Lois Wolk hopes to represent Contra Costa cities

State Senator Lois Wolk, D-Davis, confirmed today that she’ll seek a second four-year term in the newly drawn 3rd State Senate District, including much of her current 5th District in Yolo and Solano Counties but grabbing Napa County, parts of Sonoma and several Contra Costa County communities.

She issued a news release applauding the California Citizens Redistricting Commission’s work, and saying it “correctly recognized these counties and cities have a great deal in common. It may not be perfect, but it makes sense. The new 3rd District is a natural fit with the communities I currently represent and the issues that have been my primary focus while in the Legislature. I would be honored to represent every one of these constituents, new and old.”

Wolk gains the Contra Costa County communities of Crockett, Port Costa, Martinez, and Pleasant Hill; they used to be part of the 7th State Senate District, now represented by state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord.

“The only downside of the new plan is that I will no longer get to represent San Joaquin County, including the City of Stockton, where I have worked hard to build partnerships with local elected officials and constituents,” she said. “Those constituents can rest assured I will continue to represent them vigorously until they elect my replacement, who I hope will be Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani, who has declared her intentions to seek the seat.”

“I will also make efforts to get to know the new communities, meet everyone I can and listen to their issues,” Wolk said.

Wolk also announced early endorsements from Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez; Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena; and state Senator Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa.

“It’s been my privilege to work with Senator Lois Wolk on Delta and statewide water issues,” Miller said in Wolk’s release. “I know when the people of northern Contra Costa County get to know Lois, they will join me in supporting her to represent us in the State Senate.”

Wolk won her current 5th District seat in 2008 by defeating Republican nominee Greg Aghazarian, 65 percent to 35 percent; she now chairs the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. Earlier, she represented the 8th Assembly District from 2002 to 2008.

I don’t see that any other person living within the bounds of the new 3rd District has filed a statement of intention to seek the seat next year, but of course, that could change.

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.

  • Rick K.

    Expect Sen. Wolk to run for Congress sometime over the next decade. If current trends continue, Congressman John Garamendi may be defeated in the new 3rd congressional district, possibly by Colusa County Supervisor Vann. Garamendi is too much of a captive of narrow Democratic special interests to take that “independent” oriented seat. He has been in politics for far too long with so few tangible results. His many years in statewide office have made him out of touch to handle district-oriented constituent service. Most of his current constituents have learned that he doesn’t give a darn about them — he’s too busy posturing in front of TV cameras and servicing his out-of-district campaign donors, especially a bunch of statewide labor union bosses (such as the UFCW clowns). He’s a policy dilettante, claiming to be a “health care expert” or “natural resources expert” depending upon the cable TV interview, but true policy wonks know that he is merely “one centimeter deep” (just cliches and soundbites). About the only “private sector” job he’s ever held was a shady “all title but no real work” position for notorious Democratic fat cat donor Ron Burkle’s business empire. Plus Garamendi is an arrogant, carpet-bagging buffoon. After Garamendi is ousted from Congress, Wolk likely would challenge the Republican winner in 2016.

  • bill

    Garamendi defeated by someone in Colusa? Not likely – look at his district…does it go anywhere near Colusa? How to you figure?

    You obviously dislike him, but he seems to have a Demo dist, even after reapportionment.

  • Rick K.

    Re: #2
    Bill, look at the map of California’s new Third Congressional District here
    It includes all of Colusa County. Independents and independent-minded Democrats in this district will have no tolerance for “Live Shot Garamendi” and his special interest-driven agenda. U.C. Davis students and faculty will wonder how John Garamendi Jr. got a $216,000 a year administrative job with the U.C. while they cope with staff cutbacks and fee increases (the Garamendi surname was purely coincidental to the son getting this high-level U.C. post, of course). Both Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party members will wonder what Garamendi Sr. actually did from 1998-2001 as the Washington, D.C. partner for Yucaipa Cos. (a cushy, well-paid job given to Garamendi by Democratic megadonor/sugar daddy Ron Burkle), including its relationship with Garamendi’s 1991 insurance commissioner scandal. An arrogant, out-of-touch member of the “political class” that showers benefits on blood relatives and cronies, “Live Shot Garamendi” deserves to be ousted from Congress in 2012.