Rubay drops out of AD15 race

Real estate appraiser Joe Rubay has dropped out of the running for the Republican nomination in Assembly District 15.

That leaves just four Republicans actively campaigning for the hotly contested seat that has attracted a cavalcade of candidates. Seven Democrats have created campaign committees and are raising money for the race, too. Incumbent Assemblyman Guy Houston, R-San Ramon, will term out next year and run for the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.

Rubay is personable and fun but he’s new to the political scene and he just couldn’t keep up with his more experienced colleagues, particularly when it came to raising money and attracting endorsements.

As for Rubay’s part, he says he will “support the Republican primary winner 100 percent.”

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • renegade gop

    Joe Rubay is much liked in GOP activist circles. But he had know idea how to run a campaign. Several months ago after the other AD 15 candidates had been raising thousands of dollars I asked Rubay how much money he has raised? He answered he had not raised or tried to raise a dime. Wow……. I guess he figured he could win by being a nice guy.
    Message to Joe.. Go find a smaller office that you might have a chance of winning and learn the ropes before stepping up to play with the pros.

  • Joe Rubay


    I am very happy not to be confused with all the professionall politicians out there. Please pass along to Renegade GOP, I have volunteered hundreds if not thousands of hours to the GOP over the last thirty years and have never asked for anything in return. I feel it is honor to serve on the Contra Costa Republican Central Committee, The Contra Costa County Fair Board and as the National Director of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance. I particpate so we may have a better county, a better state and the best country in the world.

    Thank you for the space to respond,
    Joe Rubay
    GOP Activist and a Nice Guy
    Alamo, California

  • Renegade GOP

    You have been a great volunteer and selfless advocate for Republican campaigns and causes for many years.
    I know you burn to be an elected offical. But you had know idea how to run a campaign the size of a state assembly race and it showed.

    Go back to the drawing board find something you have a chance of winning and run for it.