Bill Lockyer helps fund wife’s campaign

In what proves to be an interesting follow-up to the question I raised last week about whether and when a candidate’s marriage to another elected official should be noted, Nadia Lockyer announced today that her campaign for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors District 2 seat collected about $168,000 in the latter half of last year – including, she notes, a $75,000 contribution from her husband’s Bill Lockyer for Treasurer re-election campaign.

Bill Lockyer can certainly afford it; his committee had almost $9.4 million in the bank by mid-2009, and raised at least $58,000 more since then. He’s unopposed in the Democratic primary; only state Sen. Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Niguel, has announced her intention to run on the GOP ticket, and she starts at a significant name-recognition deficit compared to the incumbent Lockyer.

Nadia Lockyer says she raised over $237,000 in all of 2009, leaving her at year’s end with cash on hand of $135,000. She also noted she and volunteers (including former state Democratic Party chairman Art Torres) have been walking the district’s precincts to chat with residents and build grassroots support.

“I am so grateful for the support people have shown my campaign,” she said in her release. “When I am Supervisor, I will fight to ensure that southern Alameda County gets a fairer share from our County government in order to maintain public safety in our communities and continued access to programs critical to our families.”

Also in this race are former state Sen. Liz Figueroa, D-Sunol; Hayward City Councilman Kevin Dowling; and Union City Mayor Mark Green. I’ll be checking on their campaign finance filings ASAP. The District 2 seat represents parts of Hayward, Newark, Union City, Fremont, and Sunol; incumbent Gail Steele isn’t seeking re-election in this June 8 vote.

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.

  • Steve White

    Nadia Lockyer’s hiring as head of the Alameda County Family Justice Center seems to have been in violation of both state and federal law. It was engineered by Nancy O’Malley, who has since become District Attorney Of Alameda County. Nancy O’Malley is a liar and political schemer who rigged the selection process for the job, not because she had to to HIRE Lockyer, because the DA can hire whoever he wants, but because of state laws that forbid the Attorney General, which Lockyer was at the time, from using his influnence to get his wife a job. Under the CA constitution, Lockyer was O’Malley’s boss at the time his wife was hired, so, that seemed to be a violation of state law, so, O’Malley rigged it for him.