Meg Whitman rolls out East Bay grassroots

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman today announced grassroots steering committees that she expects will help recruit volunteers and mobilize voters throughout the Bay Area and Northern California.

The Alameda County roster includes:

  • Lauretta Annah, 45, of Union City, an insurance sales rep and tax and financial adviser who was a member of the California Women for Hillary (Clinton) Council in 2007 and a registered Democrat as of 2008;
  • Suzanne Caro, 60, an Oakland Realtor;
  • William H. Draper III, 81, a prominent venture capitalist and philanthropist (who seems to live in Atherton, although no San Mateo County steering committee was announced today);
  • Keith Erwood, 38, owner of a Union City disaster-preparedness and risk-management consulting firm;
  • Nathan George, 30, a Cal mathematics doctoral student, and Angela George, a freelance designer, of Berkeley;
  • Kurt Kleier, 40, of Emeryville;
  • Kevin Leader, 47, of Oakland, treasurer and principal vice president of San Francisco-based Bechtel Corp.; and
  • Ronald Surma, 61, a Fremont software engineer.
  • You read that first one correctly: a former Hillary Clinton supporter now in Meg Whitman’s camp. I called Annah tonight, and she said she’s “more of an independent than a hard Democrat or Republican.” As for Whitman, she said, “I’m attracted to the fact that she ran a big corporation and its been such a terrible mess with so many people in sac doing nothing, I’m putting my faith in her that she can turn things around … I see her as a doer because she has gone out there and proved herself.”

    See the Contra Costa steering committee’s roster, after the jump…

    Whitman’s Contra Costa County team includes:

  • Susan Campbell, 63, of Danville;
  • Julie Craven, 34, a Concord designer and branding strategist who took out papers this week for a possible run in the 11th Assembly District GOP primary;
  • Todd Galde, 40, a mortgage loan officer from San Ramon;
  • Bill Hayes, 57, a mortgage broker, and Diane Hayes, 52, of Clayton;
  • Jerrold Parsons, 41, a former Western Contra Costa County Transit Authority Board of Directors member from Rodeo;
  • Allen Payton, 46, a former Antioch councilman, the CEO of eTranzUSA, and a frequent commenter on this blog;
  • Joseph Rubay, 50, a real estate appraiser from Alamo who hopes to be the next chairman of the Contra Costa County Republican Central Committee; and
  • Linda Whelan, 59, of Clayton.
  • 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.

    • REW

      Memo to Meg; Talk to Michael Huffington, and Al Chechi. They too tried to buy the Governor’s office and a Senate seat, but voters balked at electing them. Californians aren’t too keen on rich people who try to buy political offices, thankfully.

    • Mike F.

      Memo to Meg II: Also, we elect people who say they’ll “blow up the boxes” only to create more boxes.