Senate District 7 Candidate – and current Orinda mayor – Steve Glazer Monday asked opponent Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla to join him in making five “clean government” promises to “improve public confidence in our lawmaking process by scaling back the corrosive influence of campaign contributions, gifts and secret agreements.”
Glazer’s five pledges include a refusal to accept gifts, meals and drinks from groups influencing the lawmaking process; a ban on accepting campaign contributions during times when most laws are passed; and a commitment to publicly release secret candidate questionnaires.
The candidate also asked for a ban on tax-free per diem payments for work in the State Capitol on weekends and holidays when a legislator is not present, and a prohibition on giving special interest campaign contributions to family members in the form of payment for services.
“Voters expect an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay,” said Glazer. “It is wrong to receive tax free Per Diem expenses for work in the State Capitol when you are at home on weekends and holidays.”
The per diem rate is set by the State Board of Control and is currently set at $168 per day.
Last month, Glazer asked Bonilla to sign a transparency pledge requiring public release of all answers to special interest questionnaires. Glazer has not filled out any of these surveys, according to a release issued by his campaign,but has posted his positions on numerous issues on his webpage for all to see at GlazerforSenate.com
. So far, again according to the Glazer campaign, Bonilla has declined to share her answers.
“In the final days of each legislative year when hundreds of proposed laws hang in the balance, special interests shower lawmakers with campaign contributions, gifts, food and drinks,” said Glazer. “I support a ban on gifts at all times and a prohibition against taking campaign money from these lobbying entities during the most impactful time in the legislative calendar.”
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.
The general election deciding whether Bonilla or Glazer will occupy the District 7 seat will be held Tuesday, May 19.