Campaign roundup: Gov, CA15, SD10, AD16, AD20

NEEL KASHKARIGovernor: Republican candidate Neel Kashkari announced his endorsement Tuesday by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who describes the former Treasury Department official and asset manager as “a bold conservative Republican leader” and “a principled man of action – not someone who simply leads from behind.” Kashkari said he admires Bush “and the tremendous work he did as governor to improve Florida’s schools and transform the lives of millions of kids.” Kashkari will be speaking at the Alameda County GOP’s annual leadership dinner this Friday, May 2 in Pleasanton. Meanwhile, Laguna Hills Mayor Andrew Blount – who’d edged Kashkari in recent polls despite having barely campaigned and raising no money – dropped out of the race Tuesday, citing health problems.

Ellen Corbett15th Congressional District: State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, is holding a garden-party fundraiser this Sunday, May 4 to help bankroll her bid to unseat Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin. Hosted by Winnie and Gerry Thompson of Castro Valley, the event seeks donations ranging from $35 for students or seniors and $50 for individuals up to $2,600 for sponsors. “We’ll be having a lively and exciting discussion about my run for Congress and what I plan to accomplish when elected as the 15 District’s new member of Congress,” Corbett wrote in an email to supporters.

Peter Kuo10th State Senate District: A snafu left Republican candidate Peter Kuo of Santa Clara without an invitation to the League of Women Voters candidate forum held this past Friday in Fremont. Co-president Sam Neeman issued a statement Tuesday saying “the League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark and Union City is sorry for failing to include Peter Kuo,” and “to rectify this oversight, we have invited Mr. Kuo to an interview on May 3rd which will be taped and made available along with the Candidate Forum. We thank Mr. Kuo for generously making himself available for the interview.” Kuo issued a statement saying the League “provides a valuable service to the community, especially at election time. Honest oversights are made by professionals and volunteers alike, and clearly this was just that.” Kuo has fundraisers scheduled for tonight in Sunnyvale with Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, and for next Thursday, May 8 in Fremont with state Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, R-Brea.

Steve Glazer16th Assembly District: Steve Glazer is touting a poll he commissioned that shows him leading the other Democrats in the field. The poll of 350 likely voters, conducted April 18-23 by J. Moore Methods of Sacramento found Glazer, an Orinda councilman and former campaign advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown with 21 percent of the vote, Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti with 17 percent and Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich with 6 percent, while Dublin attorney Catherine Baker – the only Republican in the race – takes 28 percent and 28 percent have no opinion or picked none of the above. But with a margin of error of 5.3 percentage points, this poll shows what most already knew it’s a death match between Glazer and Sbranti to finish with Baker in the top two. Huff is headlining a fundraising luncheon for Baker this Sunday, May 4 in Pleasanton.

20th Assembly District: Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, has his next fundraiser scheduled for the evening of Thursday, May 8 at Hayward’s Acqua e Farina Ristorante, with tickets starting at $100 and ranging up to $8,200 for co-host committee “superstars.”

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.

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    Subtitled “Losers Roundup”

  • Guest

    I think Sbranti’s ties to the teachers union – apparently he is a long time operative for them – is a real negative for his candidacy. I see no way Sbranti can be an independent assemblyman.You can surmise if Sbranti is elected he will be a doormat for powerful Sacramento public employee labor unions. They will set up shop in Sbranti’s assembly office – these labor unions have thousands of highly paid operatives in Sacramento – and start ordering Sbranti around like a flunkie – he’ll get daily marching orders from them . I like this Steve Glazer for the 16th district, he will be an independent voice in Sacramento – he will be labor friendly – but he won’t be a doormat for labor. I think Glazer understands – as does Jerry Brown -we have a lot of other stuff to do in Sacramento, we need to fund higher ed – keep our community colleges fully funded, keep our parks open, keep are roads and infrustructure in good shape etc., etc. Jerry Brown understands this, he’s labor friendly, but nobody rolls Jerry Brown and nobody will roll Steve Glazer. So it doesn’t surprise me Glazer is beating Sbranti in the polls, I think there is a growing awareness Sbranti is a tool of the big Sacramento labor-union-machine, his candidacy – I think – lacks any real legitimacy.

  • Welcome to IBAbuzz.com/politics, “Guest” . . . what ties do you have to Steve Glazer? What you wrote sounds very similar to some tweets I saw from a Glazer supporter….

    This notion that Tim Sbranti is a “union flunkie” really is hilarious. He served as the volunteer chairman of a state political action committee — in other words, CTA had a real classroom teacher (not some lobbyist or paid consultant) lead the decisions they made on public policy issues. And, when Tim decided to run for assembly, he stepped down to avoid a conflict of interest. Seems much more “independent” than Steve Glazer’s phony pledge, which he’s violated by not answering questions for ANY questionnaires.

    Also, one of Sbranti’s biggest stands AGAINST labor was his decision to back Eric Swalwell over Pete Stark in 2012 . . . sure, you can argue that how could Sbranti not back a fellow councilman and former student? But the reality is that clearly Sbranti’s clearly unafraid to take a stand that may not be popular.

  • Marga

    Given that you brought up Swalwell, how about Mary Hayashi?

    If I well recall, when everyone else realized that Hayashi was poisoned, CTA very shamefully thought about how she was willing to play their tune and supported her in her ran for Supervisor. Did Sbranti? Does he now? If he didn’t and he supported Valle in ’12 and Weickowski now, then I’d say that he can be independent. But otherwise, you know he’s just a proxy for the union.

    That said, is it worse to have SEIU camped out in your office, or have your office at SEIU?

  • Willis James

    Well, the subject title above includes SD10, so I guess this can be included in case anyone missed it.

    A simply amazing interview of Mary Hayashi by the SF Chronicle


    At 3:40 —> she denies shoplifting $2,500 worth of goods

    Then goes on to say, “I made a mistake of inadvertently being outside of the store”

    Oh please Mary, do more interviews. Priceless.

  • JohnW

    Anybody else receive the Contra Costa County Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet? It’s in a new booklet format. Not very user-friendly in my opinion. Some of the pages were still stitched together. Had to rip them apart. Also, I think they may have screwed the Republican candidates, not that I mind. There is a page that lists the candidates that have been endorsed by the various parties — Peace and Freedom, American Independent and Democratic. No Republicans listed. Did the Republicans not endorse any of the congressional, statewide, or Assembly candidates that will be on Contra Costa ballots?

  • Elwood

    The thing I liked best about it was that it was twice the size it needed to be because everything was printed in both English and Spanish.

  • JohnW

    Buen punto!