A week from Election Day, State Senate race enters East Bay BART stations

Glazer’s campaign provided seven photos, including
above, showing BART employees electioneering for
Susan Bonilla on BART property.

STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | For the Democrats Susan Bonilla and Steve Glazer, the next stop in their hard-fought State Senate special election is every BART station anywhere along the line from Dublin-Pleasanton to Pittsburg-Bay Point. On Monday, both campaigns charged each other with illegally campaigning on BART property.

Glazer’s campaign said Monday morning it had sent a written complaint to BART Board Chair Thomas Blalock alleging instances of electioneering by labor union members on BART property. Glazer is also asking for a BART investigation into the charges.

“During the same week that BART experienced major breakdowns, inconveniencing thousands of Bay Area commuters, BART workers were holding illegal Susan Bonilla for Senate rallies at BART facilities throughout the Bay Area. Some of these activities occurred openly with management personnel nearby,” said Glazer. “This is an outrageous abuse of public property for campaign activities.”

A campaign photo of Steve Glazer at an 
unidentified BART platform, first used during
his Assembly race last year.

Glazer said his stance against the right for transit workers in the Bay Area to strike is unpopular with rank-and-file union members. “But that is no excuse for allowing this illegal conduct at numerous BART facilities,” he added.

Later, Susan Bonilla acknowledged employees of BART may have been displaying her campaign signs on BART property, but she also accused Glazer of doing the same. The campaign noted Glazer has used images of himself taken on a BART platform for use in his campaign materials and alleges he, too, has electioneered on BART property in the past.

“These parties should immediately stop using BART property for electioneering, including candidate Steve Glazer who has repeatedly used internal BART property for self advertising,” Bonilla said in a statement.

However, with just a week before Election Day, this particular change-of-subject by Glazer’s campaign that hopes to stoke latent angst in the district over the BART strikes of 2013 is a topic they believe turns out the moderate to conservative base in the Seventh District.

The strategy may be important to Glazer’s chances next week since early vote-by-mail statistics show Democrats—presumably attracted to Bonilla, the candidate who has not overtly catered to conservatives—are returning their ballots in vastly higher numbers than Republicans and those who identify as “No Party Preference.”

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