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What You Need to Know About the Special Election in Senate District 7

Steve Glazer & Family

Steve Glazer & Family

About 9 months ago, the race for State Senate in District 7 seemed boring. Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla would face term-limited Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan. Each Democrat woman would garner predictable endorsements from labor unions as well as regional officeholders. It would be a horse race between two well established Democrat women, both of whom are friendly with organized labor.

Then came fall and the inevitable election of Mark DeSaulnier to Congress, forcing a special election. Mark Meuser, a Republican who ran against DeSaulnier in 2012, entertained the thought of running and formed a campaign committee.

Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan

Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan

GOP Leadership expressed interest in 3 County Officials: Costa DA Mark Peterson and Contra Costa Supervisors Candace Andersen and Mary Piepho. All three have credibility with voters and have won previous races with respectable margins. Piepho and Peterson faced no opposition in their last race. Read the rest here.

Note: A few days after this writing, the Contra Costa Times endorsed Steve Glazer, remarking on his independence as well as the credibility of Joan Buchanan. Their assessment was spot on and worth reading. View it here.

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla