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Baker wins Assembly race over Sbranti

Latest count gives her 51.7% lead over Sbranti's 48.3% in 16th District race

Republican Catharine Baker, a Pleasanton attorney, has been elected 16th District State Assemblywoman, serving a wide area of the East Bay that includes Pleasanton and Dublin, where she lives.

Although more than 10,000 votes still need to be counted, returns counted this weekend show that Baker received 66,867, or 51.7% of votes cast in the 16th State Assembly District election, against 62,526, or 48.3% for her opponent, Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, a Democrat.

Baker's election means that Assembly Democrats have lost their supermajority in the Assembly, with Republicans picking up the 27 seats needed in the 80-member Assembly..

Her success follows other election victories that also took away a Democratic supermajority in the 40-member state Senate.

"I would like to say a big thank you to the voters of Assembly District 16 for a victory in this race," Baker said. "By focusing on issues over partisanship and working together to connect with the community, we did it!"

Baker added:

"There is much work to be done, from improving our children's education, growing our economy, investing in our infrastructure, and getting California fiscally stable. I can't wait to get started.

"I will need your help, and all along the way I welcome your feedback on the issues affecting our community regardless of party affiliation or background. I will work hard in Sacramento every single day to earn the honor of representing you and our community.

"For now, my family and I thank you. This has been a rigorous campaign, and I could not have done this without your support."

In addition to Baker, Ling-Ling Chang (55th) and Young Kim (65th) were also elected for the first time. That gives the Assembly Republican Caucus eight women members in the upcoming session, making women almost 30% of that caucus.

Kim is the first Korean-American Republican woman to be elected to the State Assembly. Chang is the first Taiwanese-American Republican woman to be elected to the State Assembly.

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7 people like this
Posted by Charlie Browm
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 10, 2014 at 8:22 am

Praise the Lord, the Democrats no longer have the Assembly by the neck!


6 people like this
Posted by Barb & Andy
a resident of Country Fair
on Nov 10, 2014 at 8:27 am

Woo Hoo! Congrats Ms. Baker and for having the courage and will to stand up to the Sbranti machine and the most powerful, corrupt and entrenched teachers union in the country. You've undoubtedly painted a big target on your back and hopefully you'll have developed a thick skin and be prepared for an endless barrage of personal and ethical accusations as you enter into the political foray.


6 people like this
Posted by Bug Splat
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2014 at 8:39 am

Tim Sbranti continues to claim that he was Eric Swalwell's mentor. One wonders if he will now try to put the touch on Swalwell to give him a job on Swalwell's staff. Or, if he will now try to get a full-pay executive position with the teacher's union. Or, if he will continue as a "teacher" that rarely shows up for work.


6 people like this
Posted by Barbara Costello
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 10, 2014 at 9:34 am

Congratulations Assemblywoman Baker! So good to know that a Republican can still win in California! You have my support.


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Posted by Confused
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 10, 2014 at 9:51 am

DEM - Tim Sbranti 27013 51.83
REP - Catharine Baker 25107 48.17

Unofficial election results updated Nov 9 at 5pm. Web Link Where are the results that show Baker in the lead?


2 people like this
Posted by Bob
a resident of another community
on Nov 10, 2014 at 10:41 am

@Confused, It was a 2 county race. The results you show are from Alameda County only. Baker had a larger margin in Contrast Costa than Sbranti had in Alameda.


Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood

on Nov 10, 2014 at 11:31 am

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Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood

on Nov 10, 2014 at 11:33 am

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3 people like this
Posted by Taxpayer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Dear Confused,
At 3:00 today (Mon) the only 'official' site for tracking this 16th "DISTRICT" race is the Ca Secy of State site. At this time, the count is Repub Baker leading 67,706, 51.6%; vs Dem Sbranti losing 63,602, 48.4%. Difference 4,104. Sbranti has not been ahead in the district. You are not alone Confused, others have been confused, thinking Sbranti was close. Baker has always had a 3.+% lead, currently 3.2% lead, several times it was 3.8, 3.6, etc. Most of Alameda County is not in the 16th district.


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Posted by Phil Ashburn
a resident of Val Vista
on Nov 10, 2014 at 7:50 pm

She bought herself a good district.


10 people like this
Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 10, 2014 at 7:55 pm

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

Phil, she really must have paid quite a bit to beat the union thugs with deep pockets. Good for her.....good for all of us who don't follow in lockstep with the socialist unions.


9 people like this
Posted by Taxpayer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2014 at 11:24 pm

The 'people' won.


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Posted by Cosmic-Charlie
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:43 am

Cosmic-Charlie is a registered user.

Headline is a bit miss-leading. As of this a.m. only 4000 votes separate the contenders Web Link

Check it daily, as counting continues...


3 people like this
Posted by Taxpayer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2014 at 9:55 am

Cosmic, did you read my comment to 'Confused', several comments back. Tally changes in tiny increments daily...results haven't changed since election night.


6 people like this
Posted by James Hoffa
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 11, 2014 at 6:28 pm

The union didn't stuff enough ballots?


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