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Glazer finishes Election Night on top

Margin of 10,200+ ballots with voter turnout at 23.1%, per unofficial Tuesday results in State Senate contest

Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer appears headed to the California State Senate after posting a nearly double-digit lead on Election Night in the special runoff election for the District 7 seat.

Glazer, a Democrat, received 60,824 votes or 54.6% to finish comfortably ahead of Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Concord), who earned 45.4% of the vote, according to unofficial totals released late Tuesday night by the California Secretary of State's Office.

"Today we saw that people are more important -- and more powerful -- than special interests, and that's a great message for our state to hear," Glazer said in a victory statement issued on Facebook just after 11 p.m. Tuesday.

"Our campaign struck a chord with voters frustrated by the gridlock and dysfunction in Sacramento. They want leaders who are more pragmatic than partisan, more focused on answers than ambition," he added.

The special election, contested Tuesday in parts of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, was held to decide who would fill the unexpired term for the 7th State Senate District left vacant when Mark DeSaulnier resigned to join Congress.

Voter turnout stood at about 23.1% between the two counties as of Election Night results, which include most -- but not all -- of the qualifying ballots cast.

Bonilla had not released a statement as of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Glazer, an 11-year Orinda City Council member and a California State University trustee, jumped out to an early lead of 54.5% to 45.5% when the first results were released by state officials soon after polls closed Tuesday evening.

Bonilla, who is in her final term in the State Assembly, could not gain ground as new totals arrived throughout the night.

As a result, Glazer is poised to complete the remainder of DeSaulnier's four-year term set to expire at the end of 2016.

"One new state senator can't change California government on his own, but I hope to work with my colleagues to restore confidence in public policymaking and advance progressive ideals in ways that are financially responsible," Glazer said in his Election Night statement.

Glazer well ahead in each county, earning 56.94% of the Alameda County vote and 54.08% of the Contra Costa County vote.

Contra Costa had the higher voter participation, sitting at 24.76% (almost 91,600 of the eligible 369,878 voters), as of Election Night. Alameda County turnout came in at roughly 17.79% (20,525 voters of the registered 115,342).

The unofficial election results include early vote-by-mail tallies and totals reported by 100% of the precincts on Election Night. The election figures will likely change in the coming days as final vote-by-mail ballots, provisional ballots and other qualifying ballots are processed, according to the California Secretary of State.

The 7th District includes Pleasanton, Livermore and Sunol at the south end, Brentwood, Antioch, Pittsburg and Concord to the north, Orinda, Lafayette and Walnut Creek to the west, and the San Ramon Valley.

For more details about the unofficial Election Night results, visit the state website.

Comments

27 people like this
Posted by tired of the waste
a resident of Downtown
on May 20, 2015 at 7:34 am

At last !!! An end to my mailbox being filled with dead trees that the USPS allows these idiots to mail at virtually no cost. I am sick to death of the amount of garbage that these politicians generate for every little election. My phone never stops ringing with their robocalls and my mailbox is forever overflowing with their trash. In spite of "no solicitation" signs they or their election workers never stop banging on my door and leaving their trashy fliers on my porch.

The USPS is drowning in debt yet they allow this election garbage to be mailed at a fraction of the cost of real mail. Charge them full first class postage and see how many trees are saved and how much more revenue comes to the USPS. It's not rocket science.


6 people like this
Posted by IMPORTANT EDIT
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on May 20, 2015 at 8:20 am

I FIXED THE STORY. SEE BELOW.

"Today we saw that people are more important -- and more powerful -- than special interests, and that's a great message for our state to hear," Glazer said in a victory statement issued on Facebook just after 11 p.m. Tuesday that was completely unaware of the irony that he was funded by the Koch brothers and Bill Bloomberg and more than half of the total mailers were not from his own campaign.


14 people like this
Posted by Ignatius J. Reilly
a resident of another community
on May 20, 2015 at 8:47 am

The Koch Brothers? Yeah, that was a real effective counterpunch for Bonilla. Had her campaign not beat the Koch Brothers drum, she might have lost by 13 points. So there's that. Well done.

I am eagerly awaiting Steve Magviglio's post here. His IE raked in $1,937,935. Nice gig if you can find it. And this money came from groups like, well groups like the California State Council Of Service Employees Political Committee, which used $150,000 of money earned at taxpayer expense to attack Glazer and line Maviglio's pockets. (Source: Cal-Access)

Get used to these elections. Californians are growing tired of public unions extorting taxpayers and the minions that do their bidding.


3 people like this
Posted by Ignatius J. Reilly
a resident of another community
on May 20, 2015 at 8:52 am

My previous post misstated the contributions by California State Council Of Service Employees Political Committee.

The real amount was north of $500,000.

I apologize for the error.


10 people like this
Posted by Registered Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2015 at 9:41 am

If you look at the CA Secretary of State website, it shows $2.4M in campaign contributions to Bonilla, almost all from various unions. All those dollars came from union employees' dues, whether the workers liked it or not.


11 people like this
Posted by Julia
a resident of another community
on May 20, 2015 at 10:11 am

Congratulations Mr. Steve Glazer

Pleased to see how the people voiced their opinion.

I feel great today...Julia Pardini


4 people like this
Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on May 20, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Weren't they both liberal Democrats? Doesn't make a difference does it? What is California's unfounded pension liability? Enough said. The clock is ticking.


7 people like this
Posted by CJ
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Koch Brothers - lol lol lol lol - another intelligent comment from a disgruntled union minion.


7 people like this
Posted by Voter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2015 at 1:59 pm

There is hope! 'The People' won!! NOT the unions!!! Since CTA (teacher union) is the single largest political campaign donor in Ca, that's a big victory. Newcomer Catharine Baker beat union boss Sbranti last year too. Let's hope this trend means 'the people' are actually waking up and tired of union abuses and union excesses. That might mean we could save CA too.

CA Sec'y of State site is reporting Ca Senate District 7 race results District-wide as Glazer 54.6, Bonilla 45.4, rounded Glazer 55, Bonilla 45,
...comfortable lead.
It is so good for CA and America that there are a few Americans to help fund 'individuals' who dare to run against Public Unions. Ca Public Unions are the single largest political contributors!! Without a few independent contributors 'the people' would be total hostages of big union money power.
All will be lost IF individuals are ever prohibited from participating.


Bonillcomfortable lead.


9 people like this
Posted by Voter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2015 at 2:24 pm

Hey 'tired', you can thank the largest political contributors in CA...PUBLIC UNIONS for starting the mailer game. They mistakenly thought they would overwhelm 'dumb voters' to believe the lies on their mailers. Surprise. Fortunately, Glazer was able to meet them nose to nose.
But most of all, IF everybody had voted right in the 'first' race so Glazer could have received his 50% at that time, he would have won then, and there would NOT have been this 'runoff'. Look to those who screwed up the election process back then!!! Only the most stupid screw up elections with childish emotions. All seats WILL be filled..always..so PICK one!!! Sitting it out usually elects the one you LEAST want...take a look around (DC) at who's in office, and how they got there. You pick from election day 'candidates', OR live silently with the consequences.


3 people like this
Posted by neighbor
a resident of Del Prado
on May 21, 2015 at 8:55 am

I do agree with the first writer, tired of trash. I was appalled by the amount of trash that this election generated. Every day I would get at least 6 card board flyers. Each would be blaming the other candidate for exactly the same thing. Riducolous. They went straight into the trash to fill up our landfills further. This really has to be stopped. Money wasted, paper wasted and I didn't even know the Postal Service delivers this junk form a reduced rate. And also let's not even get started on the phones calls 5 a day sometimes. Really, was it all necessary?


2 people like this
Posted by John
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 21, 2015 at 11:25 am

I, too, am glad to see an end to the relentless mailings and phone calls.

But I'm not blaming the Unions. There were plenty of contributors on both sides. Glazer made such an issue of busting the BART unions' right to strike, that the unions had no choice but to oppose him. On his side, of course, the powerful corporate interests who want to bust the rights of workers to unionize. (I still respect the unions. Thanks to them, we got the 40 hour work week, weekends and various worker safety protections.)


5 people like this
Posted by Voter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 21, 2015 at 12:03 pm

I'm not aware of corporate interests in this election. I do know 'the people' like 'riders' were OUTRAGED with the unending strike, and DISRUPTION in their private employment and earnings. All because union greed caused it go on and on. Strikers would not settle for middle-income like the rest of us live with. Today parking has to co up. The people and infrastructure suffer. All money has to go to drivers who think they're entitled private CEO's. They don't want to lower themselves to degreed, middle-class level...you know, the ones who have to fund their OWN IRA's and 401Ks like the rest of us.


8 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 21, 2015 at 10:41 pm

John - Unions had a place in time, they were a necessary call to deplorable conditions and worker abuse. As with many things, there are other laws/protections/etc. in place that prevent those abuses from occurring again. Unions today only slow evolution and growth. They only exist to serve themselves, not even the people they claim to represent. Forget the fact they completely ignore the customer to whatever product/service industry they exist in. They only create waste.


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Posted by Don
a resident of Happy Valley
on May 24, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Stupid election cost close to 5 million dollars, at the minimum and could have been easily settled with the flip of a coin.


1 person likes this
Posted by ???
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 25, 2015 at 5:44 pm

The voters have finally woken up and realized its time to change the direction of the state. Otherwise, the state will be right there with Illinois on the verge of bankruptcy.


1 person likes this
Posted by Registered Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 25, 2015 at 10:17 pm

It's hard to believe that another state could be even worse off than CA when it comes to spending and union control, but there is Illinois. The new governor has proposed spending caps and what most people think is a reasonable way to lower the pension obligation that is literally strangling the state, but the plans have been challenged by the state's unions and the state's supreme court has struck them down. The unions were savvy enough to get the pension obligations written into the Illinois state constitution, so the courts have no choice but to uphold.

Illinois will have to file for bankruptcy in the next 2-3 years to get out of its current mess. Is California next?


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