Campaign Notes: State Senate 7th District Special Election

STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | There are four mostly moderate Democrats running in a state senate district race with an electorate typically a tad left of center. That’s just too much for the Alameda County Republican Party. On Friday, the local grandees decided against endorsing one of the candidates after the lone GOP challenger called it quits in early February. “There is no Republican running for that seat, there are only four Democrats, and we as Republicans are not in the business of endorsing Democrats,” said the local party’s Facebook page.

GAS MONEY In recent elections, Chevron’s imprimatur has spelled electoral disaster for candidates receiving their contributions. Understandably, elections in Richmond have been affected by Chevron’s special interest money in local election. But, recall, Chevron is headquartered in San Ramon, which is in SD7. On Friday, Chevron posted a $4,200 late contribution to Joan Buchanan’s campaign, according finance records. Buchanan wasn’t the only one, though. Assemblymember Susan Bonilla also received $4,200 from Chevron Friday and another $1,000 from Phillips 66.

GOLD STARS The California Teachers Association has been very active in the primary for Buchanan, their endorsed candidate. The California Federation of Teachers added their late endorsement on Thursday. The group represents 120,000 teachers and school employees in the state.

GLAZER’S GLEE If the key to Steve Glazer’s chances of finishing in the top two is playing the victim, labor is giving him plenty to work with. The Service Employees International Union Local 1021, which represents BART employees, poured $25,000 into the IE strongly opposing Glazer. Working Families Opposing Glazer for Senate 2015 was also fortified Feb. 26 with an additional $25,000 from SEIU Local 1021. Glazer made light-hearted note of the contribution Friday on Twitter:

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