If we needed yet another sign that San Joaquin County has officially joined the Bay Area, then this is it: GOP Stockton Mayor Ed Chavez has endorsed Democratic Assembly District 15 candidate Joan Buchanan over Republican nominee and fellow mayor Abram Wilson of San Ramon.
Chavez also recently endorsed Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney of Pleasanton over Republican challenger and his Stockton neighbor Dean Andal.
Granted, Chavez used to be a Democrat and critics say changed parties in order to win the mayor’s seat. But still, what is going on in the Valley?
Read more for Buchanan’s press release sent this morning:
San Ramon, CA – Democratic Assembly candidate Joan Buchanan today announced that she has won the endorsement of Stockton Mayor Ed Chavez, a Republican. The announcement highlights Buchanan’s ability to work across the aisle to achieve real results.
“If there’s one thing we need in the legislature its practical problem solvers. Joan Buchanan has successfully worked with Republicans and Democrats to get things done. She’s exactly what we need,” said Chavez. ”I am honored to have Mayor Chavez’s support. We share a desire to get rid of the “us versus them” mentality. We are focused on how to get the job done,” said Buchanan. Buchanan has built a broad coalition of support unusual for any candidate for Assembly including the California Medical Association, California Small Business Association, California Professional Firefighters, California Teachers Association, California Nurses Association, California League of Conservation Voters, and the Peace Officers Research Association. Buchanan, a four-time President of the San Ramon Valley Unified School Board, turned the once-struggling district into one that is top ranked. Prior to her school board service, Joan was one of the youngest women executives at Delta Dental where she honed her financial and organizational skills. She’s been a San Ramon Valley resident for 25 years. Currently held by Republican Guy Houston, the 15th Assembly District is one of the most competitive districts in California. It includes the cities of San Ramon, Alamo, Walnut Creek, Danville, Brentwood, Livermore, and a part of Pleasanton, as well as portions of the Sacramento Delta communities of Stockton, Galt, and Elk Grove.