|State Sen-elect Steve Glazer|
STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | In a race that featured millions of dollars from outside interests, Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer has won the State Senate Seventh District special election Tuesday night.
With nearly all the votes counted in the district comprising Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, Glazer, a moderate Democrat backed by business interests and Southern California millionaire Bill Bloomfield, won 54.6 percent of the vote. Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, also a Democrat, and strongly backed by labor, earned just 45.4 percent of over 111,000 ballots cast.
The result mimicked late polling in the race showing Glazer up by as many as 10 percentage points. Glazer also led Bonilla by an identical spread in the March primary.
Following Tuesday night’s results, Glazer said one state senator cannot change Sacramento alone, and added, “Today we saw that people are more important–and more powerful–than special interests, and that’s a great message for our state to hear. Our campaign struck a chord with voters frustrated by the gridlock and dysfunction in Sacramento. They want leaders who are more pragmatic than partisan, more focused on answers than ambition.”
Glazer’s big win was never contested Tuesday night after early results showed a sizable lead that never changed throughout the night.
The result represents a big defeat for labor unions who had poured significant resources into the race featuring Glazer, a candidate who had staked his chances on unwavering opposition to transit union strikes in the Bay Area.
Upon his swearing-in, Glazer and Bonilla, who maintains her seat in the Assembly, will both serve in the Legislature. Tuesday’s special election was necessitated by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier’s election to Congress last November. Glazer will finish DeSaulnier’s term and face re-election in 2016.