CA11: Alameda’s Tony Daysog is considering a run

Alameda Councilman Tony Daysog says he’s considering a run for the 11th Congressional District seat from which Rep. George Miller will retire at this year’s end.

And here I thought state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier – already endorsed by Miller and about a half-dozen other Democrats who might’ve sought the seat – was being over-cautious by rolling out another endorsement almost every day. (Well, maybe that’s still true.)

Tony DaysogDaysog, 48, of Alameda, said in an email Friday afternoon that he had just taken out papers to file for candidacy, and is exploring the possibility of a run.

“In the days leading up to the March 7th filing deadline, I will talk with Contra Costa County residents of the 11th Congressional [District] to gauge responses to an out-of-district person such as myself running for this important office,” he wrote.

Daysog, an urban planner, was an Alameda councilman from 1996 through 2006; placed last in a field of four in the June 2006 Democratic primary for what was then the 16th Assembly District seat; ran unsuccessfully for the Alameda mayor’s office in 2010; and was re-elected to the city council in 2012.

Daysog’s website says his priorities are securing individual freedoms by safeguarding individual rights from high-tech snooping; protecting small investors, including owners of 401(k) retirement accounts; protecting abortion choice; making college affordable without massive debt; and supporting small business owners to create jobs while supporting workers to pursue life-long learning.

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.

  • Marga

    As long as you are running a loosing race, in a district not your own, why not do it against someone who really needs to be taken down? Like Nancy Pelosi, for example? Not that Daysog would be an improvement 🙂

  • Tony Daysog

    Duly noted, Marga! : )

  • Marga

    As long as you are replying, would you care to explain why would you even consider running for Congress well outside your district, against a State senator, who has the blessing of the Democratic establishment and lots of financial resources, and whose basic political philosophical does not seem to be different from your own? I’m all for protest campaigns – e.g., how Ro Khanna ran against Lantos to protest the latter’s vote in favor of the Patriot Act and the two wars. But that’s not what you are doing. Even our perennial candidate, the late Republican Party Nominee to the State Senate Lou Filipovich, had a reason to run, even if he wasn’t the best at articulating it.

    You barely got elected to the Alameda City Council – with barely 18% of the vote. If you can’t even build a base in your own district, what makes you think you could possibly even have a chance elsewhere?

    And if this is just a gimmick campaign announcement, what’s the point?

  • JohnW

    Maybe the Google barge could tow the island up to Richmond. Then Tony would be in the district.

  • Elwood

    They would need to take care that the island didn’t capsize.

  • JohnW

    Indeed! That could sink his campaign before it was ever afloat.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Would he accept postage stamps as a contribution? I have a few extra lying around that I wouldn’t miss.

  • @tony_daysog:disqus , we don’t want you to come run in #CA11. Wait for Congresswoman Barbara Lee to retire, or something.


    Contra Costa County

  • Jake Stein

    Thanks, but no thanks. A real turn off. Besides, how can any Dem be on the individual freedom and choice bandwagon after we just got Obamacare rammed down our throats and many of us have to pay doubled insurance premiums.

  • JohnW

    Sorry about the thing rammed down your throat. If you go to an ER, they can probably fix that. Most of the tales about people losing the policy they had or about their premium skyrocketing have been either bogus, misleading or exaggerated when they were checked out. Not saying that’s true in all cases or that there aren’t things about Obamacare that need to be fixed, but I’m not buying the “many of us have to pay doubled insurance premiums” bit.