Lockyers hosting Assembly fundraiser tonight

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer and his wife, Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer, are hosting a fundraiser tonight for Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, with some other Assembly candidates on the guest list as well.

Tickets to the wine reception at Wieckowski’s home start at $50 with sponsorships ranging up to $3,900, the maximum personal contribution to a legislative committee allowed by law.

Wieckowski, a freshman and former Fremont City Councilman, won the 20th District seat in November with 73 percent of the vote to Republican nominee Adnan Shahab’s 27 percent; Shahab has formed a committee to run again in 2012.

It won’t be nearly the same race, however. A first-draft map issued recently by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission shows the district in which both Wieckowski and Shahab reside would be markedly different from the 20th District’s existing lines.

Bill Lockyer’s fundraising prowess is legendary. His own Lockyer for Treasurer 2010 committee finished 2010 with just under $3 million in the bank, after both repelling a challenge from Republican nominee Mimi Walters and giving his wife’s supervisorial campaign more than $1.5 million. He has formed a committee to run for state controller in 2014.

Among those scheduled to attend tonight’s event, according to Facebook, is Peralta Community College District Trustee Abel Guillen of Oakland, who has formed his own committee to run for Assembly next year. Guillen lives in the 16th Assembly District, where Sandre Swanson will be term-limited out.

Also scheduled to attend tonight is Dr. Jennifer Ong, a Hayward optometrist who has formed a committee to run next year in the 18th Assembly District, where Mary Hayashi is term-limited out.

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

    “He has formed a committee to run for state controller in 2014.”

    And the dimmiecrats’ game of musical chairs continues!

  • Joe M.

    Lockyer running for State Controller? What experience does that man have with auditing and other duties of the controllership? Come to think of it, how is Lockyer qualified to be treasurer right now? Is our state so devoid of professional talent that we must fill these positions with interchangeable politicians? At least, thanks to Steve Poizner, we were spared from having Cruz Bustamante serve as Insurance Commissioner on his ridiculous “I was so fat” campaign platform. As for Sandre Swanson, let’s hope that unless useless political machine cog has exhausted his 15 minutes of political fame. Like most of the clowns now in Sacramento, he should just go away.

  • Ted Lawrence

    Lockyer could have made a mint as a lobbyist if he were so inclined. Instead he has devoted himself to public service and that deserves respect.

  • John W

    Re: #2

    Not to worry about qualifications. I think there is a “State Controlling for Dummies” book he can get from Amazon. If he runs for that job, he’ll be 73. We Dems in CA need some young talent. Looking a bit clogged in the arteries between our two U.S. Senators, the governor and Lockyer.

  • For Liberty

    Re: #2 & #4

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle