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AD15: Wilson touts independence

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, August 2nd, 2010 at 3:15 pm in 2010 election, Assembly District 15.

Abram Wilson flier

Abram Wilson flier

GOP Assembly District 15 candidate Abram Wilson, also the mayor of San Ramon, is leaving campaign fliers around the district that may leave some voters confused.

“Independent. Nonpartisan. Effective.” So reads Wilson’s mantra.

Nowhere does he mention in the flier that he is a Republican.

Democrats, who back incumbent Democratic Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan’s re-election bid, call it an intentional strategy in a competitive district to mislead voters about Wilson’s position on the political spectrum.

For his part, Wilson has often proclaimed his disinterest in partisan bickering, an exercise he describes as a colossal waste of time that has contributed to California’s political dysfunction.

Wilson vows to work across party lines and find solutions.

Not to sound pessimistic but that whole “working across party lines” thing is not exactly popular in Sacramento.

Legislators who work with members of the other party are ostracized. They may find their offices moved to the basement. Their own party’s leaders may lead a recall effort back home or move to block their candidacies’ in other races.

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  • SanRamonDad

    I’ve been very impressed with what Wilson has done in San Ramon. I think he has a record of working with Democrats and Republicans to better his city.

  • WIlliam

    “Not to sound pessimistic but that whole “working across party lines” thing is not exactly popular in Sacramento.”

    They may not like to hear it but leaders like Mr. Wilson are EXACTLY what Sacramento needs. For far too long we have been stuck because the legislature is more of a populatirty contest and less of a body set upon getting what is right done for California.

    Now is the time for the right kind of change in Sacramento, someone who doesn’t care if his office is in the basement or the penthouse, someone who wants to make sure that eazch and every Californian is represented.

    From all of the bickering and back-and-forth position I have heard coming from our state capitol – it is refreshing to hear ose one come out and tell the voters exactly how he feels.

    I for one will be casting my vote for Mr. Wilson come this November, I have been impressed that he WANTS to work across the aisle and make a difference from day one.

    We need more candidates like him to come into public service. It is time to get the entrenched bums looking for a stepping stone out of our capitol and bring it back to the people.

  • Schmurr

    Its that kind of pessimism that is keeping Sacramento broken and broke. Wilson has proven he is capable of working across party lines. He will work across party lines and build a consensus. He’ll put CA back on track and make CA working again. If you dont understand that by now, you havent been paying attention to Mayor Wilson.

  • Nathan Y.

    As a student heavily involved in leadership around the community and a volunteer many hours I strongly believe that Mayor Wilson is the perfect candidate for the State Assembly because he is truly there to represent the people and make a positive impact on the future of California. My thoughts are “who cares about your party”, if you are democrat or republican it doesn’t matter because as long as you represent the people of California and the future well being of the state is all that matters. Joan Buchanan had her chance at the state capital and all she showed the 15th district was how to properly abstain from a vote. Would you rather have someone that votes and represents the district(Wilson)or someone that sits back and continues her record of abstentions. For all those parents here is some background info when she was at the district; she wanted to allow R-rated movies and the biggest thing she wanted to see happen was the termination of “AP” classes, where would this school district stand without those? If she is a logical thinker she hasn’t proved it yet.

  • Murphy

    We could use a lot more people like Mayor Wilson in office who put the people before partisan politics!

    Why would a voter be confused with independent, nonpartisan and effective? That’s exactly what he is and always has been!

  • 12 year resident

    I’ve lived in San Ramon over 10 years and never knew if the Mayor was a Republican or a Democrat. What I do know is that we have a very well run city that I’m lucky to call home.

  • Nathan Y.

    As a student heavily involved in leadership around the community and a volunteer many hours I strongly believe that Mayor Wilson is the perfect candidate for the State Assembly because he is truly there to represent the people and make a positive impact on the future of California. My thoughts are “who cares about your party”, if you are democrat or republican it doesn’t matter because as long as you represent the people of California and the future well being of the state is all that matters. Joan Buchanan had her chance at the state capital and all she showed the 15th district was how to properly abstain from a vote. Would you rather have someone that votes and represents the district(Wilson)or someone that sits back and continues her record of abstentions. For all the parents out there did you know that Joan wanted to allow R-rated movies and here is the biggest illogical thing she tried to do and it was to eliminate the AP Classes in the district and Mayor Wilson fought hard to keep them there. Where would the district and the schools stand if they pulled the AP Program? If Joan has any common sense she sure hasn’t proved it yet.

  • marcus

    Mayor Wilson has proven time and time again to be a non partisan guy who’s interests lie within our community.

    If you want more than that, you’re crazy. This is the man I am voting for come November!

  • DanvilleDemocrat

    Glad to see that the Republican Wilson’s campaign volunteers spend their time leaving troll comments instead of contacting voters and spreading misleading information.

    A VOTE FOR ABRAM WILSON IS A VOTE FOR CONTINUED GRIDLOCK IN SACRAMENTO.

  • T. F.

    “A VOTE FOR ABRAM WILSON IS A VOTE FOR CONTINUED GRIDLOCK IN SACRAMENTO.”

    …because Joan Buchanan’s done such a great job breaking up the gridlock….?

  • Alex K.

    DanvilleDemocrat:

    I am a democrat and live in the Alamo/Danville area and I strong support Mayor Wilson because he is there to make a change unlike Joan who had her chance and proved nothing. One of my colleagues went to an event that Mayor Wilson attended and they have made over 15,000+ Household visits and calls since June. That is what I called dedication. I will be honest with my democratic party, Joan thinks she can take the easy way out and wait for the Union to support her in September instead of working in a diligent way.

  • John W

    Something happens to these folks when they get to Sacramento. Joan Buchanan was supposed to be a non-partisan, across party lines, pragmatic, nose-to-the-gridstone, school board pres, former businessperson. Instead, she became a hack for the public employee unions and did a mini-Meg spending her own bucks trying to run for Congress. I voted for her.

    As a San Ramon resident, I have great respect for Wilson’s stewardship as mayor. I’m sure he has every intention of being nonpartisan. However, I’m skeptical about what happens once he gets to Sacramento. I was hugely disappointed that he signed away his options by “taking the pledge” (i.e. Club for Growth/Grover Norquist). I’ll vote for him, but I’ll believe the nonpartisan thing when I see it.

  • Common Tater

    The most compelling information I’ve seen is the 312 abstentions Buchanan has logged. Seems she doesn’t want to offend anyone and may end up offending everyone. Our taxes pay for DECISIONS to bre made by our legislators.

    For a list see http://www.wheresjoan.com/

  • Pat the Patriot

    Who cares if he doesn’t mention that he’s a Republican? I thought in America we vote for the candidate and not the party. Let Buchanan and Wilson stand on their records, period.

  • Ron

    I really hope Abram wins, but I am very concern that his position on the abortion issue is very weak. He is a Pro Choice candidate (thus a potential pro-choice lawmaker)regardless of his personal pro-life believe. Even to the point where he may be classified as a “rino”, Republican In Name Only. Moderates will fail in this election. Please review The California Republican Assembly “What We Believe” statement. I hope your not a Demublican. My word for rino.

  • Arne

    #15 Ron – one issue does not define a Republican or a Democrat.

    I was a fiscal conservative in Sacramento who will not allow spending to exceed revenues, period!

  • Ron

    #16 Arne. I agree, one issue does not define a Republican or a Democrat, but it can define WHO you are. Perhaps 14 issues as stated on the website below gets close to the party definition.
    http://www.californiarepublicanassembly.com/content/what-we-believe

    I’m really hoping Abram is elected. The uphill battle is the Sacramento political steamrollers in the Senate and Assembly. Perhaps Meg with Abram’s help has an idea how to beat it!