ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | In the last month, Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti’s campaign for the 16th Assembly District has attracted independent expenditures of over $485,000, as of Tuesday. One of his challenger, Orinda Councilmember Steve Glazer, well-known for his strong stance against the BART strike last year, criticized the massive infusion of campaign funds last week.
Undaunted, Sbranti, received two additional independent expenditures on Tuesday totaling another $100,000. Both Glazer and Sbranti are Democrats
The latest contributions came from the Professional Engineers in California Government PAC and the State Buildings and Construction Trades Council of California PAC. Seven of the eight donations were collected since Mar. 17, the end of the first quarter finance report period. Furthermore, Sbranti has received $200,000 combined from labor PACs in just the last seven days.
Labor’s interest in opposing Glazer is not a surprise after he forcefully called for a ban on BART strikes following the roller coaster negotiations between the union last fall and transit management. Despite an agreement ending resident’s daily transportation uncertainty, Glazer has continued to use residual angst over the BART strikes to his advantage.
The open 16th Assembly District seat includes Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton in Alameda County and San Ramon, Danville, Walnut Creek and the Lamorinda area of Contra Costa County.
Democratic Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich and Republican Catharine Baker are also candidates in the June 3 primary, but it is Sbranti who has been able to attract labor’s time and money. In addition, Sbranti reported a campaign balance of just over $100,000 last month.
Glazer is hardly short on cash, himself, according to campaign finance reports. He reported an ending balance of over $429,000, more than enough to match Sbranti’s independent expenditure deposits.