After 9-point primary drubbing, East Bay Progressives rush to support Bonilla

Alameda County proved a weak link for Susan
Bonilla’s state senate campaign.

STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | Following Democrat Steve Glazer’s surprisingly strong electoral performance two weeks ago in the 7th State Senate District primary, the party’s more liberal wing is quickly pulling out all the stops to limit his momentum before the May 19 runoff.

Some of the biggest names in East Bay politics have already endorsed Susan Bonilla, who finished nine points behind Glazer in the Mar. 17 primary.

Rep. Eric Swalwell has endorsed Bonilla, as did her primary election opponent Joan Buchanan. Former state lawmakers Ellen Corbett and Nancy Skinner also announce support for Bonilla, in addition, to Assemblymember Bill Quirk, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern and former Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, who topped Glazer last June in the 16th Assembly District primary.

Rep. Eric Swalwell said Bonilla represents
the best choice for families in the district.

The Diablo Valley Democratic Club and Tri Valley Democratic Club also lined up in for Bonilla, who currently represents Concord’s 14th Assembly District.

In perhaps a prelude to the stark messaging progressives and labor unions may employ in the next two months against the centrist Glazer, Tri Valley Democratic Club President Ellis Goldberg called him “a menace who would frack the legislature by injecting divisiveness into the Democratic Caucus,”

Goldberg, a well-known activist in the Alameda County Democratic Party, added, “Glazer is not just interested in the senate seat, he will be instrumental in undermining the effectiveness of the Democratic majority. He also represents a strategy by the Chamber of Commerce of electing Democrats in name only by dividing segments of the party. If this strategy works in SD7 as it has in other places in the state, the Chamber will continue to fund the strategy. The strategy is a threat to the California Democratic Party.”

The prevalence of support from Alameda County-based officials is likely by design. Although Bonilla finished second overall, her campaign registered abysmal numbers in Alameda County. Just over 14 percent of voters in Alameda County backed Bonilla. The total amounted to a fourth place finish in the county and, more troublesome, less support than the Republican candidate who had previously dropped out of the race.

Categories: AD14, AD16, Alameda County, Democrats, Ellen Corbett, Eric Swalwell, legislature, SD7, State Senate, Steve Glazer, Susan Bonilla, Tim Sbranti, Tri Valley Democratic Club, Wilma Chan

58 replies

  1. 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!!!


  2. 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.



  3. If the corporate lapdog wins, we definitely won't be better off. Unless, you think the idea of letting a Southern California corporate Billionaire buy an election for him, will be good for our democracy. You probably think ” Citizens United” was a good idea also. Corporations and their masters don't give a damn about us, the shrinking middle class moderates, and that's why we will be voting for Susan Bonilla. She represents the moderate middle class far more than the corporate(bought and paid for) Glazer.


  4. If the corporate lapdog wins, we definitely won't be better off. Unless, you think the idea of letting a Southern California corporate Billionaire buy an election for him, will be good for our democracy. You probably think ” Citizens United” was a good idea also. Corporations and their masters don't give a damn about us, the shrinking middle class moderates, and that's why we will be voting for Susan Bonilla. She represents the moderate middle class far more than the corporate(bought and paid for) Glazer.


  5. You're desperate, and it's showing. That's a good thing. You are realizing that you have lost and are irrelevant. Nothing wrong with that, bitch. We have kicked your union whore ass to the gutter and are laughing at you. Feeling so pumped, and all while doing so at your expense!

    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!


  6. 4:54 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. We are pumped because Susan is the cleaner candidate!


  7. My name is little Rashida, 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!


  8. 23%turnout doesn't look like the people's choice to me. In 2016 there will be 2 to 3 times the people voting. Bye Bye Glazer and Baker.


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