Art Torres stumping for Nadia Lockyer

Former California Democratic Party Chairman Art Torres will be pounding the pavement in Hayward tomorrow on behalf of Alameda County Board of Supervisors candidate Nadia Lockyer.

The candidate – executive director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center in Oakland, a Hayward resident, and wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer – is competing with former state Sen. Liz Figueroa, D-Sunol; Hayward City Councilman Kevin Dowling; and perhaps some other local officials for the District 2 Supervisor’s seat now held by Gail Steele, who’s retiring next year. District 2 encompasses parts of Hayward, Newark, Union City, Fremont, and Sunol; the election will be in June.

Torres, in Lockyer’s news release, said he’s “so proud” to support her.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing her ever since she was a young person who was intent on serving her community and making a difference,” he said. “Over the years, Nadia has proven herself as a leader who has consistently fought to empower her community, and Alameda County will greatly benefit from her dedication, hard work, and enthusiasm.”

Lockyer, who posted an early fundraising lead in August, said she’s “deeply honored” to have Torres’ support.

Her community walk with Torres will start at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Starbucks Coffee at 245 W. Jackson St. in Hayward. Looks as if her campaign Web site isn’t up yet, however.

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.

  • Elwood

    Is it just me, or does she look like she’s been smoking crack?

  • Brian Lawrence

    It is just you.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Let’s be kind: she’s just been in a darkroom

  • Art Torres Recommendation

    Art Torres has a long record of fighting to help people– from working with Cesar Chavez to his current work as a leader in the California stem cell program– his recommendation carries a lot of weight with me. If he says Nadia Lockyer is a strong candidate, I will be contacting her campaign to find out more.

    Also, I know her father. Bill Lockyer is also a man to be respected.

    California is lucky to have such people willing to step forward and help.

    Thank you,

    Don C. Reed

  • Elwood

    “Bill Lockyer is also a man to be respected.”


    For what?

    Please elaborate.

  • J

    Hey Don, you might want to re-read the story. Bill is not her father, he is her husband (give the man a high five when you see him).

  • Steve White

    This was worth reading for the comment “I know her father”. I’ve got to add one: When she announced her candidacy, she said something about “working her tail off”. Since she’s only a viable candidate because she’s Lockyer’s wife, some of us think she’s worked her tail pretty hard to get where she is already.

  • Jas Barbe

    Bill and Nadia Lockyer are not only hard working public servants, but wonderful individuals. I have had the privilege of hosting them as a family and can say without reserve, I not only like them but highly respect both as leaders. As a couple and a family, you will not find finer people.

  • Elwood

    Re: #8

    And you’re related to which one of them?

  • Steve White

    Does anyone know about the rumors Bill Lockyer helped cover up the scandal when his personal bodyguard was charged with statutory rape of a 12 year old girl up in Sacramento? I am not saying they are true, I heard them from DOJ staff up there when Bill was still AG, but anyone know?

  • Steve White

    Some reasons to be against Bill Lockyer:
    1. Many tens of millions spent by him as AG which went around the normal bid process, possibly illegally.
    2. As AG, he did nothing at all to police corruption on the part of local DAs or local police.
    3. Got his wife the job at the ACFJC. Probably a violation of both state law, which forbids the Attorney General, along with many other elected officials, from using their positions for personal or family advantage, and the federal funing laws related to the grants ACFJC gets from the US DOJ.