Orinda’s serving mayor handily defeated his rival in a “knife fight” of a campaign for the East Bay state Senate seat responsible for much of Contra Costa and Alameda counties.
At the end of the evening candidate Steve Glazer, a political consultant who for years was a close aide to Gov. Jerry Brown, came away with 54.6 of the 110,000 votes cast compared to 45.4 for Bonilla.
“Our campaign struck a chord with voters frustrated by the gridlock and dysfunction in Sacramento,” Glazer said in a statement after the vote. “They want leaders who are more pragmatic than partisan.” He continued his promise to be an “independent thinker” in the legislature.
The race raised eyebrows and lots of money from outside groups that set up their own machines to drive their candidate’s respective messages – at times overwhelming prospective voters with attack mailers and tough TV commercials.