Tony Thurmond makes a pitch for his possible successor in AD15

El Cerrito Councilmember Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto and Assemblymember Tony Thurmond15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT--ELECTION 2018--Assemblymember Tony Thurmond certainly has many options when it comes to handing out his endorsement in the crowded field of diverse candidates hoping to replace him in the 15th District this fall.Thurmond, who is not running for re-election in order to run for the … Continue reading Tony Thurmond makes a pitch for his possible successor in AD15

2017 Year in East Bay Politics: With 2018 election cycle ahead, candidates made early moves

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICSIt was not too early for a number of potential East Bay candidates to announce intentions to run next year, or, at least, begin to put out feelers. A number of statewide candidates from the region opened campaign accounts, including Richmond's Gayle McLaughlin (Lt. gov), Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (state superintendent), … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics: With 2018 election cycle ahead, candidates made early moves

LAST 5 THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS

Rebecca Kaplan is going to sweep into theAD15 race late and take it.ELECTION 2018➤I think its absolutely useless to do an analysis of the 15th Assembly District's current large field of candidates because the person who will sworn-in December 2018 is even in the race yet. I think sometime early next year, Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan will … Continue reading LAST 5 THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS

Assembly hopeful Ben Bartlett gets a boost from Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín

Berkeley Councilmember Ben Bartlett andMayor Jesse Arreguin.PHOTO/Bartlett for Assembly15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTJust a month into Berkeley Councilmember Ben Bartlett's campaign for the 15th Assembly District, he has gained one of its plum endorsements, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín.“California needs leaders with the vision, courage and experience to tackle the challenges facing our state. Ben Bartlett is the … Continue reading Assembly hopeful Ben Bartlett gets a boost from Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín

Berkeley councilman becomes ninth to file for Tony Thurmond’s open assembly seat

Berkeley Councilmember Ben Bartlett15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTThey're going to need a really big table for debates next year in the 15th Assembly District. First-term Berkeley Councilmember Ben Bartlett filed an intent to run Tuesday for the seat being vacated by current Assemblymember Tony Thurmond. Bartlett becomes the ninth candidate--all Democrats--to file for the June 2018 primary … Continue reading Berkeley councilman becomes ninth to file for Tony Thurmond’s open assembly seat

State superintendent candidates Tony Thurmond, Marshall Tuck talk teacher shortages

Early candidates for state superintendent, RichmondAssemblymember Tony Thurmond and Marshall Tuck.STATE SUPERINTENDENT--BALLOT BOX--"At an education conference Thursday, the two announced candidates for state superintendent of public instruction called for more strategies to counter a teacher shortage they said is gripping the state. The comments by Marshall Tuck and Tony Thurmond indicate the issue will factor … Continue reading State superintendent candidates Tony Thurmond, Marshall Tuck talk teacher shortages

Form 460: East Bay’s semi-annual campaign finance reports

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS--MONEYBALL--It may be only August, but for federal, state and county races, the time for campaigns to raise money in advance of the June Primary is now. Based on mid-year campaign finance reports through June 30, several East Bay politicians were busy this year. Below are contributions, expenditure and ending cash on hand … Continue reading Form 460: East Bay’s semi-annual campaign finance reports

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

Ro Khanna endorsed Kimberly Ellis for state party chair, but didn’t vote for her

Rep. Ro Khanna17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTLt. Gov. Gavin Newsom last month famously announced support for both candidates in the hard-fought state Democratic Party chair race. But in the aftermath of the contentious campaign won by Los Angeles Democratic Party Chair Eric Bauman over the progressive Richmond upstart Kimberly Ellis, it was later learned that Newsom didn't … Continue reading Ro Khanna endorsed Kimberly Ellis for state party chair, but didn’t vote for her

Michael Bloomberg maxes out contributions to Tony Thurmond’s opponent for state supe

Former New York City Mayor MichaelBloomberg isn't likely to be a friendof Tony Thurmond next year.STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLSWhen it came to funding ballot initiatives for taxing sugary drinks in Oakland and San Francisco last fall, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was an ally of Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, who supported the initiativesBut, Bloomberg, … Continue reading Michael Bloomberg maxes out contributions to Tony Thurmond’s opponent for state supe

Oakland Councilman Dan Kalb formally announces candidacy for the 15th Assembly District

Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTOakland Councilmember Dan Kalb made official what just about everyone in East Bay politics has known for months. He's running next year for the 15th Assembly District seat.“All through my career, I have dedicated myself to solving big problems by bringing folks together with determination and in good faith,” said … Continue reading Oakland Councilman Dan Kalb formally announces candidacy for the 15th Assembly District

Jean Quan is mulling a comeback

Jean QuanOAKLANDAs far as second or third acts go, this would be quite a stunner. Former Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is mulling a run for the open 15th Assembly District seat being vacated next year by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, according to sources with knowledge of her inquiries.In recent weeks, Quan's husband, Dr. Floyd Huen, reached … Continue reading Jean Quan is mulling a comeback

EBMUD board director Andy Katz enters growing AD-15 race

Andy Katz's current term on the EBMUD board ends in 2018.15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTFour years ago, East Bay Municipal Utilities District board member Andy Katz thought he was ready for a move to the state house. He eventually dropped out of the race in the 15th Assembly District later won by Tony Thurmond.On Wednesday, Katz filed papers … Continue reading EBMUD board director Andy Katz enters growing AD-15 race

Bonta, Thurmond, Quirk join new Assembly Progressive Caucus

STATE ASSEMBLYLast January, when a groundswell of progressive angst coarsed through the veins of local activists hoping to secure spots as delegates to last weekend's state convention, many in the East Bay were surprised to learn the most left-leaning state party in the nation didn't even have a dedicated progressive caucus. Self-described Berniecrats and Bernie bros … Continue reading Bonta, Thurmond, Quirk join new Assembly Progressive Caucus

The Bernie Sanders of the East Bay is exploring run for Lt. Gov.

Richmond Councilmember Gayle McLaughlinformed an exploratory committee for statelieutenant governor.RICHMONDAs a Richmond mayor and councilmember Gayle McLaughlin railed against Chevron, one of the most powerful corporations in the world, for its environmental indecency, sought to protect residents from the cold grip of home foreclosures by Big Banks through eminent domain and backed working people and … Continue reading The Bernie Sanders of the East Bay is exploring run for Lt. Gov.