CD10: Sept. 1 election nuts and bolts

The Contra County elections office put out this important notice about the Sept. 1 special election:

All polling places for the September 1, 2009 10th Congressional Special Primary Election will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.  Voters are encouraged to pre-mark their choices in their sample ballot and to take it with them to use as a reference when going to the polls.  To avoid lines, voters are advised to vote mid-morning or mid-afternoon.

Polling place locations and directional maps are available on the Contra Costa County Election’s Office web site at:  www.cocovote.us.  Information regarding the voter’s sample ballot and information about candidates is also available at www.cocovote.us.

City Clerks have volunteered to assist voters who may need the location of their polling place.  They will be available for assistance on Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, Election Day, September 1.  If voters are unsure of where they need to go to vote, they may contact any of the following agencies until the polls close at 8:00 p.m.  Some cities will be available for abbreviated time periods as stated below.

County Elections Office                                    (925) 335-7800

City of Antioch                                     (925) 779-7009

City of Brentwood                                            (925) 516-5400

City of Clayton                                     (925) 673-7300

City of Concord                                               (925) 671-3430

Town of Danville                                              (925) 314-3401

City of El Cerrito                                              (510) 215-4305     8/31 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., 9/1 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

City of Lafayette                                               (925) 284-1968

Town of Moraga                                              (925) 888-7022

City of Oakley                                                  (925) 625-7000     8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days

City of Orinda                                                  (925) 253-4221     8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days

City of Pittsburg                                                (925) 252-4850

City of Pleasant Hill                                          (925) 671-5270

City of Richmond                                              (510) 620-6513

City of San Ramon                                           (925) 973-2539

City of Walnut Creek                                        (925) 943-5818

Local election results will be available election night beginning at 8:00 p.m. on the Contra Costa County Elections Office web site at www.cocovote.us and on Contra Costa Television (CCTV) beginning at 9:00 p.m. on Comcast channel 27, Astound channel 32 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99.  District wide results will be available on the Secretary of State’s website at http://vote.ss.ca.gov.


CD10: DeSaulnier releases first TV ad of campaign

Democrat state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier has released the first television ad of the 10th Congressional District campaign. (Watch below.)

The warm and fuzzy ad focuses on health care. DeSaulnier promises to work with President Obama to make health insurance affordable and accessible to everyone and lower costs to small businesses.

DeSaulnier campaign manager Katie Merrill says the ad will start running on cable throughout District 10 starting tomorrow.

She described the cost of the buy as “robust.” We’ll have to wait until the next Federal Election Commission filing date to learn the precise dollar amount.

Read more for the DeSaulnier press release and a text of the ad.

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Contra Costa GOP leaders call for love and harmony

Look, I’m all for optimism although I rarely indulge in it myself.

But a joint memo (see below) sent to the Contra Costa Republican Central Committee signed by state GOP Vice Chairman Tom Del Beccaro of Lafayette, Contra Costa Supervisor Mary Piepho of Discovery Bay and former Assemblywoman Lynne Leach seems to defy reality.

By way of background, the Contra Costa Republican Party Central Committee has been mired for months in disputes over leadership and finances. I won’t bore you with the details because, frankly, no one outside the small circle of political party politics really cares about the inner-workings of these things. They are common in volunteer organizations of all kinds and they usually work themselves out one way or the other.

But the memo appears to be an effort to tamp down some of the hard feelings and inspire a lovely chorus of  Kumbaya, peace and love.

That’s fine and good. But really. To suggest that a return to harmony will allow the Republicans to take back the 10th Congressional District on Sept. 1 is to jump off a skyscraper and declare that you don’t believe in gravity.

This is not a reflection on the worthiness of the Republican Party or its candidates. This is reality.

The Democrats have several high-profile candidates with money and an 18 percentage point registration lead.  Republicans have, so far, a few willing but utterly unknown candidates and a national party highly unlikely to invest in a district with such a huge registration gap.

And the special primary election is in a mere 7 1/2 weeks, insufficient time for the minority party to close such a large margin.

But hey, lightning could strike and I could find myself perched on the edge of that skyscraper desperately hoping that gravity is a myth, too. We’ll find out soon enough.

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