Races set for June primary election

Officials certify candidates for federal, state and local seats

With the election less than two months away, candidate lists are set for federal, state and local positions to be contested during the June 3 primary.

State election officials last week certified the catalog of hopefuls who qualified for the June ballot in a variety of races in districts that cover Pleasanton, including the U.S. House of Representatives, State Assembly and Alameda County posts.


U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) faces foes from both major political parties in the race to represent the 15th Congressional District, which includes Pleasanton. Swalwell, a 33-year-old former Dublin City Councilman, is seeking his second term in Congress.

Democratic State Sen. Ellen M. Corbett, who lives in Hayward, is running to unseat Swalwell. Corbett, who represents the 10th Senatorial District, is being termed out of the State Senate this year.

Hugh Bussell, a Livermore resident and technology manager/educator, was the lone Republican to file for the 15th Congressional District seat. Bussell is vice chair of the Alameda County Republican Party.

State Assembly

Four people are running to represent Pleasanton and the rest of the 16th district in the California State Assembly. Incumbent Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) has reached her term limit.

Three of the candidates are Democrats from councils within the district: Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, Orinda City Councilman Steve Glazer and Danville Town Councilman Newell Arnerich.

Attorney Catharine Baker is the only Republican in the race. Baker works for the law firm Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel, which has an office in Pleasanton.

The Assembly district also includes the communities of Livermore, San Ramon, Lafayette, Moraga and Walnut Creek.

Alameda County

Several elected county officials are running unopposed in their bids for another term. They include Sheriff-Coroner Gregory J. Ahern, District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley, Treasurer-Tax Collector Donald R. White and Assessor Ron Thomsen.

The most crowded county-wide contest is the one to fill the seat of retiring Superintendent of Schools Sheila Jordan.

Pleasanton school board member Jeff Bowser is one of five candidates for the post. Also running are Naomi Eason (executive director of the nonprofit Building Educated Leaders for Life), San Lorenzo school board member Helen K. Foster, Alameda County associate superintendent Karen Monroe and San Leandro City Councilwoman Ursula Reed.

Two people have filed for the race to become the county's newest auditor-controller/clerk-recorder: business executive Kathleen Knox and chief deputy auditor Steve Manning. Incumbent Patrick O'Connell, who was first elected in 1986, chose not to seek another term this year.

Pleasanton residents will also get to vote for four at-large positions on the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors. The candidates are incumbents John Greci, AJ Machaevich, Sarah Palmer and Bill Stevens, and challengers Alfred A. Exner (a senior financial analyst), Jim McGrail (a vintner and attorney) and Matt Morrison, who did not list a profession.

For more election information, visit the Alameda County Registrar of Voters' Office website.


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Posted by Registered Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 7, 2014 at 9:18 am

In the State 16th Assembly District, Steve Glazer and Tim Sbranti are running for the Democratic nomination. Steve has experience on the Orinda City Council and is a long-time adviser to Jerry Brown, while Tim is the current Mayor of Dublin. Whomever wins the primary will go on to face the Republican challenger in the general election later this year.

Tim Sbranti is aligned with big unions, and is the chair of the Political Action Committee for the California Teachers' Association. (Think about that for a moment - the CTA is large enough and powerful enough to require its own Political Action Committee.) Also, next time you drive on 580, take a look at all the housing sprawl on the north side of Dublin. All this is a result of Mr. Sbranti's policies concerning Dublin. Good for Dublin, bad for Dublin, you decide.

On the other hand, Steve Glazer was one of the very few public figures to openly oppose the BART strike. He's in favor of classifying BART workers the same as police and firefighters - workers that perform an essential public service. BART employees, like police and firefighters, would be able to unionize, and collectively bargain, but not strike. Mr. Glazer has also taken a pledge of independence and urges his colleagues and competitors to do the same.

Whatever your position, go out and vote!

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a resident of Canyon Creek
on Apr 10, 2014 at 10:07 am

I just wanted to post a footnote to this article.
While it is true that a total of six candidate made it to be qualified to be listed on the June 3rd. ballot, that doesn't preclude others from running.
I for one have pulled papers to run as a Write-in candidate. (What is wrong with this picture? Several of my REQUIRED endorsement signatures were deemed "Invalid" to qualify me to be listed on the ballot, but it is perfectly OK, not to require any ID verification to vote.)
I am running because I don't like the candidates both major political parties have endorsed. They both are in favor of Obama care and illegal immigration.
The Dem candidate has voted many times to tax the working class more, passed bills that kill the economy, and authored the "Bathroom" bill.

The Republican candidate has pledged the represent, the people from Vietnam.
Posted by M. Sher, a resident of another community
on Mar 25, 2014 at 12:36 pm

In an open letter to the Vietnamese community presently on his website, the Judge explained why he wants to run for Congress.

"I run for the U.S. Congress... because I believe that the free Vietnamese-Americans and the people of Vietnam should have a voice on the international forum; and at this time, the forum is the U.S. Congress."

The citizens of CoCoCo. have a clear choice in voting for the right candidate, who will best represent their best interest.
If you would like to support my campaign, donate and/or volunteer, please visit my website at:

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