In a tight election, Democrat Rebecca Bauer-Kahan will prevail after updated election results showed Bauer-Kahan with a 2,170 vote lead against Assemblywoman Catharine Baker.
Baker was the last of the GOP representatives in the Bay Area in either the State Assembly or State Senate.
Here is what Baker released Friday afternoon:
I want to share with you that I have just called my opponent, Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, to congratulate her on winning election to the State Assembly for District 16, and to wish her success. While there remain many ballots to count, the outcome is not expected to change.
It has been the honor of my life to represent our community, a community I love in a state I love. I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as your Assemblymember. A big, heartfelt thank-you to my outstanding staff here in our District and in the Capitol, and for the amazing volunteer, endorsement, and donor support that gave us a strong, bipartisan showing. And my biggest thank-you to my husband, Dan, and our kids, Kate and Alex.
Bauer-Kahan released the following statement:
Friends, our lead has continued to grow and I have enough votes to win. I am truly honored and humbled that the voters of Assembly District 16 have selected me to represent them in Sacramento. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work for them and the issues important to our community.
I want to thank Catharine Baker for her years of service for our district and thank her for her gracious call today to congratulate me. I look forward to working with her to better our community.
I couldn’t have done this without your help. Insiders didn’t think we could win because we didn’t have the special interests on our side, but you proved them wrong. Your hard work and support in this campaign made it possible. You made the difference. And for that, I want to say: thank you
The 16th Assembly District covered parts of Alameda County (Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton) and Contra Costa County which includes Alamo, Blackhawk, Danville, Diablo, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek.
For more on Bauer-Kahan, visit her website: www.rebeccabauerkahan.com