Alameda County supervisorial candidate Bryan 
Parker at an April 13 forum in Castro Valley.

State Sen. Steve Glazer is weighing-in on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors race on the side of upstart challenger Bryan Parker over long-time Supervisor Nate Miley.

Parker’s campaign announced the Glazer endorsement Monday morning.

“Bryan represents the kind of new leader we need in public office,” said Glazer, whose Seventh District covers large portions of Contra Costa County and Pleasanton to the south. “Bryan will be a responsive and trustworthy Supervisor who will pursue policy decisions in the best interests of the people in his district, not special interests.”

Monday’s endorsement is a clear sign Parker believes his path toward upending Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley runs through Pleasanton, which, in addition to Castro Valley and other portions of unincorporated Alameda County, holds a slight majority of the district. The other half is primarily East Oakland.

State Sen. Steve Glazer is popular in the Tri Valley,
not so much in progressives parts of District Four.

“I am honored to have the support of Senator Glazer,” said Parker. “I admire his service to his constituents and our state. I look forward to working with him to enact policies that help people in this district, including reducing traffic and improving roads and improving the local economy.”

While the endorsement has certain value among Tri Valley moderates in Pleasanton, the association with Glazer is likely to mean the opposite among progressive primary voters elsewhere. Glazer’s stances toward the BART strikes and public transportation unions of nearly three years ago still roil progressives.

But the Glazer endorsement is one of the first signs of life in this surprisingly low-key primary campaign which has avoided any conflict or much exposure in the public’s view. In addition, time is also in short supply from here to June 7. Since only two candidates are in the race, it assures there will not be runoff in November.