The return of Audie Bock


Audie Bock, for those who don’t remember, rode a wave of falling dominoes (or were they musical chairs) into the state Assembly in 1999. That is, when Ron Dellums resigned from the House mid-term, and then-state-Senator Barbara Lee ran to replace him in a special election, and then-Assemblyman Don Perata ran for the state Senate to replace her, Bock won that Assembly seat.

It was an odd win – she’d not done very well in the initial special election but no candidate got more than 50 percent of the vote, so she ended up in a runoff with Democratic former Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris. Harris then proceeded to get into hot water by promising free fried chicken to voters who presented voting stubs at a local market — widely seen as killing two birds (vote-buying and implicit racism) with one stone — and Bock edged him out for a win in the March 1999 showdown, 50.5 percent to 49.5 percent.

But the Greens didn’t have much time to savor their first-ever win in the California Legislature, one of their best wins nationwide; in 2000 Bock incurred the party’s wrath by accepting campaign contributions from oil companies. She proceeded to drop her party affiliation and run for re-election as an independent; Democrat Wilma Chan cleaned her clock, 67 percent to 22 percent, that November.

Her political philosophy apparently still evolving, she then became a registered Democrat, and decided to run against Barbara Lee in the 2002 primary, claiming Lee’s lone vote against the use of force immediately following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks had been unpatriotic. But with Lee’s support clearly apparent, Bock withdrew before the filing deadline for the race.

And in 2003, she was one of the 135 candidates who ran to replace Gray Davis in the gubernatorial recall election, urging her fellow Democrats to recall the Democratic governor. She came in 22nd, with 3,358 votes.

Why am I telling you all this? Because Audie Bock filed today with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters to run in November’s election for a two-year term on the board of the Hayward Area Recreation & Park District. I didn’t realize she’d moved out of Piedmont, but sure enough, I see she’s listed in Hayward now.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Also, Oakland City Council front-runner Rebecca Kaplan was Bock’s aide in the legislature.

  • Ms. Oakland

    Kaplan was a solid staffer for Bock. Don’t hold Bock against her.

  • ResistingCynicism

    Kaplan, too, was a Green officeholder who just changed to Democrat this Spring, meeting a union condition for heavy support in the council primary, June 3. Now Kaplan has the endorsement of OakPAC of the Chamber of Commerce: she might call it bringing people together, but it seems like just plain opportunism running an auction. At least Bock didn’t pursue cognitive juxtaposition to the point of wearing her sexual identity on her sleeve while also displaying a Bible and even candles at campaign appearances (check youtube for Rebecca Kaplan Oakland).

  • Ms. Oakland

    I wouldn’t put much stock in the OakPAC endorsement. Most of the people they endorse tend to lose, most recently Clinton Killian and (OakPAC Chair) Michael Colbruno.

  • Audie Bock would do well as a member of the H.A.R.D. board. She’s educated, task-oriented and team-spirited, Audie Bock brings a positive attitude to any organization. She has worked effectively with elected officials, movie directors and actors, students and the homeless. She has managed cross-cultural projects at home and abroad, and built public service coalitions with government agencies and legislators in order to help neighborhoods and families. She enjoys teaching and learning new skills, travel and nature.

    Audie Bock has worked hard to better our communities, parks, schools, and low-income youths. She has direct a scholarship for low-income youth to receive free horseback riding lessons. Was a former college teacher, has also taught throughout Hayward as a K-12 and adult school substitute teacher. Was a day-camp counselor as a teenager, I went on to serve in the State Assembly, where she secured funding for numerous park projects, including restoration of the shores of Oakland’s Lake Merritt. Holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of San Francisco, has directed and served on boards of theater, arts and cultural organizations. Is an avid horsewoman, who rides in Castro Valley and Hayward and show Western Pleasure. She respectfully ask for your vote and pledges to go out of the board room and into the neighborhoods and listen to what you really want and need. You will meet her in the parks, the galleries, the recreation centers and the rodeo grounds.

    You can check out her website at:

  • Joel Monkarsh

    Who are the other opponents on the ballot?

  • Audie Bock is the worst sort of parasite politician, as exemplified by her utterly opportunistic party hopping, her social-chauvinist attempt to use “september 11” to (attempt) to unseat Barbara Lee, and Grey (“No play for mistah Grey”) Davis.

    Not only is this creature running for office as a member of the H.A.R.D. board of directors, but ALSO she’s running for a seat on the Hayward School Board.

    Apparently Ms. Bock is very desperate to get a nice cushy Govt. berth.

    I for one will never vote for this creature, and IMO anyone who does is out for a disappointment.

    Thank you

    Haystack Voter