First-term Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) easily defeated Republican challenger Dean Andal of Stockton Tuesday to win a second two-year term as the U.S. Representative from the 11th Congressional District.
The district, which includes all but a small section of Pleasanton's northwest side that lies in the 13th Congressional District, straddles the East Bay and portions of the Central Valley.
With 97 percent of precincts reporting, McNerney won with 55 percent of the vote to Andal's 45 percent. In Alameda County, McNerney did even better, winning 65 percent of the vote—or 20,880 votes-- against Andal's 35 percent, or 11,399 votes.
Two years ago, McNerney pulled off an upset, ousting powerful Republican incumbent Richard Pombo.
In the hotly contested 15th State Assembly District, which includes Pleasanton's northeast side, Alamo resident Democrat Joan Buchanan won the seat with 52.9 percent of the votes cast over Republican Abram Wilson, who is mayor of San Ramon.
Buchanan's victory dashed the GOP's last hope of retaining a partisan office in the Bay Area, with business interests spending heavily to save the seat being vacated by termed-out, three-term Assemblyman Guy Houston.
In the 18th State Assembly District, which includes much of Pleasanton's north and west sides, Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Castro Valley) received more than 77 percent of the votes cast over her Republican opponent Lou Filipovich.
In the 20th district, State Assemblyman Alberto Torrico (D-Newark) was re-elected to his third—and final—two-year term, receiving 72 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Jeffrey Wald.
Also winning in Tuesday's election:
• Measure WW – This is East Bay Park District's $500 million bond issue. With 71.7 percent of the votes cast favoring the measure, more than the two-thirds needed to pass, Measure WW will finance $500 million in bonds over two decades by extending a property tax of up to $10 per $100,000 in assessed valuation.
• Judge for Alameda County Superior Court – Dennis Hayashi received 222,457 votes, or 61.36 percent of the total votes cast, or defeat Phil Daly, who received 136,806 votes, or 37.74 percent.
• Dublin mayor – Dublin Councilman Tim Sbranti won the mayor's post handily with 9,424 votes, or 84.49 percent of those cast, to succeed Mayor Janet Lockhart, who is termed out this year. Sbranti's opponents were Elizabeth (Liz) King, who received 9.48 percent of the votes, and Shawn Costello, with 5.73 percent.
With 803,009 registered voters in Alameda County, a total of 448,597, or 55.86 percent, cast ballots in Tuesday's election, according to County Registrar Dave Macdonald.
Of these, 267,954, or 33.37 percent, cast their ballots at polling places around the county. Another 180,643 voters, or 22.5 percent, submitted absentee ballots.