Voters turned out to decide who will represent the East Bay’s 7th Senate District, a seat formerly held by now-Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord.
The top two candidates in the four-way race will face off in a special general election on May 19.
LATEST RESULTS: With all precincts counted: Glazer 32.22%, Bonilla 27.18%, Buchanan 21.08%, Hertle 16.45%, Kremin 2.70%
The winner of the State Senate special election will fill an abbreviated term, the remainder of DeSaulnier’s four-year term set to expire at the end of 2016.
Three local Democrats campaigned for DeSaulnier’s seat: Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, former lawmaker Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, and Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer. Other candidates include Concord Democrat Terry Kremin and Pleasanton Republican Michaela Hertle – who ended her campaign weeks ago to endorse Glazer and trigger widespread discussion about her motives.
Bonilla is a member of the Assembly, where Buchanan served from 2008 through last November. Glazer, a former aide to Gov. Jerry Brown and Orinda mayor, and ran unsuccessfully to succeed Buchanan in the overlapping 16th Assembly District last year.
Earlier this month, the state Republican Party sued a group purporting to support Hertle, claiming trademark infringement in the group’s use of a party logo.
Glazer maintained the group, the Asian American Small Business PAC, is a shadow organization created to keep him from advancing to the May 19 runoff.
Lawsuits, threats of lawsuits, and big money has been flowing in recent months. We’ll see where it pushes things, or influences outcomes at all, as we provide election results as we get them.