Part of the Bay Area News Group

Sandre Swanson endorses Rob Bonta in AD18

By Josh Richman
Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 10:47 am in 2012 Assembly election, Assembly, Sandre Swanson.

Assemblyman Sandre Swanson has endorsed Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta to succeed him.

Swanson, D-Alameda, picked Bonta over the other candidate, Peralta Community College Trustee Abel Guillen; both candidates are Democrats.

“It has truly been an honor to represent the East Bay in the California State Assembly and I am looking forward to passing the baton to a new leader to represent Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro,” Swanson said in a release. “Over the past several months, I have given serious consideration to the Democratic candidates running to succeed me. I have carefully considered their values, experience and vision for the future. It is now clear to me that Rob Bonta is the best choice for the California State Assembly.”

Swanson noted Bonta last weekend won the state Democratic Party’s endorsement.

Rob Bonta“Rob is an impressive young leader,” Swanson said. “As a husband and father, he fights for better schools and safer streets. As a lawyer, he stood up to Governor Schwarzenegger to stop education cuts. As an Alameda City Council Member, he has balanced budgets, protected public safety and worked to create local jobs.”

Swanson serves on the Assembly Budget Committee and chairs the Labor and Employment Committee, and said he believes Bonta would serve the district well in setting budget priorities, working to create jobs and protecting the middle class. Swanson also cited Bonta’s father’s civil rights background – he stood with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma and was an organizer under Cesar Chavez. And Bonta would be the first Filipino American to serve in California’s Legislature, Swanson noted.

“I am confident Rob will continue the work we started to be a champion for working families and the community,” he said. “We share a strong commitment to protecting the social services safety net for women, children the elderly and the disabled. Rob is an independent thinker who will consistently do what’s best for the East Bay and the people of California.”

Swanson is term-limited out of the Assembly after serving the 16th District for six years; the newly drawn 18th Assembly District, in which Bonta and Guillen are vying, covers a similar area.

Bonta and Guillen finished first and second, respectively, in last month’s primary election, and so advanced to November’s general election under the state’s new “top-two” system despite both being Democrats. Eliminated in the primary were another Democrat, AC Transit Director Joel Young, and Alameda businesswoman Rhonda Weber, a Republican.

[You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.]

  • Elwood

    Apparently, no one gives a rat’s patootie.

  • Rick K.

    Should we care? Sandre Swanson has been a “dim bulb” in the Assembly, unqualified to write and evaluate legislation (like too many of his colleagues in the Legislature). Please go away, back to obscurity. Just say no to machine politicians!

  • RR senile columnist

    To Rickk: Son, you don’t know what a machine looks like if you think AD 18 has one.

  • JohnW

    Re: #2 “…unqualified to write and evaluate legislation (like too many of his colleagues in the Legislature)”

    We don’t need our legislators to be qualified to write legislation. That’s what we have lobbyists for.

    Voters in many states might say the same thing about their legislators. However, We The People of the Republic of California, home of Californian Exceptionalism, as in so many other matters where we deemed ourselves possessed of superior knowledge compared with our lesser beings in other states, came up with the idea of term limits on steroids. So, we end up with freshmen and sophomore legislators holding key leadership and committee positions and legislators being termed out just as soon as they have been there long enough to find the restrooms without using a GPS. If they did that in business or any other walk of life, they would have similar incompetence. Just ask Yahoo.