January 22, 2012

San Leandro Democrats Support Hancock for Senate and Bonta for Assembly

At a pre-endorsement meeting held on Saturday, January 21, 2012, local Democrats turned out for State Senator Loni Hancock and Alameda Councilmember Rob Bonta to represent San Leandro in the ninth Senate District and 18th Assembly District, respectively. The results of this meeting determine who will make it onto the agenda at the California Democrats State Convention and receive the Democratic Party endorsement for the June 2012 primary.

Each candidate was given two minutes to make their case for support of the Democrats in attendance, but by that time, most of the ballots had already been submitted.

For the 18th Assembly District seat, Bonta received votes from San Leandro School Board member Hermy Almonte, San Leandro Councilmember Pauline Cutter, Doug Jones, Margarita Lacabe, and Eden Township Healthcare District Board Member Carole Rogers. Joel Young, one of four candidates for the seat and a current AC Transit Board member, received votes from Linda Perry, Diana Prola, and Jim Prola. Andrew Kopp voted for Kathy Neal. Former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young chose not to vote for any of the candidates while former San Leandro Mayor Ellen Corbett, Alameda County Democratic Party Chair Robin Torello, and Sue Kleebauer did not submit ballots.

Young picked up support from former Alameda Labor Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Sharon Cornu, but failed to secure the endorsement of early supporter Assemblymember Sandré Swanson, who chose not to vote for any of the candidates. Current Alameda Labor Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Josie Camacho and Alameda County Building Trades Secretary-Treasurer Andreas Cluver

Bonta received the most votes of any candidate, 18, with Young receiving 16, Abel Guillen 9, and Kathy Neal 8. However, no candidate met the 70% threshold for having an endorsement move on to the agenda for approval.

Swanson is termed out this year and is running against Hanock, who is seeking re-election. For Senate District 9, which includes most of San Leandro, Hancock picked up support from Almonte, Corbett, Cutter, Kleebauer, Kopp, Lacabe, Perry, Diana and Jim Prola, and Rogers. The only San Leandro support came from Doug Jones. Swanson picked up labor's support, including Camacho, Cluver, and Cornu and was also supported by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.

Hancock received 136 votes while Swanson received 21 and will be on the agenda for the Democratic Party's endorsement.

The California Democrats State Convention, where the endorsements will be voted on, takes place February 10-12 in San Diego.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at January 22, 2012 10:41 PM | TrackBack
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