Castro Valley’s Dennis Hayashi lost a 2004 bid for the 20th Assembly District seat, and an election last fall for an Alameda County Superior Court seat. Now, the state is sending out inquiries about applicants for judicial appointments, and the mailboxes of local politicos and community leaders are receiving letters asking about Hayashi. It’s a routine practice, but Democrat Hayashi may have a little more clout than in the past, even with a Republican governor making any future appointments.
Hayashi’s wife, Mary, was elected to the 18th Assembly District in November, and she’s moving fast up the Democratic chain of command in Sacramento. Dennis Hayashi has a lot of “cred” himself, as evidenced by the resume he prepared for his judicial race in November 2006.