AD15 swells by one more

Round and round the Assembly District 15 candidate wheel goes and where she stops, nobody knows.

A 13th person has filed a statement of intent to run for AD15, the seat held by termed out Assemblyman Guy Houston, R-San Ramon. Houston sweetened the pot further when he announced last week that he would run for the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and forgo a re-election bid if voters in February alter term limits. Under the measure, Houston would be eligible to serve another six years in the Assembly.

Could this be a record number of candidates filing for an open Assembly seat?

The lucky 13th name on the list is Democrat John D. Taylor, an Elk Grove school teacher who lives in Sacramento on the far edge of this gerrymandered district.

Although the Secretary of State’s web site lists 13 people for AD15, there are only 11 people actively campaigning. Democrats Terry Coleman, who ran and lost in 2006, and Livermore school principal Chris Van Schaack, withdrew from the race after filing their statements of intent.

The Republican line-up includes Livermore optometrist Scott Kamena, retired auto dealership owner Robert Rao; party activist and Pleasanton businesswoman Judy Biviano Lloyd, San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson and Danville real estate appraiser Joe Rubay.

On the Democratic side, the candidates are health insurance agent and former airline pilot Steve Filson, Danville electrician Stevan Thomas, businessman Fred Klaske, Elk Grove resident Davies Ononiwu and San Ramon Valley School District Trustee Joan Buchanan.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen