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Tri-Valley and Diablo Valley Democratic Clubs, Congressman Swalwell endorse Bonilla for Senate

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla announced today that her campaign has received the endorsements of the TriValley and Diablo Valley Democratic Clubs, adding to the growing unity behind Bonilla’s campaign – including earning the support of former Assemblymember and special election opponent Joan Buchanan and groups that had supported her campaign.

Susan Bonilla is the candidate we can count on to champion public education and oppose the hugely expensive and environmentally hazardous double tunnel project.” Diablo Valley Dems President Karen Cohen said.

Tri-Valley Dems President Ellis Goldberg added, “Susan Bonilla’s record and experience made endorsing her an easy choice for club members.”

In addition, Congressman Eric Swalwell, who represents the TriValley and San Ramon in the House of Represententatives, also endorsed Bonilla, this week.

Swalwell’s endorsement continues the rapidly expanding support and momentum that Bonilla’s campaign has built in the Tri-Valley, since emerging in the top-two special election runoff election.

“Susan Bonilla is an effective coalition builder who is solving problems and getting results for East Bay families. She’s a proven leader who has improved local schools, balanced budgets, and supported small business growth in our region,” Swalwell said. “Susan Bonilla is the best choice for Tri-Valley families and I’m proud to endorse her for State Senate.”

Bonilla’s campaign recently announced the endorsement of former State Senator and Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, former Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, former Orinda Mayor Gregg Wheatland, and the California Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus’s broad coalition of Assemblywomen and State Senators.

For the complete list of Bonilla’s endorsements and more information about her campaign, visit www.susanbonilla.com.

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Buchanan, other East Bay women leaders endorse Bonilla in special State Senate race

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

By Allen Payton

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla announced Wednesday the endorsements of former State Senator and Majority Leader Ellen Corbett and former Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner as women in leadership across the East Bay continue to unite behind Bonilla’s campaign in the special 7th State Senate District race.

As a result of Tuesday’s election, Bonilla successfully moved forward to the top-two in the May 19th special election runoff, facing fellow Democrat and Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer.

Former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, who placed third in Tuesday night’s election, also endorsed Bonilla, on Wednesday.

In a post on her campaign website, Buchanan wrote:

“Dear Friend – I want to take a moment to thank you for your overwhelming support of our campaign. While last night’s results weren’t what we were expecting, I am incredibly grateful to all of you for believing in me, your time and all your hard work.

I’m proud of the campaign that we ran; I’m proud that we stuck to our pledge to run a positive-only campaign; and I’m proud of how many of you truly took to heart our shared vision for a better future. 

It’s clear that our positive messages of a quality education for every child, protecting our precious environment and creating a better California resounded with tens of thousands of voters.

It was an honor to represent you in the State Assembly and as a school board member, and I am grateful for all we have all we have accomplished in my 24 years of public service. It takes a village, and working together we have improved our schools and learning for all students, and strengthened the wonderful communities we call home. I look forward to our paths crossing in the future.

Last night I called Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla to offer her my congratulations. I ask you to support her bid to be our next State Senator.”

Corbett, Skinner and Buchananjoin Congresswoman and Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher (ret.), Assemblymember Nora Campos, Contra Costa County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, Solano County Supervisor Linda Seifert, Concord Councilmember Laura Hoffmeister, Martinez Councilmember Lara Delaney, Martinez Councilmember AnaMaria Avila, Pittsburg Councilmember Merl Craft, Ambrose Parks Board Chair Mae Cendaña Torlakson, Ambrose Parks Board Member Judy Dawson, Ambrose Parks Board Member Eva Garcia, Antioch School Board Member Barbara Cowan and Solano Board of Education Vice President Dana Dean.

Senator Corbett and Assemblywoman Skinner are trusted and proven leaders who made incredible strides for our region,” Bonilla said. “I’m honored by their support and the incredible support that our campaign received from across the district in last night’s election.”

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Election update – ballots still being counted, could change outcome of second place finisher

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

By Allen Payton

According to the elections offices in both Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, there are still approximately 13,432 ballots left to be counted in Tuesday’s special 7th State Senate District election, which could affect who faces Steve Glazer in the May 19 General Election.

Only 2,249 votes separated Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla and former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, with Bonilla ahead, as of last night at 11:25 p.m.

There are approximately 10,000 ballots still being counted in Contra Costa County and 3,432 in Alameda County. An update on 8,000 of the ballots in Contra Costa is expected by tomorrow or Friday and the remainder by next Wednesday, March 25. There are approximately 3,200 Vote By Mail ballots and about 232 Provisional ballots still being counted in Alameda County.

The elections offices have 28 days to certify the election.

Check back for updates and the final vote count.

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Glazer leads, expected to face Bonilla in General Election for special 7th State Senate race

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

By Allen Payton

So far, the strategy of powerful interests to clear the field of Republican candidates and elect Orinda mayor Steve Glazer to the 7th State Senate seat, appears to be working.

With 100 percent of the precincts reporting in both Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, according to the California Secretary of State’s website, Glazer was in first, during Tuesday’s special election to fill the seat vacated mid-term by now-Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, with 32.8% of the vote.

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla was in second place with 24.9% of the vote, followed by former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan with 22.6%.

Michaela Hertle, the only Republican on the ballot, who dropped out without campaigning and endorsed Glazer, was in fourth place with 17% of the vote, followed by two-time unsuccessful Concord City Council candidate Dr. Terry Kremin with just 2.8% of the vote.

However, as of Wednesday morning there were still over 13,000 ballots left to be counted in both Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

In a comment via Twitter, at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday night, Glazer wrote “Positive evidence that voters want a fiscally responsible bi-partisan problem solver who is independent from powerful special interests.” Then, a few minutes later, he wrote “The deception and manipulation by the BART unions and their allies had an impact but failed.”

When reached for comment on Wednesday, Bonilla said “I am pleased with the results of this very close race. My volunteers were exceptional and worked effectively to communicate my message and who I am to the voters. I want to thank my broad base of supporters and I look forward to continuing to work collaboratively to represent the families of our community.”

The top two finishers will face off against each other in the General Election to be held on May 19, 2015. Whichever candidate wins that election will have to run for reelection, next June for a full four-year term.

For the complete election results, click here.

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State Senate candidate Glazer will join supporters at March 17 Election Night Party in Orinda

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

State Senate District 7 candidate Mayor Steve Glazer and his supporters will be gathering at La Piazza Restaurant, 15 Moraga Way in Orinda to watch the election results starting at 8:00 pm, Tuesday, March 17.

We have worked hard for many weeks and I’m looking forward to joining with my supporters as the results start to come in,” said Glazer.

The March 17 primary election will decide the winner of the State Senate District 7 election if any one candidate receives 50 percent or more of the vote.  If none of the candidates receives this margin of victory, a runoff election will be held on May 19.

Glazer currently serves as the Mayor of Orinda and a Trustee of the California State University 23-campus system. During his tenure on the Orinda City Council, Glazer has helped balance budgets while making improvements to schools, libraries and roads.

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

For more information visit www.GlazerForSenate.com.

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Election Day is here, polls open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM for special 7th State Senate District race

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Joseph E. Canciamilla, the County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters, announces that all polling places for the 7th State Senatorial District Special Primary Election will open at 7:00 am and close at 8:00 pm on March 17, 2015. Voters are encouraged to pre-mark their choices in their sample ballot booklet and take it with them to their polling place, to use as a reference. To avoid excessive wait times at the polls, voters are advised to vote mid-morning or mid-afternoon.

The 7th Senatorial District includes voters in Antioch and the rest of East Contra Costa, the Lamorinda and San Ramon Valley areas, Concord, Walnut Creek, and Clayton. To view a map of the 7th Senatorial District, go to http://sd07.senate.ca.gov/district-map.

Polling place locations and directional maps, as well as information regarding sample ballots and candidates, are available on the Elections Division website at www.cocovote.us/current-election.

City Clerks have volunteered to assist voters who need help finding the correct polling place. They will be available for assistance on Election Day, Tuesday, March 17th until 8:00 pm, unless otherwise stated.

County Elections Office – (925) 335-7800 or toll free 1-877-335-7802

City of Antioch – (925) 779-7008 available 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Local election results will be available on Election Night, beginning at 9:00 pm on the Elections Division website at www.cocovote.us/current-election/mar17-2015-election-results/ and on Contra Costa Television (CCTV) beginning at 9:00 pm on Comcast channel 27, Astound channel 32, and AT&T U-Verse channel 99.

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Stay up-to-date on Election Night results, available beginning shortly after 8:00 PM

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

MARTINEZ – Those seeking up-to-date election results will not be “out of luck” this St. Patrick’s Day.

With the March 17, 2015 7th State Senatorial District Special Primary Election just a week away, the Contra Costa County Elections Division has devised an updated strategy for quickly processing and reporting results.

Results of vote-by-mail ballots that were returned before March 14th will be available shortly after the polls close at 8:00 p.m. on Election Night.

Ballots cast at the polls will be reported beginning at 9:30 p.m., with results updated about every 30 minutes, until all precincts report.

The availability of updated reports will be communicated via Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #CoCoVote2015. Any changes to the reporting schedule will also be reported there.

The County Elections Division Twitter page is Twitter.com/CoCoElections. The Facebook page is Facebook.com/pages/Contra-Costa-County-Elections/361344510602519.

Results will be posted to the Elections’ Division website, www.cocovote.us, throughout Election Night and updated by 5:00 pmevery Friday until the election is certified.

Local election results will also be available throughout Election Night on Contra Costa Television (CCTV) beginning at 9:00 pm on Comcast channel 27, Astound channel 32 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99.

Voting is already underway at the Contra Costa County Elections Division, at 555 Escobar Street in Martinez. Registered voters may drop in to vote or pick up a ballot during regular weekday hours (Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm).

Polling place locations and directional maps, as well as information regarding sample ballots and candidates, are available on the Election’s Division website, www.cocovote.us.

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Polling place changes for Tuesday’s election to affect some Antioch residents

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Jack London Elementary will now serve Antioch precincts 134 and 136 instead of Quail Lodge

As a precaution to ensure the well-being of both voters and residents of an Antioch retirement facility, Contra Costa Elections officials opted Thursday to relocate a polling station because of an illness outbreak earlier in the week.

The two precincts (Antioch 134 and Antioch 136) originally slated to vote next Tuesday at the Quail Lodge Retirement Community will now cast their ballots at Jack London Elementary School, said Joe Canciamilla, the county’s Registrar of Voters.

It’s in the best interest of all concerned. We want to ensure that voters feel comfortable going to the polls and have a safe haven,” Canciamilla said. “Making the change now gives us ample time to inform everyone.”

Jack London is located at 4550 Country Hills Drive; about a quarter mile from Quail Lodge.

Elections officials found out about the potential health hazard on Wednesday night during a planning meeting, when an election worker pointed out a media report about the outbreak.

Contra Costa Health Services reports that about 30 of the independent living facility’s residents to date became sick with a viral gastrointestinal illness. Test results are pending to determine the cause of the gastrointestinal illness.

Election officials plan to send postcard notices Thursday to about 1,000 registered voters in those two precinct areas. Planning is also underway to coordinate delivery of election supplies to the school.

On Election Day, voters who head to Quail Lodge will see signs directing them to the school.

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