hasn't been elected before to raise the money necessary to run in both the primary and general elections and be successful especially in a Senate district which is double the size of an Assembly district.

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  8. I agree with 8:37.

    It is what it will be.

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  9. What will be is Bob Weickowski State Senator.

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  10. Senator Roman Reed=REALITY.

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  11. Not a chance political neophyte.

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  12. Roman you have very little chance in the Senate race, but might have a chance in the vacated Assembly race if you can raise enough money.

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  13. After you split the vote Roman, you will be our clean state senator!

    Always for the public, and fuck the union whores!

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  14. Roman run for the Assembly -it will cost you much less and there will be no incumbent elected. I'll vote for you in the Assembly race, but not the Senate. I like Bob.

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  15. Anon 12:12—Well what do you know it's the same antiunion sexist troll who says the same thing over and over. Very boring and not very politically astute. Luckily Roman is much smarter than you. Even if he should pull off a miracle and get in the top two, he would have to run again in the General election against Bob. Do you have a couple of hundred grand to give him? He can accomplish his same goal by running for the Assembly at half the cost, and have a much better chance of winning.

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  16. Agree with some of the above posters that the top 2 primary does indeed make it much harder for someone who hasn't been elected before to raise the money necessary to run in both the primary and general elections and be successful especially in a Senate district which is double the size of an Assembly district.

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  17. After you split the vote Roman, you will be our clean state senator!

    Always for the public, and fuck the union whores!

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  18. Again the antiunion sexist troll who has no political awareness of the top two primary or the cost of running for Senate in our new statewide election system. Ignore him like the rest of us do.

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  19. 6:35 has some wise advice Roman. Better to run for Assembly.

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  20. Team Reed will be going forward with our original plans.

    Practice saying STATE SENATOR ROMAN REED!

    Poor, pitiful HOwieckowski apologists!

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  21. The winner will be Bob Weickowski. If he doesn't get 50%+1 in the primary, he will destroy his opposition in the top 2 general.

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  22. Roman you are being set up for failure by the Dutras and Torrico. They probably have some one else they want to run for Assembly, which would be your best bet, so they talked you into running for Senate, which is mission impossible and they know it. Get some outside advise about your chances and how much money you will have to raise that aren't tied to the Dutras or Torrico. You are in way over your head.

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  23. A great man–senator Roman Reed!

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  24. My family and I might support Roman if he's running against a more conservative Dem. for Assembly, but will not support him for Senator. He has already made a huge mistake telling people he had Kleh's support when he didn't.

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  25. Clearly Reed has been set up for failure because Torrico and/or the Dutras have someone else in mind for the Assembly seat and they were afraid Reed might spoil their plans. Your friends might not necessarily be your friends in politics Roman.

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  26. I just like Bob Weickowski and his quirkiness. His moderate to progressive values should, and does appeal to most of the District, except the Tea Party conservatives.

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  27. Some one has given Roman some really bad advise. An unknown can possibly win an Assembly seat, but certainly not a Senate seat unless they are independently wealthy, like multi-millionaire.

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  28. Not to worry, friend Roman. Bob is shitting in his pants right now. He knows that he and the shoplifter will split the vote, paving the way for your election.

    All hail our next CLEAN senator, Roman Reed!

    Always for the public, and fuck the union sluts!

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  29. Well it's the incomprehensible antiunion sexist troll from Hayward spewing his hatred while he clearly doesn't understand the top 2 primary or the money it costs to run for Senate. What an idiot. LOL

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  30. 7:23 pm Do you even know what you are talking about? You have got to be the biggest dork on this blog!

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  31. The winner will be Bob Weickowski. If he doesn't get 50%+1 in the primary, he will destroy his opposition in the top 2 general.

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  32. Roman run for Assembly if you want to have a chance of doing something meaningful in Sacramento.

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  33. Boy, all of HOBob's stooges are really scared of Roman, trying to get him to run for the Assembly. You keep up the good work, Roman. Don't let dos union whores dissuade you.

    Bob must have really been shittin' in his pants. Must have blasted right through those Armani pants! Damn!!

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  34. Well it's the incomprehensible antiunion sexist troll from Hayward spewing his hatred while he clearly doesn't understand the top 2 primary or the money it costs to run for Senate. What an idiot. LOL

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  35. Space HO, time to go crawl back into your whore cave. Nothing you write resonates. We all pity and ignore your sorry fat ass.

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  36. I agree Ellen Corbett in 2014. She is a much better politician an has done more for Seniors, children,women, the environment, consumers, working families, teachers, nurses, and on and on.. Swalwell has accomplished nothing on the Dublin city council or since he's been in Congress.

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  37. Who's Roman Reed? That is what the average voter will say. How will he raise money to raise his name recognition? Will Money Bags Dutra set up a PAC for Reed and spents big bucks to raise his profile? Although spending money on his own campaign didn't work for him. He finished 3rd in a 3 person race. Deja Vu for Reed/Dutra? Not too late to run for Assembly.

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  38. If you think Bob is worried about Roman you are nuttier than a snickers bar.

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  39. Average voter here. Bob HOWieckowski for another twelve years? Hell, no.

    Roman Reed? He's against the union whores? Alright!

    Me and about 150,000 voters will cast our votes for him.

    Got it!

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  40. Roman run for Assembly if you want to have a chance of getting elected and doing something meaningful in Sacramento.

    Anon 7:11 is the sexist anti-union troll who is no friend of yours and is so extremist he can only guarantee you his vote.

    He obviously knows nothing about politics or what it takes to win a Senate seat as a unelected first timer against a popular Assemblyman. Now, if he gave you $150,000 dollars and got a few of his friends(if he has any), to do the same you might have a slight chance against Bob.

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  41. Practice speaking the words “Senator Roman Reed.”

    Too bad HOWieckowski whores. He's in it to win.

    The public wins and you trolls lose. As it should be.

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  42. The posts in favor of Reed all come from the same Hayward anti union, sexist, racist, illiterate, foul mouthed, extremist Tea Party Troll. He never says anything worthwhile because he doesn't understand politics or the new top 2 run off system. He's not smart enough to know how much money it takes to run for Senate or why an unknown can't beat a popular Assemblyman. He doesn't even attempt to persuade, only to antagonize. Most of us just laugh at his ramblings and ranting. Bob Weickowski will win easily and he knows it. That's why he's so mad and acts so childish.

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  43. Boy, Dorcas, you must be shittin' in your undies, too.

    Old Roman is going to give Bob, I kiss the unions ass always, Wieckowski and good run, and you know it.

    No cigar, bitch.

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  44. 7:30 no one knows what you are talking about. Are you really as looney as you sound?

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  45. Nothing new here.

    We're with you, Roman.

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  46. I'm with Roman for Assembly, but not the Senate. I'll vote for Weickowski for Senate.

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  47. Senator Roman Reed. Leaves a nice taste in your mouth, and the smell of shit in the other guy's pants.

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  48. Read the same poll and it also said 75% of Ca. declined-to-state or independent voters would be disinclined to vote for a candidate who had any Tea party support. Anon 9:47 is obviously an extremist and a sexist and anti-union. Most people in our Senate District are progressive and will vote for Weickowski which is why the troll can't control his temper. His use of foul language shows a lack of education. I'm betting he is also single.

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  49. Not to worry, friend Roman. Bob is shitting in his pants right now. He knows that he and the shoplifter will split the vote, paving the way for your election.

    All hail our next CLEAN senator, Roman Reed!

    Always for the public, and fuck the union sluts!

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  50. The winner will be Bob Weickowski for sure. If he doesn't get 50%+1 in the primary, he will destroy his opposition in the top 2 general and it won't even be close.

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