Garrett Yee’s kick off for Assembly

It was a star-studded gathering at the Washington Township Veterans Building Monday. How often do you get the mother of an Olympic gold medal figure skater and a world champion foosball player in the same building? Well it happened. One minute I staring awkwardly at Carole Yamaguchi, the next I was greeted by Adrian Zamora, The Tri-Cities foosball king. Zamora said Yee beat him in Middle School.

The veterans hall was filled for Yee, who will face Fremont City Councilmember Bob Wieckowski in the Democratic Primary for Assembly next year. I won’t estimate how many people were there; the folks working the front table wouldn’t give me a tally of how many had signed in.

Lots of politicos in attendance: John Dutra, Dominic Dutra, Sue Chan, Al Huezo, Steve Cho, Ivy Wu, Lily Mei and Bernie Stewart to name a few.

The only double dipper was Washington Hospital Trustee Pat Danielson. I’m pretty sure I also saw at Wieckowski’s kick-off last month.

The vegetarian pickings were slim. I was stuck with with broccoli and dip, and chips and salsa.

The only developer I recognized, beside the Dutras, was Jim Tong of the failed Double Wood golf course and Centerville projects.

Yee said Dutra had been urging him to run for years. More on this race in 2010.

Matt Artz