SD9 PREVIEW: Another fall race pitting progressive against each other

MEET THE CANDIDATES Very few legislative races in the state this June have candidates with as much experience as this East Bay state Senate primary. Nancy Skinner and Sandre Swanson are known quantities in the district that covers areas from Hercules to Richmond, through Oakland and Berkeley, and including Alameda and San Leandro. Both represented … Continue reading SD9 PREVIEW: Another fall race pitting progressive against each other

20 things I think about the East Bay’s June primary election

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors reignas champions of local entrenched poltics maycome to end on June 7.JUNE PRIMARY PREVIEW |1. I think Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley is scared to the point that he cries at bedtime.2. I think other supervisors, especially Scott Haggerty and Wilma Chan are feeling indigestion-level discomfort over the possibility … Continue reading 20 things I think about the East Bay’s June primary election

Unchanged: Skinner still holds significant cash advantage over Swanson

SD9 candidates (clockwise): Nancy Skinner,Sandre Swanson, Katherine Welch, Rich Kinney.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT | Nancy Skinner is maintaining a cash reserve more than 10 times larger than Sandre Swanson, her top opponent this June and likely in the fall.Campaign finance reports released last week show very little has changed in terms of fundraising in … Continue reading Unchanged: Skinner still holds significant cash advantage over Swanson

East Bay State Senate candidate front runners dance to the left, to the left!

Former Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner,right, and Sandre Swanson in Alameda.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |Regardless of how voters split hairs between the far left ideologies of the top two candidates running for California's Senate District 9 seat — former assemblymembers Sandré Swanson and Nancy Skinner — the East Bay will most likely be sending to Sacramento … Continue reading East Bay State Senate candidate front runners dance to the left, to the left!

An open and closed primary in the East Bay’s Ninth District Senate race

State Senate candidates: Nancy Skinner, SandreSwanson, Rich Kinney and Katherine Welch.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT | While hobnobbing for her June primary campaign during the California Democratic State Convention in San Jose, former Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner revealed a more soulful side to her public persona: She can sing. Skinner cut an album of folk songs … Continue reading An open and closed primary in the East Bay’s Ninth District Senate race

Despite recent switch from GOP, Welch has long history of donating to Democrats

Katherine Welch in Oakland last January.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT | Some voters in the Ninth State Senate District, one of the most progressive areas in the entire state, might be skeptical about candidate Katherine Welch following a new story last year that revealed she only recently switched her party affiliation from Republican to Democrat."I've … Continue reading Despite recent switch from GOP, Welch has long history of donating to Democrats

Skinner’s internal polling touts across the board lead in State Senate District race

Current Ninth State Senate District candidates,clockwise, Nancy Skinner, Sandre Swanson, Katherine Welch, and Rich Kinney.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |Nancy Skinner's internal polling shows her campaign for the Ninth State Senate District would easily win the four-person June primary and also top her likely November opponent, Sandre Swanson.The poll, released by Skinner's camapign on Thursday, was … Continue reading Skinner’s internal polling touts across the board lead in State Senate District race

Katherine Welch doesn’t expect campaign contributions from her famous father

State Senate candidate Katherine Welch, andher father, former GE chairman Jack Welch.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT | Katherine Welch has a famous and wealthy father, but don't expect him to write a check to his daughter's upstart state Senate campaign in the East Bay.Jack Welch, one of America's most successful corporate titans, as chairman of … Continue reading Katherine Welch doesn’t expect campaign contributions from her famous father

SD9: Democrat Katherine Welch wants to make the East Bay great again

SD9 Democratic candidate Katherine WelchSTATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 |If you were wondering how long it would take for elements of Donald Trump's brash anti-government campaign strategy to trickle down to the local level, take a look at the least known Democrat in the East Bay's Ninth State Senate District race.Earlier indications are Katherine Welch's … Continue reading SD9: Democrat Katherine Welch wants to make the East Bay great again

Nancy Skinner nears $1.1 million in cash reserves; Nate Miley’s supervisorial campaign in the red

State Senate candidate Nancy Skinner raisedmore than $277,000 during the past six months.SD9 ALCOD4 CAMPAIGN FINANCE |Former Assemblymember Nancy Skinner of Berkeley reported that she has nearly $1.1 million in cash reserves in her state Senate campaign account, which is more than ten times what her main opponent Sandré Swanson, has in total cash on … Continue reading Nancy Skinner nears $1.1 million in cash reserves; Nate Miley’s supervisorial campaign in the red

Swanson, Skinner block each others bids for Dem Party state senate endorsement

State Senate candidate Nancy Skinner speakingto Democratic Party delegates Saturday in Oakland.SD9 PRE-ENDORSEMENT |The East Bay's hotly-contested Ninth State Senate District race between Nancy Skinner and Sandre Swanson will be waged without either carrying the banner of the California Democratic Party this primary season.The pair of well-known former East Bay assemblymembers failed to gain a … Continue reading Swanson, Skinner block each others bids for Dem Party state senate endorsement

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

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

Nancy Skinner wary of newcomer’s ability to self-fund State Senate campaign

Nancy SkinnerSTATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 | All things considered, Nancy Skinner should be feeling good about her chances next year in the East Bay's Ninth State Senate District. She has a considerable money advantage over fellow Democrat Sandre Swanson and some buzz beginning to build around her candidacy, at least among East Bay politicos … Continue reading Nancy Skinner wary of newcomer’s ability to self-fund State Senate campaign

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