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Alameda Vice Mayor announces Assembly run

Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta today formally announced he’ll be a candidate for the 16th Assembly District seat in 2012.

Rob Bonta“I am running for Assembly because the world’s eighth largest economy is capable of better safeguarding its local schools,” the Democrat said in his news release. “Together, we are capable of keeping more cops and firefighters on the job.

“I am running for Assembly because good times or bad, California’s seniors, the disabled and those in need of healthcare deserve basic levels of protections. We can do all of this while creating jobs and maintaining a solid climate for economic growth.”

Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, D-Alameda, is term-limited out next year. Redistricting is still in progress, but Bonta believes Alameda is likely to remain entirely in the district.

Bonta has been Vice Mayor since last year and is a former Alameda Hospital Board member; he works as a San Francisco deputy city attorney. He and his wife, Mia, have three children.

He listed among his early supporters Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Franisco, and Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-Cupertino; Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore; Alameda City Council Members Beverly Johnson and Lena Tam; and various Alameda school board and hospital board members.

Bonta’s release came by way of strategist Mark Capitolo of the Sacramento-based political and public affairs firm Duffy & Captiolo. He has considerable campaign experience both with his own firm and from his days at the San Francisco powerhouse of Barnes Mosher Whitehurst Lauter & Partners; earlier, he was former state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata’s communications director.

Others who have filed statements of intent to run for the 16th Assembly District seat include Peralta Community College District Trustee Abel Guillen; Democratic county committeewoman and longtime politico Kathy Neal; and AC Transit Board Director-at-Large Joel Young, all Democrats. As of February, the district’s voters were registered 63.8 percent Democrat; 9.5 percent Republican; and 20.7 percent decline-to-state.

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

    Reminds me of the brief career and meteoric rise of Supervisor Karen Mitchoff.