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Steve Glazer Wins State Senate Seat, Defeats Bonilla

by ECT

Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer defeated Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla in the Special Election to fill Mark DeSaulniers vacant seat Tuesday.

With 100% precincts reporting, Glazer scored 60,824 votes (54.6%) to Bonilla’s 50,569 (45.4%).

Here is a statement released by Steve Glazer last night:

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. 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.

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.

This election offered voters a clear choice. I promised to be an independent thinker committed to solving problems and serving my district. I will work hard to make sure the voters are always proud of their decision.

I am grateful for everyone who participates in our democracy and especially for the volunteers and voters who believed in my message. Thank you!

Senate District 7 includes the communities of Alamo, Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Blackhawk, Brentwood, Byron, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Diablo, Discovery Bay, Dublin, Lafayette, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pacheco, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Sunol and Walnut Creek.

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Dr. Suess May 20, 2015 - 7:27 am

Thank goodness THAT is over. Now those numerous, large, waste of paper, annoying mailers will stop. I didn’t vote Gl-ass-er just because of those. Not that it makes a difference either way the vote went.

Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.
~Edward Abbey

Barb May 20, 2015 - 8:35 am

Glad to hear it!
There are too many politicians owned and operated by the unions including Bonilla.

Hopefully those other special interests will back down off of Glazer and let him do what he said he would do. He will have to prove himself otherwise we will have another circus just different monkeys….

In the meanwhile, I hope both candidates and PACs see what stupid waste of money all those mailers were. Every time one came in the mail I would think about how many other better uses there were for that money. All that paper was a waste. So stupid.

CaptainKlutz May 20, 2015 - 9:13 am

Each and every one of those mailers went straight into my recycling bin – unread. They can send as many as they want I will not pay attention.

I have to admit that just due to volume I am considering keeping a count and whoever gets the most amount of hate mail will get my vote next time. I haven’t decided if that would be by weight or volume.

Anonymous May 20, 2015 - 9:26 am

Dr. Seuss,

You’re the kind of guy politicians get stuck representing. Congratulations on that accomplishment. Thanks for having such a peachy outlook on the process.


Campaign mailers are nothing new. They were just more abundant and apparent since this was a special election and not crowded in a field of races. Campaign flyers are not a “waste of money”, because they serve many purposes and whether you agree or not, they are effective. They not only provide name recognition and branding of candidates, but also put many people to work in the process. They infuse millions of dollars into consulting, design, print business, the U.S. Mail service and best of all they are recyclable. In this day and age where it costs millions to run a campaign, every candidate has special interests backing them otherwise they would not be competitive and you would never hear their names. I’ll bet you never heard the name “Steve Glazer” before the election. The question is, which special interests align with the candidate. In this race it was independents and commerce backing Glazer and Labor Unions backing Bonilla. Glazer had a sound record and policies that voters liked, Bonilla did not. The end result was extremely predictable.

JRLDEV May 21, 2015 - 10:46 am

I am an independent voter. I have voted many times for some individuals with different party affiliations.
In the case of Ms.Bonilla I have never experienced receiving so much negative mail from the Bonilla “supporters” and trying to suggest that the receiver ( me in this case) belongs to as they called “One of Us” and therefore you need to vote for Bonilla. She is really a pawn for the Union Bosses who dictated her activities while a member of the California Assembly. Now I am waiting for her Term to come up for reelection.

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