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Another candidate declares in CD-10

By Josh Richman
Monday, June 15th, 2009 at 9:41 am in Congressional District 10, Elections, Ellen Tauscher, U.S. House.

With 11 candidates already declared or most likely in the field and a few more rumored to be mulling it over, the race to succeed Rep. Ellen Tauscher in the 10th Congressional District became an even dozen Monday with an entry from the “who’s that?” department.

Self-described “soccer mom” Tiffany Attwood of Danville, a Democrat and Bay Area native, says she’s the only minority woman (Latina/Filipina) in the race.

“Why would anyone elect the same officials that put California in a $21 billion deficit in a federal seat?” she said. “I don’t think constituents of the 10th District want to put an experienced deficit-spending, tax-increasing politician in Congress.”

Her news release says that with her father and two brothers as former or current Marines, she’s “acutely aware of the issues surrounding veterans and senior citizens, especially with health care.” She also touts her experience as a wife, a mother, a mortgage officer with Emery Financial and a Danville Planning Commissioner, noting she faces the everyday challenges of holding down two jobs and balancing a family life to make ends meet.

From her campaign’s Web site:

As health care is a personal issue with Tiffany and her family, she has taken on a second job with United Parcel Service (UPS) to secure full health benefits, which her union manages. Over the years with UPS, Tiffany has found that not only do her coworkers hold down second jobs too, but are there also to cover family health benefits. Outside of UPS, health care is a cost problem within the 10th District and needs to be addressed.

She said her priorities will focus on responsible home ownership, open dialogue on solutions for the health care industry, and federal help for small business owners in order to boost the district’s employment.

“Defaults in home ownership are up, on average by 14 percent in the district. Families are now faced with possible layoffs, bad credit and nowhere to turn to for help. I want to get the word out that Obama’s stimulus for housing is working, although a little bureaucratic, we’ve been able to give families their lives back,” she said. “We’re all going through tough times right now – my family is too. But there is hope! With American ingenuity and a positive attitude we can ALL make it through this.”

This race ought to be getting off the ground in earnest soon, as Tauscher’s confirmation hearing went off without a hitch last week and the vote on her appointment to a high-ranking State Department should be soon to follow. Other declared candidates or those likely to run include Democrats Tony Bothwell, Joan Buchanan, John Garamendi, Adriel Hampton, Mark DeSaulnier and Anthony Woods; Republicans Nick Gerber, David Harmer and Catherine Moy; Green Jeremy Cloward; and independent Gino VanGundy.

UPDATE @ 3:24 P.M.: I spoke with the new candidate about an hour ago; read about it here.

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  • RR

    Other likely but undeclared candidates are Rocky Racoon, Sally Squirrel and Opie Opossum. Eminent scholars at UC-Berkeley maintain that it’s high time for humans to surrender their dominant, tyrannical place in society.

  • Ralph Hoffmann, Guest Columnist

    I’m sure Tiffany filed to keep Joan company, so she wouldn’t be the only woman candidate. I didn’t realize Rocky Sally, or Opie lived in CD-10; maybe they’re just other reverse carpetbaggers, like John G.

  • RR

    I think Tiffany is cute.

  • John W

    I attended the packed health care town hall meeting in Concord Saturday, with George Miller as the featured speaker. DeSaulnier was on the podium too. Since Miller has endorsed DeSaulnier, it’s no surprise that none of the other CD-10 wannabes was there. That suggests to me that DeSaulnier has got a pretty big head start (especially among unions and eligible Latino voters) that will be difficult for anybody else to overcome.

  • RR

    Elected office-holders have great healthcare. Just ask them about it.

  • C. T. Weber

    I thought Mary McIlroy was the Peace and Freedom Party candidate. If she is, then she should be mentioned