Open political seats seem to attract a crowd faster than a playground fight.
Nine people have either filed or announced plans to run in the June 2008 primary for Assembly District 15, the seat held by soon-to-be-termed-out Republican Guy Houston, including four Republicans and five Democrats.
The newest name on the Democratic ticket is Steve Filson, a commercial airline pilot and Navy veteran. But his name may be familiar: He ran unsuccessfully in the congressional District 11 primary in 2006, losing the nomination to Jerry McNerney.
“I have a good base of support that continued to build even after the congressional primary,” Filson said. “People asked me to seriously consider the Assembly and I felt I had enough support to go forward.”
Terry Coleman, the Democrat who lost against Houston in 2006, says he will not run.
“I’ve encouraged Steve Filson to run,” Coleman said. “I think he will make a fine legislator.”
The other four Democratic candidates include Fred Klaske of San Ramon, who also considered running for Congress in 2006; Davies Ononiwu, an Elk Grove business owner; Livermore high school principal Chris Van Schaack; and Danville electrician Stevan Thomas. (Thomas also ran in the District 11 primary in 2006; he came in third behind McNerney and Filson.)
On the Republican side, San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson has said he will run although he hasn’t filed a statement of intent with the Secretary of State’s office or formed a campaign finance committee.
The other three GOP candidates are Republican activist and business owner Judy Biviano Lloyd of Dublin; retired auto sales executive Robert Rao of Livermore, and Scott Kamena, Livermore optometrist and board member on the Livermore Area Park and Recreation District.
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Lloyd, who turned 47 today, launched her web site this morning and announced her campaign team.
Her honorary campaign chairmen and women include:
Lydia Beebe, corporate secretary of Chevron Corporation of San Ramon; Ann Blackburn, CEO of Blackburn Advisory Services, Inc.;
Floyd Brown, chairman of Citizens United and the Senior Fellow at the Ronald Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara;
Barbara Cappa, a child abuse prevention and youth advocate;
William Cronk and his wife, Janet, who is the president of the Boy Scouts of America and former president of Dreyer’s Ice Cream;
Carolyn Devine, president of the San Francisco Commission on Aging and Adult Services;
Matt Fong, former California State Treasurer and founder of Strategic Advisory Group;
Robert Fried, partner in the Pleasanton office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo;
Elizabeth Kearney, president and Founder of Kearney & Associates;
Kristen Kuhns, who will soon become the CEO of Eravita, Inc.;
Anjali Lathi, former Alameda County Chair for Governor Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign;
Alison Levine, a climber, explorer, entrepreneur, and organizational leadership consultant who served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition;
Jack Loyd, medical device entrepreneur, and his wife, Lynne, a community volunteer;
Charles Marsala, Atherton City Councilman;
Carol Morrison, technology start-up entrepreneur and chief marketing officer for Santa Clara County Republican Party;
George Opacic, manager in the political affairs department of Pacific Gas & Electric Company;
Deborah Perry Piscione, president of Marketplace Offense, author, television and radio commentator who serves as a regular guest of political programs on CNN and National Public Radio;
Danelle Storm Rosati, founder of Storm & Company;
Herman G. Rowland, Sr., chairman of the board of the Jelly Belly Candy Company;
Jerry Thorne, Pleasanton City Councilman;
Julie Vandermost, state President of the California Women’s Leadership Association;
Susan Wichmann, senior financial adviser for Merrill Lynch Global Private Client Group of San Ramon and president of the Wellness Community of the San Francisco East Bay;
Deborah Wilder, nationally recognized expert on state and federal employment law matters in the construction field;
Joe Yew, finance director for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.