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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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You can vote this Saturday in special 7th District State Senate election

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Joseph E. Canciamilla, the County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters, notifies all interested parties that the Contra Costa County Elections Office will be open from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

The office will be open for the March 17, 2015 7th State Senatorial District Special Primary Election for voters who wish to pick up or drop off a vote-by mail ballot, vote in person, or receive other voter services. The Elections Office is located in Martinez at 555 Escobar Street.

The 7th Senatorial District includes voters in 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.

For more information or directions call (925) 335-7800, our toll free number (877) 335-7802 or access our website at cocovote.us.

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McNerney gave conflicting statements over Netanyahu speech no-show

Friday, March 6th, 2015

By Allen Payton

Congressman Jerry McNerney, one of 42 Democrats in Congress who refused to attend the speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this past Tuesday, claimed in the Antioch Herald and Stockton Record, that the speech was nothing more than partisan politics. But, in a previous statement issued to The Washington D.C. newspaper The Hill, McNerney claimed he had previous commitments.

In the Herald and Record articles, published this past week, from a news release sent by McNerney’s office, he stated “I believe it was wrong for the Prime Minister and Speaker Boehner to arrange this event without informing the White House and Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate.”

But, in a February 9th article on The Hill website, it states “Rep. McNerney is not planning to attend the speech. He’s got several previously planned commitments for that day.”

A 2016 challenger in the 9th Congressional District, which includes most of Antioch, Kathryn Nance, a police sergeant in Stockton, called McNerney’s statements troubling and strange.

“It’s obvious the Congressman will only listen to his fellow extremists led by [Rep.] Barbara Lee [D-Oakland] and now is trying to cover his tracks by giving statements in conflict with each other,” said Nance. “This district should expect more from their Member of Congress.”

“We need a Representative who will put an end to his politics of divisiveness and bring the people of the 9th district together to fight for our future,” she continued.

In a news release from the Nance campaign, it states “This brought back memories of his 2006 campaign where he was caught changing his positions on dozens of issues to hide his true extremism. McNerney, who barely survived his most recent election despite a challenger with little financial support, is best known for his trips to Antarctica and lack of clout to deliver for working families in his district on important issues like jobs, water and transportation for his mostly Central Valley district.”

“Jerry McNerney continues to fail this district to pay off his debt to dangerous extremists like Barbara Lee who put him in office,” said Nance spokesman Lee Neves. “He has a record of saying one thing while doing the other all the way back to his first campaign. Kathryn Nance will give this district the representation it deserves and fight for stronger job and wage growth for working families, better water and transportation systems, and a strong response to terrorist groups like ISIS. No double talk. No trips to Antarctica.”

Born and raised in the Stockton area, Kathryn Nance is an 18 year veteran of the Stockton Police Department, currently serving as a Sergeant with the Department’s AB109 Task Force and as President of the Stockton Police Officers Association. She has previously served as a Field Training Officer and as a member of the Department’s Gang and Homicide units. She is married to her husband of 10 years, James Nance. Together, they have a blended family of four children, ranging in ages of 15 to 23.  In her spare time she enjoys cycling, CrossFit and bowling, along with serving as the Chairwoman of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer San Joaquin.

The 9th Congressional District includes most of Antioch, all of Oakley, Brentwood, Discovery Bay, in Contra Costa County, as well as Stockton, Lodi and most of San Joaquin County. The Primary Election will be held in June, 2016.

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