Democrat Joan Buchanan joins crowded AD15 field

And then there were 11 ….

Four-time San Ramon Unified School District President Joan Buchanan today officially entered the Democratic primary in Assembly District 15.

That brings to 11 the number of candidates seeking the seat held by incumbent Guy Houston, R-San Ramon, who will term out in 2008.

“After seventeen years of public service in our community, I want to get more done in Sacramento,” Buchanan said. “There is no limit to what we can accomplish for all of California’s students if we buckle down and work together.”

Buchanan’s candidacy poses a serious challenge to the six male Democrats who are seeking the nomination. As the only woman candidate in the Democratic field, combined with her status as a veteran educator, she will likely prove to be a formidable opponent.

The other Democrats are Danville airline pilot Steve Filson; Castro Valley businessman Fred Klaske; El Grove resident Davies Ononiwu; Livermore school principal Chris Van Schaack; and Danville electrician Stevan Thomas.

The Republicans have added another nominee to their ranks, as well, although the man is far less well known than Buchanan.

Joe Rubay, a partner in his family’s Danville real estate appraisal company, an Alamo resident and a party activist, says he has formed an AD15 campaign committee.

The other GOP candidates are San Ramon optometrist Scott Kamana; retired auto dealership owner Robert Rao; Pleasanton businesswoman and party activist Judy Biviano Lloyd; and San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson.

The district includes includes Livermore, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, a portion of Pleasanton, Galt and portions of Stockton and Elk Grove.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen