More than 100 well-wishers turned out Thursday night for a campaign kickoff rally for Fremont City Councilman Bob Wieckowski to launch his bid for the Democratic Party nomination for the 20th District State Assembly.
Wieckowski is seeking to succeed Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico (D-20th) who will be termed out in November 2010. The 20th District includes about 40 percent of Pleasanton in an area east and southeast of downtown.
Wieckowski, a bankruptcy attorney, told supporters that he is well prepared professionally to take on the state's financial difficulties.
"I meet with people every day to help them get through their personal crises with the main objective to save their homes," Wieckowski said. "I'll tell someone that he needs to get a second job to earn another $400 to make the mortgage payment so that the family can stay in their home. But even when they're deeply in debt and can't make it, I work with them to see a brighter future once their problems are solved."
Wieckowski said that as serious as the state's problems are, these, too, can be solved and the state also can have a bright future.
"Right now, people are depressed over the economy and all," he said. "We need to turn this around, lift their spirits and move forward. I can do that."
Pleasanton Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio, a Fremont high school teacher, State Senator Ellen Corbett (D-10th), former State Senator Liz Figueroa, Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman and others from Fremont and other south Alameda County communities joined Wieckowski at the rally, held at the Olive Hyde Guild in the Mission San Jose section of Fremont.