Lloyd wins sheriff, DA endorsements

Contra Costa County Sheriff Warren Rupf and District Attorney Bob Kochly have endorsed GOP Assembly District 15 candidate Judy Biviano Lloyd.

This morning’s press release follows Lloyd’s announcement of the endorsements of former sheriff and state senator Dick Rainey and his wife, Walnut Creek Mayor Sue Rainey.

Candidates usually compete fiercely for endorsements, particularly those of high-profile elected officials. Big names can attract big contributions and ultimately, the candidates hope, the necessary votes to win on Election Day.

The quest for endorsements is particularly heightened in Assembly District 15, where some 11 people seek to replace incumbent Assemblyman Guy Houston of San Ramon when he terms out in 2008.

The field includes five Republicans and six Democrats. (Democrat Terry Coleman is listed on the Secretary of State’s web site as having a campaign committee but he has withdrawn from the race.)

The Democratic field includes Steve Filson, Stevan Thomas, Fred Klaske, Davies Ononiwu, Chris Van Schaack and San Ramon Valley School Board Trustee Joan Buchanan.

The Republican field, in addition to Judy Lloyd, includes San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson, Robert Rao, Scott Kamena and Joe Rubay.

(Note: If a candidate has an official Assembly web site, I’ve included it as a link attached to his or her name above.)

Lisa Vorderbrueggen