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Antioch Mayor Joins Senator Glazer’s Staff as Senior Field Representative

by ECT

Sacramento – Senator Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, announced on Wednesday that he has added two more staff members to his 7th District office.

“I’m very excited to bring on board two outstanding individuals who will help my team keep the district office in tune with the needs of the 7th District,” Glazer said.

Wade Harper, the mayor of Antioch, is one of three local elected officials now serving on Sen. Glazer’s team, joining Teresa Gerringer, a trustee on the Lafayette School District Governing Board, and Ben Johnson, a city councilmember for Pittsburg.

Elizabeth Patton will serve as Constituent Services Coordinator.

“The local elected officials on my staff are actively in touch with the issues of the communities they represent, so they are excellent resources for me and my team,” Glazer said.

“We have many important issues to address for the people of the 7th District, and I’m glad that I’ve surrounded myself with so many quality people.”

Senior Field Representative

Wade Harper, of Antioch, is the mayor of Antioch and has been a member of the City Council since 2010. Harper served in law enforcement from 1988 to 2013, rising through the ranks as a police officer, detective and sergeant in the Emeryville Police Department before finishing as police lieutenant for the Tracy Police Department. He taught criminal justice courses at Devry University in Fremont after receiving his MBA from Kennedy University in 2008. He has a BA in pastoral studies from Patten University in Oakland and an AA in liberal arts from Los Medanos College in Pittsburg.

Constituent Services Coordinator

Elizabeth Patton, of Oakland, served as an intern in the Glazer for Senate campaign in 2015. Patton worked as a legal assistant for the Livingston Law Firm in Walnut Creek after receiving her BS in animal science with a minor in rangeland resource management at Calif Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2014.

Harper and Patton join Teresa Gerringer (District Director), George Escutia (Senior Field Representative), Ben Johnson (Senior Field Representative), Judy Lloyd (Senior Field Representative) and Shareen Ram (Senior Field Representative) in the 7th District Office and Stephen Whittaker (Chief of Staff), Bryan King (Legislative Director), Steven Harmon (Public Policy/Communications) and John Ackler (Legislative Assistant/Scheduler) in the Capitol office.

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Jim Simmons 42 Oct 7, 2015 - 1:44 pm

Good, less Harper in Antioch the better. He can go cause problems for Steve Glazer and his team now in other cities.

jen Oct 14, 2015 - 12:41 pm

You’re wrong, he’s climbing the ladder. When he gets to the top he will cause more problems than you ever dreamed of, not for Glazer, for us.

Marty Fernandez Oct 7, 2015 - 1:47 pm

Steve Glazer just lost my vote. I worked very hard on his last campaign and am now sorry I did.

jen Oct 14, 2015 - 12:36 pm

I didn’t like either candidate but I thought Glazer was the lesser of evils and I voted for him. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. I won’t vote for him again though.

Reality Check Oct 7, 2015 - 1:53 pm

Campaign promise broken. harper said he would quit his job and be a full time mayor. He has since taken a teaching job and now working for a senator. Antioch now gets duel treatment instead of mayoral representation. Shame on Harper. Vote him out next election.

I think Antioch needs to demand Harper resign. Antioch no longer needs this man.

Rich Buongiorno Oct 7, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Hmmm, I need to give this more thought, but isn’t there an ethical question waiting in those hallowed hallways?

Julio Oct 7, 2015 - 2:00 pm

This is a VERY big mistake for Mr Glazer and one he will come to regret. He probably just lost Antioch and a lot of other votes. Harper thinks this will get him elected again. NOT

Voter Oct 7, 2015 - 3:10 pm

Some of you people are crazy to me. A man who is trying to work and provide for his family and you are going to cut him down? Shame on any of you who ever get another job

R J B Oct 7, 2015 - 7:03 pm

I bet you would say the same thing about drug dealers and pimps.

jen Oct 14, 2015 - 12:42 pm

Well said.

jen Oct 14, 2015 - 12:47 pm

What a silly comment. What are you talking about? “Shame on you who ever get another job?” What? Shame on you “Voter” for writing such an ignorant non sequitur.

anon Oct 7, 2015 - 4:22 pm

Are you frickin kidding me? Both Glazier and Harper are elected officials. Can our say conlicts? Harper and Ben Johnson service on boards that use State funding of which Glazer is a decision maker. This represents huge conflict. I’ll wager calls will be placed very soon to the District attorney, attorney General and the Senate ethics board. Steve Glazer, you just lost my respect and vote. Harper never had it.

GW Oct 7, 2015 - 4:24 pm

You people aren’t seeing the BIG picture here. By joining Glazer staff this gives Harper a direct line to start meeting & gathering political clout for a run at Sacramento. This is a calculated move on his part and those who want to see him in higher office despite the fact that he has been a colossal failure in Antioch.

This is exactly what you progressive liberals wanted, your own version of the White House in Antioch. Harper was not qualified to be Mayor of Antioch just like Obama was not qualified to be POTUS and look what has happened, two morally bankrupted individuals in a position of authority. You reap what you sow!!

R j B Oct 8, 2015 - 6:05 am

Well said.

Peggy Vertin Oct 9, 2015 - 10:09 pm

I read another blog that Harper wants to run for Board of Supervisors.

jen Oct 14, 2015 - 12:39 pm


Getting the Facts Straight Oct 7, 2015 - 10:48 pm

To GW….many of us are seeing the big picture here. Glazer is not supported in the Senate and will never have the base that is needed to make the changes Antioch needs. It is highly unlikely that he will get re-elected. He won by a slim margin and rarely do you see Glazer in the midst of the Sacramento’s “Who Who’s”…the circle for Independents is small in Sacramento

Harper’s role is minor in the big picture. And I would agree with you that it can be a calculated move, but it is not to benefit our community. Glazer supports the community West of Bay Point and he will always will. How many visits has Glazer done in our community since he has been elected? I give Frazier Kudos because he comes out and digs in his heals in Antioch…likely it is due that he is here from the Valley. Harper is simply a hired staff member trying to get votes for Glazer.

An to Voter…Harper has a nice pension from CALPERS and he ran his initial election stating that he was going work full time for the city since he is retired. That and reducing crime are political promises that never came through.

This is about Antioch and not about USA..thus presidential reference is not relevant.

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