Danville Express

Newsfront - August 3, 2007

Republicans plan runs for state Assembly in 2008

Candidates may change plans if Houston runs again

by Jordan M. Doronila

San Ramon Mayor H. Abram Wilson will bring local needs to the forefront in Sacramento if he gets elected to the California Assembly next year, he said.

"It's about connecting those dots," said Wilson, 60, about state legislatures connecting with their constituents. "I will be in Sacramento to represent everyone."

Wilson, a Republican, plans to run for Assembly District 15, which includes Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, Livermore, Walnut Creek, Brentwood, Discovery Bay and part of Pleasanton. Assemblyman Guy Houston, who currently represents District 15, will be termed out in 2008.

A measure proposed for the Feb. 5, 2008, primary ballot, if approved, extends the term limits of state Assembly and Senate members by another four years.

Wilson's term as mayor expires in November, and he will seek reelection this year, he said. If the proposition passes and Houston decides to stay in the Assembly, Wilson will step aside and retain his mayoral seat.

Houston is considering running for the 11th District U.S. Congressional seat, which is currently held by Democrat Jerry McNerney.

Other candidates running for the state Assembly on the Republican ticket are Joe Rubay of Alamo, Judy Lloyd, Robert Rao and Scott Kamena. They gathered at a candidates' forum barbeque on Saturday, July 23, in Walnut Creek.

Wilson said his main goals in the Assembly would be meeting community members and listening to their needs. Working together with constituents and understanding and resolving issues such as transportation, education and water are also in his plans, he said.

Additionally, pushing for more school equalization funds for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, making a fiscally responsible state budget, and continuing to develop regional relationships and strengthening disaster preparedness are his priorities, he noted.

Wilson has served as mayor for five years and has been a San Ramon resident for 30 years. During his tenure, he has been heavily involved in San Ramon's growth and development.

"It's going to be fun," Wilson said. "I'm the only elected official that has the charge of running a city to go up and knock on doors, and I interacted with everyone in Washington."

"I have a foundation," he said.

Similarly, Rubay, 47, a Monte Vista High School graduate, feels he can make a difference in Sacramento. He currently owns a real estate appraisal business with his brother Kenneth called Rubay & Rubay on Diablo Road in Danville.

"My hobby is politics and helping out," Rubay said.

He was a participant in former U.S. Rep. Bill Baker's election campaign and former Gov. Pete Wilson's reelection bid. He also has served on several committees in Contra Costa County, the finance election committee for former state Assemblywoman Lynn Leach, and as an alternate delegate at the Republican presidential election conventions.

If Rubay is elected, one of his goals is to make the state spend within its means.

"As a CPA and a small business owner, I think I have a lot of skills in this area," he said. "We need to live within our means and try to cut down unnecessary spending."

In addition, getting more school equalization funds for the School District, streamlining earmarked funds for education, pushing more for a market approach to stop global warming, and creating smaller and personal health clinics for patients are ideas he hopes to explore as an assemblyman.

"I will work with the governor on more ideas that are more market and individually based than government based," said Rubay.


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