STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | John Fisher, the co-owner of the Oakland Athletics, contributed $4,200 to the campaign of Steve Glazer. The donation was posted Monday, along with maxed out contributions from his wife, Laura Fisher, and the matriarch of the family, Doris Fisher, which founded clothier, Gap. Fisher’s political leanings, typically point to the right. Fisher is a strong supporter of charter schools and is a member of the board for the KIPP Foundation. And, as the East Bay Express recently reported, Fisher has curious ties to Gov. Jerry Brown through the state’s lumber industry. In addition to owning the A’s, along with Lew Wollf, since 2005, Fisher currently heads Pisces, Inc., a financial management company.
ALMOST GO TIME On Primary Eve, the number of voters in SD7 returning vote-by-mail ballots is better than the 2014 June primary, but slightly less than the recent November General Election, according to Political Data, Inc., a non-partisan polling company. More than 83,000 voters have returned ballots before Tuesday’s primary. The number is about 10,000 less than returns last November, but much greater than the 67,000 who participated in the June primary last summer. Republican voters are still sending in their ballots at a high rate than Democrats, according to Political Data, Inc. Democrats hold a 15-point advantage in registration over Republicans, but voters registered as No Party Preference make up 22 percent of the electorate. This turn of events points to Glazer advancing to the almost certain to occur May 19 general election. However, don’t forget about those heading to the polls Tuesday, too.
PROGRAM NOTES I’ll be on KPFA’s (94.1 FM) morning program Upfront this Tuesday to talk about the State Senate special election. Program starts at 7 a.m.