Pleasanton mayor plans congressional bid

Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman

Four-term Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman hopes to succeed Congressman Pete Stark, D-Fremont, when he retires, perhaps as early as this year but more likely in 2014.

Hosterman, a Democrat, has a state campaign account on record with California as a candidate for Assembly District 18 but she is not running for that seat. Per state law, as a soon-to-be-termed-out elected official, she had to park her campaign money elsewhere by the end of July and she lived in AD18 at the time.

She no longer lives in Assembly District 18, which was redrawn in mid-August as part of the state’s once-a-decade redistricting process. Intead, she lives in the new Assembly District 16 and would have to challenge incumbent Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan.

“Because I am termed out in 2012, prior to the end of last year, in accordance with FPPC, I had to park my campaign funds somewhere,” Hosterman wrote me in an email. “At the time, a state Assembly seat made sense, and at that time, I lived in the 18th!”

Since then, Hosterman says she spoke with Stark, who represents the newly drawn 15th Congressional District.

“However, after speaking with Congressman Stark, I am going to mount a campaign for his seat (in) 2014,” she wrote. “In the meantime, I’m going to work hard on his behalf to keep him in office until he decides to step down. If that’s 2012, I’ll be read to run, and if he decides he feels up to the fight on behalf of the people of his new congressional district, then I’ll be there for him, in a supporting role. ”

This is very interesting.

Stark announced in August he will seek re-election in 2012 and already has one opponent, Democratic Dublin Councilman and Alameda County prosecutor Eric Swalwell.

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  • Truthclubber

    Look for Joan Buchanan to move a few miles south into the new 15th CD, right after her third and final Assembly election in November of 2012, so that she can join the foodfight shaping up among the East Bay lady’s club (Corbett, Hosterman, Hayashi) as the heir apparent to “Stark raving Pete” in Congress.

    This is the real reason Swalwell is running now — he sees the female tsunami coming at that seat in 2014 and wants to “jump the shark” before he gets swept out to sea…

  • rew

    I don’t understand why Stark would want to stay one more term, Republicans control the house, now is time to get out. As a minority party member Stark has minimal influence, his only option is to wait for voters to kick out these creep Republicans, but that doesn’t seem likely this next election cycle. This lady looks like a great candidate, she’d really work as candidate. Stark just doesn’t want to leave, that’s my read. Stark has done good job – he’s pro labor, a solid bay area Democrat , but now is the time to get out and pass baton to younger generation.

  • John W

    Stark wants to be dragged out feet first, kind of like Strom Thurmond and Robert Byrd.

  • DanvilleDemocrat

    Pretty sure Joan Buchanan would rather tee herself up to replace Tom Torlakson as Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2018 . . . that means state senate in 2014, not Congress.

    That said, between the mayor of Pleasanton and Ellen Corbett assuming Pete Stark will hang up his spurs in 2014, looking more and more like Eric Swalwell could take this thing.

  • John W

    Re: #4

    The part about Joan Buchanan makes sense. As far as I’m concerned, she can replace Torlakson yesterday.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Translation of ms Hosterman’s statement: The old fogey, who is proud he doesn’t smell bad yet, insists on standing in my way. Well, Stark has the status of an old redwood and the party won’t help me chop him down. I’ll bide my time.

  • John W

    Mr. Stark won’t be getting my vote. I won’t vote for a Republican opponent, but I’ll abstain rather than vote for Stark if he is the only one running.