Glazer wins SD7 special election; will face Bonilla in May runoff

STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | Voters in the 7th State Senate District, at least the few who participated in Tuesday’s special election, gave centrist Democrat Steve Glazer a seven-point win over Assemblymember Susan Bonilla. Since no candidate attained a majority of the vote, the campaigns will reload and meet again in the May 19 runoff.

The result suggest the state senate district not only reacted positively to Steve Glazer’s centrist platform, but also issued a rebuke to an apparent behind-the-scenes move by labor to undermine his campaign.

A labor-backed independent expenditure committee named the Asian American Small Business PAC made waves in recent weeks for spending over $100,000 to support the lone Republican in the race, while also opposing Glazer’s campaign.

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The scheme, once exposed, seemed to have backfired on labor, who vehemently oppose Glazer for his stance against public transit strikes like those that occurred with BART in 2013.

With all of the precincts reporting in both Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, Glazer lead the five-person field with 32.8 percent of the vote. Glazer easily topped the field in both counties. “It was a good night tonight,” said Glazer’s Facebook page. “We are headed to the runoff on May 19th!”

Bonilla held off former Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, both Democrats, for the second spot with 24.9 percent. Although, Bonilla more than held her own in the much larger portion of the district within Contra Costa County, she finished a distant fourth in Alameda County and behind a candidate who dropped out the race last month.

Buchanan, who may have been more well-known to a slight majority of voters finished with 22.6 percent.

Republican Michaela Hertle returned a strong showing Tuesday night, especially since she dropped out of the race last month and endorsed Glazer’s campaign. Hertle earned a fourth place finish with 17 percent of the vote. Democrat Terry Kremin garnered 2.8 percent of the vote.

Voter turnout, which had become a positive development in this special election, failed to generate much interest on Election Day. In both counties combined, participation was just 20 percent of registered voters, which count nearly 488,000. In Alameda County, for instance, just over three percent of voters cast a ballot on Tuesday.



Categories: Alameda County, Asian American Small Business PAC, Contra Costa County, independent expenditure committees, Joan Buchanan, Michaela Hertle, SD7, SD7 special election, Steve Glazer, Susan Bonilla

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  1. Nobody cares about posts from other blogs. I think the poster above at 12:57 got it right. Glazer got so much corrupt money (independent expenditures) from the Ca. Chamber of Commerce and the So. Ca. conservative multi-millionaire businessman because they want our water to go south thru the twin tunnels Brown is proposing. Most of us have seen the light and will vote for Susan Bonilla because we are against the twin canals stealing our water and sending it to Southern California.

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  2. Mr. Dobwell and I can't support whores. We were always taught to look down our noses at them. Since Second Place Sue, the best she can do, is loaded with toxic, dirty, bocoupt union whore money, we will vote for the only clean candidate running.

    SENATOR STEVE GLAZER 2016! He's the People's Choice!

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  3. Glazer is not clean and is not moderate. He is the dirtiest and most corrupt of all as far as having special interest money spent on his behalf. Glazer received more special interest money than any other candidate, most from a conservative corporate Southern California business man who spent over 1 million on Glazer's behalf in the just finished last election. I do argue that Susan Bonilla is cleaner since she got less special interest money than the corporate Glazer did, and she definitely is the moderate in this race. Susan is the people's choice!

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  4. No 'cigar,' figuratively speaking, liars.

    Mr. Dobwell and I can't support whores. We were always taught to look down our noses at them. Since Second Place Sue, the best she can do, is loaded with toxic, dirty, bocoupt union whore money, we will vote for the only clean candidate running.

    SENATOR STEVE GLAZER 2016! He's the People's Choice!

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  5. Wow! Susan Bonilla endorsed by both Eric Swalwell, a Democratic moderate, and Greg Ahern, a Republican moderate. They have convinced me to vote for Susan. Just don't trust Glazer taking all that money from the Chamber and big business. Looks to the rest of us that Susan Bonilla is the People's Choice. Is your candidate as sexist as you 4:50? Beinf a foul-mouthed sexist is hurting your candidate instead of helping since most the voters are women.

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  6. Wow! Steve Glazer endorsed by both Kathleen Brown, a Democratic moderate, and Dick Rainey, a Republican moderate. They have convinced me to vote for Steve. Just can't trust Bonilla taking all that dirty union money from Labor and union shills. Looks to all of us that Steve Glazer is the People's Choice. Your candidate is just as whorrible as you!

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  7. Sounds to me like the anti-union, anti middle class sexist at 4:50 and 6:13 is very worried his candidate will lose the run off. Me thinks he protests to much, in vulgar language at that. Glazer is a conservative corporate mouthpiece and no moderate. Susan Bonilla, with any type of a turnout over 25%, should win. Susan is the moderate and progressive. Practice saying Senator Susan Bonilla who has not been bought and paid for by corporate big businessmen from out of town like your candidate.

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  8. My name is little Alice, age 7. Mommy told me that I can be anything that I want. She says that my role model should be First Place Steve not Second Place Sue. I'm going to be a First Place Steve when I grow up because mommy said that I shouldn't ever settle for being a dirty union slut.

    SENATOR STEVE GLAZER–he's the People's Choice!

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  9. Just how stupid are you 9:14? Do you think we don't know you are the one and only person on this blog who doesn't like Susan Bonilla even though Susan doesn't want to create another peripheral canal to send our water South to the wasteful LA and San Diego areas. Glazer and Brown and the corporate PACS want Glazer to win because they want a lot more of our drinking water. Thanks for nothing Glazer and the sexist anti union troll who keeps blogging for him. Since you don't live in the area, no one cares what you think.

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  10. Tobacco Smear Campaign
    Facts About The Tobacco Smear Campaign
    Against Steve Glazer

    A campaign committee promoting the election of Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla is running a tobacco smear campaign against Steve Glazer which leading newspapers have branded as “deceptive”[i], “childish”, [ii] “misleading”[iii] and “deceitful”. [iv]

    These are the facts:

    Steve has never worked for a tobacco company.
    Steve has never taken a campaign donation from a tobacco company.
    As a City Councilmember and Mayor, Steve voted for tougher requirements on tobacco sales and advertising.
    The work Steve did for the California Chamber of Commerce – for which he is being attacked – was to elect members to the State Assembly who have actually fought for tougher laws on tobacco. Richard Bloom and Marc Levin, both first elected to the State Assembly in 2012, are known as anti-tobacco legislators. Assemblymember Bloom has worked to ban smoking on public beaches and Assemblymember Levine supports a ban on smoking in multi-family dwellings. Neither have taken campaign contributions from tobacco companies.
    As Mayor of Orinda, Steve has recently proposed even tougher tobacco control laws.
    Steve has issued a public statement calling tobacco “addictive” and “deadly.” To read the statement, please click here

    To date, the following entities have contributed to the committee running the smear campaign [v]:

    California State Council of Service Employees Political Committee $185,000

    Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Candidate PAC $75,000

    Service Employees International Union Local 1000 Candidate PAC $75,000

    PACE of California School Employees Association $75,000

    Professional Engineers in California Government PECG-PAC $50,000

    Faculty for Our University’s Future, a Committee sponsored by the CA Faculty Association $50,000

    American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO $49,784

    California Teachers Association Independent Expenditure Committee $35,000

    State Building and Construction Trades Council of California PAC $35,000

    United Food & Commercial Workers Western States Council Independent Expenditure $25,000

    United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professional PAC $25,000

    California Federation of Teachers COPE $25,000

    Committee for Working Families, Sponsored by the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO $25,000

    California Dental Association Independent Expenditure PAC $7,000

    Management & Professional Employee Association MAPA PAC- AFSCME Local 1001 $5,000

    American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees-Council 57 PAC: $5,000

    These same entities have also made substantial contributions to Susan Bonilla’s campaign.

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  11. Glazer has got double the independent expenditure money than the people's choice and middle class champion Susan Bonilla. He is twice as corrupt, wants to send our drinking water South, and most of his millions in independent expenditures have come from corporate billionaires outside of Northern Calif. Glazer is a despicable and duplicitous councilman from Orinda who speaks out of both sides of his conservative mouth.

    Glazer got so much corrupt money (independent expenditures) from the Ca. Chamber of Commerce and the So. Ca. conservative multi-billionaire businessman because they want our water to go south thru the twin tunnels Brown is proposing. Most of us have seen the light and will vote for Susan Bonilla because we are against the twin canals stealing our water and sending it to Southern California.

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  12. No 'cigar,' figuratively speaking, liars.

    Mr. Dobwell and I can't support whores. We were always taught to look down our noses at them. Since Second Place Sue, the best she can do, is loaded with toxic, dirty, bocoupt union whore money, we will vote for the only clean candidate running.

    SENATOR STEVE GLAZER 2016! He's the People's Choice!

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  13. No matter how many times you make the same post 12:39 it won't change the fact that Glazer is a corporate hack and doesn't care about middle class working families. It's Susan Bonilla for the rest of us……..the progressives, the middle class, and the moderate right.

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  14. Amen 2:30, Amen——–he was a consultant for JobsPAC which is funded mostly by huge corporations which have reaped large tax breaks for themselves. These include Tobacco, and Oil giants. I'll be voting for Susan because Glazer isn't honest.

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  15. I had already decided to vote for Mr. Glazer since he's the only clean 'politician' in this race. My neighbor then reminded me that Second Place Sue still has time left on her assembly term. She's greedy. She's decided that she wants the tax payers to spend for yet ANOTHER special election, which is exactly what would happen if she jumped boats to the senate. Let her finish her term and then–G-d forbid–go back to the private sector and work for a living. We don't need yet another special election at tax payer expense. My neighbor is right that Steve Glazer is the best choice in the election. A vote for Steve is a vote against spending for a special election.

    I am convinced. Steve Glazer is definitely the People's Choice and great for the tax payers, too!!!

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  16. 2:30 and 2:46 agreeing with each other? Wow, smells like the same old ultra-liberal Berkeley bitch to us. No surprise here.

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  17. Steve Glazer for 7th District State Senate Proven Environmentalist, More Accessible–The Independent

    The Independent
    April 23, 2015
    By Janet Armantrout

    Voters in the State Senate 7th District have a choice between two Democrats on May 19. Susan Bonilla and Steve Glazer are on the ballot to replace Mark DeSaulnier, who was elected to Congress last November.

    Bonilla and Glazer were the top two finishers in the March 17 primary.

    With little to separate them on the issues, independent political action committees have launched a barrage of nasty flyers in support of and opposition to one or the other candidate. Both have big spenders behind them. Glazer is backed by Bill Bloomfield, JobsPAC (California Chamber of Commerce PAC) and the California Charter Schools Association; Bonilla is heavily favored by unions.

    Their associations with such groups have raised questions about their ability to maintain an objective viewpoint on issues impacting the funders of their political campaigns.

    The Independent interviewed each separately. Both support more storage for water and are against the two tunnel system proposed by Gov. Brown to deliver water from the Delta. They see the need to improve traffic along the I-580 corridor by bringing BART to Livermore. Each expressed the necessity of a strong educational system to keep the economy growing and to lift people out of poverty.

    Glazer has a demonstrated involvement with environmental issues, with a long history of working with such organizations as Save the Bay. On behalf of the Trust for Public Land, he worked on measures in more than 25 states to protect clean water and thousands of acres of open space. He has said that he supports minimizing regulations that don't diminish health and safety, but have a negative impact on business. As technology changes, environmental laws have to keep up.

    He supports laws enacted to reduce carbon emissions, which he calls an important method of reducing greenhouse gases. It is a stand that is contrary to that taken by the Chamber of Commerce, and one we support.

    His desire to prevent BART strikes has drawn the ire of unions. He notes that New York, Chicago, Massachusetts, and San Francisco all restrict transit strikes. We believe his tone is too strident when he talks about the issue. However, he says that he still believes in the collective bargaining process.

    We do agree with his stand on moving forward with pension reform, which he believes is necessary to ensure funds are available when workers retire. We don't agree with his lack of support for closing the business tax loophole in Proposition 13.

    Glazer strongly backs adding more charter schools, a move we believe would weaken regular public schools.

    Bonilla mentioned favoring a sunset clause for environmental laws, which would limit how long they are in effect. She says that would provide an opportunity to review their value. A sunset clause could lead to a loss of important provisions. While she votes favorably on most environmental issues, she has no record of active involvement.

    Bonilla has been strong on child care, noting that without the availability of affordable care for their children, many women would not be able to work.

    Because of her backing by unions, Bonilla has been accused of being too in tune with unions to take on pension reform or changes in teacher tenure.

    With both of them coming from the northern portion of the district, accessibility is of concern. Glazer appears more willing to involve himself in local issues. Bonilla has shown little interest, focusing more on topics where she lives than the Tri-Valley.

    Although we don't support his views on some important issues, we are recommending Steve Glazer for the State Senate 7th District mainly because of his proven record on behalf of the environment and his willingness to engage in Tri-Valley issues.

    Source: http://www.independentnews.com/editorials/steve-glazer-for-th-district-state-senate-proven-environmentalist-more/article_1c624344-e92f-11e4-b174-0f57bc52fdb4.html

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  18. Glazer is not clean and is not moderate. He is the dirtiest and most corrupt of all as far as having special interest money spent on his behalf. Glazer received more special interest money than any other candidate, most from a conservative corporate Southern California business man who has spent over 2 million on Glazer's behalf in the election. I do argue that Susan Bonilla is cleaner since she got less special interest money than the corporate hack Glazer did, and she definitely is the moderate in this race. Susan is the people's choice!

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  19. My Puerto Rican lesbian bitch wife and I were all set to vote for Second Place Sue until we found out how much corrupt, toxic, and beaucoupt union slut money she has been receiving. We think that is high time that bitch returns to the private sector and stop nursing on the public tit.

    For us it's CLEAN STEVE GLAZER all the way. He's the PEOPLE'S CHOICE!

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  20. 4:51 is just the foul-mouthed sexist Glazer troll again who thinks calling people names is helping his candidate. What a joke he is. I guess he thinks it's ok to take twice as much money from corporate conservative PAC's funded by out of town millionaires and oil,tobacco,and pharmaceutical companies makes his candidate the people's choice. How wrong he is! Will give him the Tea Party conservatives, but Susan Bonilla is the working middle class families choice which in the rest of our minds makes Susan the people's choice and the cleaner candidate.

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  21. My name is little Margarita, age 7. Mommy told me that I can be anything that I want. She says that my role model should be First Place Steve not Second Place Sue. I'm going to be a First Place Steve when I grow up because mommy said that I shouldn't ever settle for being a dirty union slut.

    SENATOR STEVE GLAZER–he's the People's Choice!

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