San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee is running for mayor

San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee'smayoral campaign already has $63,000 incontributions built over the past few years.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--Backed by the city's burgeoning Asian American demographic and already stocked campaign cash reserves, San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee said Monday that he's running for mayor this fall.Although Lee's interest in the mayor's office had been … Continue reading San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee is running for mayor

Wicks grabs everyone’s attention with big fundraising haul in 15th Assembly District race

15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTThe biggest political campaign in the East Bay next June is wasting little time revving up its fundraising engine. The race in the 15th Assembly District already appeared to many local politicos as a early toss-up and a litany of endorsements and already large campaign coffers is only bolstering this initial analysis.The seat … Continue reading Wicks grabs everyone’s attention with big fundraising haul in 15th Assembly District race

Eric Swalwell’s endorsement is proving to be a kiss of death for East Bay candidates

Rep. Eric Swalwell, center, campaigning for BryanParker last spring. along with future candidate TojoThomas, right, who Swalwell later endorsed forthe Castro Valley school board. Both lost.CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT |Despite periodic news reports placing East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell on the precipice of earning a prime leadership post among House Democrats one day, his imprimatur … Continue reading Eric Swalwell’s endorsement is proving to be a kiss of death for East Bay candidates

Barbara Boxer backs Mike Honda; Jimmy Carter chooses Ro Khanna

Clockwise from left: President Jimmy Carter; Sen. Barbara Boxer; Rep. Mike Honda; Ro Khanna. CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 | The Democratic Party’s senior states-people are weighing-in on the 17th Congressional District today. Fresh off a campaign appearance last weekend in San Jose, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer endorsed Rep. Mike Honda’s re-election Monday. A few hours … Continue reading Barbara Boxer backs Mike Honda; Jimmy Carter chooses Ro Khanna

Alameda council candidate Lena Tam is endorsed by three dead people

Lena Tam: The Alameda Medium?ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |ELECTION 2016 |Alameda City Council hopeful Lena Tam has people dying to support her campaign this fall.Her campaign Web site's endorsement list includes three people who have passed away in recent years.The Heavenly backing for Tam's campaign comes from former Alameda school board member Niel Tam, who passed … Continue reading Alameda council candidate Lena Tam is endorsed by three dead people

Parker’s bid to unseat Miley has nearly $100,000 in reserves for stretch run

Bryan Parker, left, with Alameda County SupeNate Miley at a forum in Castro Valley.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | DISTRICT 4 |A day after announcing a major endorsement from East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell, upstart Alameda County supervisorial candidate Bryan Parker reported nearly $100,000 in cash reserves for the final six weeks of the campaign.Parker, who … Continue reading Parker’s bid to unseat Miley has nearly $100,000 in reserves for stretch run

Honda’s campaign touts local labor endorsements

Rep. Mike Honda donning boxing gloves justweeks before Election Day in October 2014.PHOTO/Steven TavaresCONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Above all else, Rep. Mike Honda’s ace card is his strong support from labor unions. With a round of local labor endorsements announced Wednesday, Honda is again flexing his union support.The campaign announced the backing of the … Continue reading Honda’s campaign touts local labor endorsements

Voice mail from Honda campaign to party delegate is coercion, says Khanna

Rep. Mike Honda speaking to a voter Jan. 21at a candidates forum in San Jose.PHOTO/Steven TavaresCONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |With the possibility the crucial Democratic Party endorsement may no longer be a certainty, Rep. Mike Honda’s campaign is scrambling to gather enough votes to win outright Saturday’s pre-primary endorsement vote in Oakland. But, a voice … Continue reading Voice mail from Honda campaign to party delegate is coercion, says Khanna

Democratic Party support on the line in heated races for state senate, congress

SD7: Nancy Skinner and Sandre SwansonACDEMS PRE-ENDORSEMENT |The cynics say the reward of vigorously vying to be the choice of the statewide Democratic Party merely amounts for the privilege of placing a graphical badge on their Website and subsequent mailers.But for the two most anticipated primary races in the East Bay, the party's exclusive endorsement … Continue reading Democratic Party support on the line in heated races for state senate, congress

Honda receives a setback: Two no-endorsements from grassroots clubs

Rep. Mike Honda failed to gain two-thirds ofBerryessa-North San Jose Democratic Club members needed for its endorsement.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICTRo Khanna’s seemingly perpetual upstart campaign to unseat Rep. Mike Honda may be gaining traction among some local grassroots Democratic clubs.More precisely, there are signs in recent weeks that some of these groups which ultimately will register … Continue reading Honda receives a setback: Two no-endorsements from grassroots clubs

Khanna’s labor endorsement may have forced Honda’s hand

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Rep. Mike Honda’s response to losing support of a labor union to Ro Khanna appeared breathless, maybe desperate. On Monday, the feeling was underscored with an astonishing roll out of new endorsements from five statewide office holders, notably state Attorney General Kamala Harris.Last week, Khanna seized upon a growing narrative … Continue reading Khanna’s labor endorsement may have forced Honda’s hand

Honda receives support from four local mayors, including Fremont’s Harrison

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Rep. Mike Honda rolled out a list of four South Bay mayors Monday pledging support for his campaign in next year’s intraparty rematch with Ro Khanna in the Seventeenth Congressional District.The endorsements cover cities representing a sizable portion of the South Bay and Alameda County congressional district. They include Fremont … Continue reading Honda receives support from four local mayors, including Fremont’s Harrison

Skinner’s campaign says early poll shows her leading in SD9 race

SD9 candidate Nancy Skinner says she's thecandidate to beat.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 | Nancy Skinner’s campaign is declaring she is the clear favorite in next year’s highly-anticipated East Bay Ninth State Senate District race.The press release Thursday references a poll, first reported in the East Bay Citizen two weeks ago, showing Skinner leading her … Continue reading Skinner’s campaign says early poll shows her leading in SD9 race

5 BEST EAST BAY PRIMARY RACES IN 2016: #2 9TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT

ELECTION16 | There was a time not so long ago when the open seat in the East Bay’s Ninth State Senate District was billed as next year’s headliner. Three well-known former Assemblymembers with ties to the district went all-in. Then, in September, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan dropped out of the race due to doubts … Continue reading 5 BEST EAST BAY PRIMARY RACES IN 2016: #2 9TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT

In hotly-contested East Bay State Senate race, Schaaf endorses Skinner

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, left, endorsed Nancy Skinner over another Democrat, Sandre Swanson.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 | Former East Bay Assemblymember Nancy Skinner received her highest-profile endorsement yet for the Ninth State Senate District.Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said Monday she's is backing Skinner’s over another former Democratic Assemblymember Sandre Swanson. The endorsement could be a pivotal moment … Continue reading In hotly-contested East Bay State Senate race, Schaaf endorses Skinner