Buchanan kicks off her campaign for 10th congressional district seat

Pledges to 'create jobs and improve the country's economy'

State Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, whose 15th District includes a part of Pleasanton, kicked-off her campaign for Congress on Sunday, holding a rally in her new 10th Congressional District campaign office and online in a YouTube video that is featured prominently in her revamped website at

Online and offline, Buchanan pledged to put her financial expertise to work to create jobs and improve the country's economy.

"People across this state and nation can't wait any longer for solutions to our economic crisis," Buchanan told supporters. "I'm running for Congress because I'm as impatient as the rest of California when it comes to fixing our economy, and creating new jobs for today and for the future."

Buchanan is running in a special election for the 10th Congressional District seat being vacated by current U.S. Representative Ellen Tauscher. Tauscher has been appointed to become undersecretary for arms control and international security in the State Department.

Buchanan said she honed her financial skills as a top female executive during her time at Delta Dental and put those skills to work again as president of the San Ramon Valley School District to close a nearly $7 million deficit and turn the district into one of California's top school systems.

"In Congress, I pledge to invest responsibly in our country again by creating world class educational institutions so our kids can compete in a global economy," Buchanan said.

She said that congress should also pass comprehensive health care coverage, "not only because health care should be a right of every American (but also) because it is the right thing to do to make sure America's workers are able to compete with the rest of the world."

The daughter of a waitress and bartender, Buchanan helped count the pennies, dimes and quarters of her mom's waitressing tips so that they could eventually afford the down payment on their home. Similarly, she said, with sacrifice, hard work, and investment in people, America will get back on track.

"I think with adversity and challenges also come opportunities, and it is up to us to identify those opportunities, and move forward," said Buchanan in a video on entitled "A Practical Problem Solver" which is also posted at

With almost 100 supporters out in force, Buchanan pledged to work with President Obama to continue cleaning up the mess that was left in Washington and set our nation on a much stronger course.

"Let's go to work today, and I'll do all I can to see that the country is even stronger for your kids .and mine," she said.

Joan Buchanan's campaign office is located at 2085 N. Broadway in Walnut Creek and has volunteer hours every day. Those interested in helping in her campaign should contact Morgan Callahan at Joan Buchanan for Congress, Tele: (617) 448-4289 or by email at

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Posted by Another one
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 14, 2009 at 8:53 am

How about she focus on the oversight of the wasteful spending by our State and Federal goverments. Just another one looking to put more and more rules on doing business.

I feel sorry for corporations (yes I know some are bad)but the most are decent companies. With all these new laws and regulatons / taxes you will see more moving there headquarters to other countries.

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Posted by Julie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2009 at 9:22 am

Just another part of the problem rather than part of the solution. Tax and spend that is what she is all about regardless of what she says. What has she accomplished in life?

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Posted by Taking her cue
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2009 at 9:45 am

The man that holds the highest office in our land did just like Buchanan is doing...using a platform to run for another. Is that how we want those elected officials to behave?

The platform you are elected to is a place to serve the people that elected you. If you won't use the platform for that purpose, then you really should step down. It is not for personal use.

I may disagree with Joan's politics here, but more importantly is I disagree with how she is pursuing her personal ambitions.

Step down and run is the best solution for all of us. Where is your integrity?

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Posted by Fact Check
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2009 at 7:41 pm

I must have missed it when McCain stepped down to run against Obama. How about Sarah P.? Or does this rule only apply to Dems?

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Posted by Taking her cue
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Fact Check,

I believe Obama was in his office for less than a year when he started running for pres.

Also a fact that he was in the Illinois state leg. for minutes before he ran for US Congress.

There is a difference in serving your term (Palin and McCain, citing your examples) and completing them verses playing hop scotch!

How long has Joan been in Office? How long was McCain?

Oh, that's right...

There's your facts, all checked! :)

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Posted by Rush
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 15, 2009 at 6:00 am

You left off the most important fact - you lost. Get over it.

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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Jun 15, 2009 at 10:45 am

I do not kike the idea that Buchanan is running for another office so soon. If she wins, then how will they replace her and how much is that going to cost the taxpayers.

Regarding President Obama's term in US Senate, from "Obama has been in the U.S. Senate since January 2005"

Regarding his tenure in the Illinois legislature, I cannot speak to that but it's the Illinois citizens that determine his worthiness of being elected to any office, regardless if state or federal. For California and Buchanan, I am not happy she is running and would consider voting against given a worthy opponent.

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Posted by George
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jun 15, 2009 at 2:23 pm


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Posted by Gary Clift
a resident of another community
on Jun 30, 2009 at 4:36 pm

The California Political Bubble continues.
How can candidates Garamendi and DeSaulnier consider running for the US Congress, CA District 10? Our State Government is broken and in the process of shutting down, these two men are no small part of the problem yet they think voters will send them to Washington. This is what happens to career politicians; they get surrounded by a bubble and lose touch with the people they represent. I can't imagine anybody seriously thinking that these two individuals have done a good job. They represent exactly what is wrong with the State of California. It would be different if these candidates had exercised a leadership role in resolving California's budget crisis. Instead where are they? Running for a Federal office. Whatever happened to public servants sacrificing and working hard to get a difficult the job done? Their only priority is to get reelected. I hope that you will visit Web Link to see the many MUCH more qualified candidates seeking this position.

-Gary Clift

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