DeSaulnier announces run for Congress

Hopes to replace Miller, who announced retirement Monday

It didn't take long for State Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) to throw his hat in the ring for a bid to replace retiring U.S. Rep. George Miller.

Miller (D-Martinez) announced on Monday morning that he decided to retire from office after serving 40 years in Congress. By early afternoon, DeSaulnier announced he'd run for Miller's 11th district congressional seat, which is up for election next year.

In announcing the election bid, DeSaulnier promised to continue the work done by the man he hopes to replace, whom he said he'd worked with at various levels of government for 20 years. DeSaulnier called Miller one of California's "strongest champions of working people and the middle class."

"I've always greatly admired Rep. Miller's tireless work ethic, his dedication to the residents of his district, along with his deep devotion and perseverance in fighting for the progressive values and issues that matter most to Californians," DeSaulnier said. "Rep. Miller will be missed, but his legacy of working to create good jobs, increase access to healthcare, improve our schools, and help California flourish in a global economy, will live on forever."

DeSaulnier's state senate district (which includes Danville) covers about 70 percent of Miller's, so he has some name recognition as he begins his campaign.

This will be DeSaulnier's second bid for Congress, having lost in the 2009 special Democratic primary for the old District 10 seat – prior to redistricting.

He said he's ready to hit the ground running this time around, with some specific issues already on his agenda.

"I'm running for Congress to help bring an end to the brinkmanship and gridlock in Washington," DeSaulnier said, "so that we can move forward with President Obama's agenda of creating more good paying jobs, growing our middle class, investing in our infrastructure, increasing access to healthcare, advancing the use of renewable and homegrown energy, enhancing our education systems, and making the United States a leader in innovation around the globe."

DeSaulnier received his first significant public endorsement Tuesday afternoon, with a vote of support from California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

"Mark knows this district intimately, and will bring to the job more than 20 years of experience working on local and state issues ranging from education to job creation, healthcare access to energy production, infrastructure improvements to protecting working people and much more," Torlakson said. "He has my full support."

Before serving in the State Senate's 7th district, DeSaulnier represented California's 11th State Assembly district. He also served as a Contra Costa County supervisor and member of Concord City Council.


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Posted by Tracy
a resident of Alamo
on Jan 15, 2014 at 7:05 am

That's all we need is another Obama lover who has been drinking his Kool Aid to represent California and pretend he is representing people of Danville. This guy has clearly been enjoying his medical marijuana if he thinks he can end the gridlock in Washington and create more jobs in our state. Based on the article last week, he plans to help those can't afford to live here find a way to ease there poverty problems. Sounds like more taxes for us Californians. He won't get my vote.

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Posted by Grandma
a resident of Alamo
on Jan 15, 2014 at 7:18 am

He is an old fashioned liberal Democrat. I do not agree with his political policies, but when my family needed help with the tangled mess we call the U.C. system, his office came through for us.

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Posted by Evan davenport
a resident of Diablo
on Jan 15, 2014 at 9:06 am

No way---no vote for another libTARD. Remove him from the public $$$ trough. He loves Obama and thus--must be voted OUT.

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Posted by Tom Radcliffe
a resident of Danville
on Jan 15, 2014 at 9:09 am

ABCD=Anyone But Crappy Desaulnier!!!!

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Posted by Aubrey
a resident of Alamo
on Jan 15, 2014 at 11:10 am

Why anyone has EVER voted for this guy is a mystery, but this being California and you only need be a Democrat to get elected, he'll probably get the nod. Why Danville is so overwhelmingly Democrat is the bigger mystery...

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jan 15, 2014 at 12:03 pm

My God we don't need this self serving person.

DeSaulnier is just another White Guilt that love Obama...Impeach Obama and do not vote for the Mr. White Guilt DeSaulnier...

Thank you listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo.

PS...Hey Grandma why do you think his office came through for you...Feed the hungry fro free and you can control them later when it counts.

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Posted by Jimmy
a resident of Danville
on Jan 15, 2014 at 1:28 pm

The Neo-Dinos have spoken. Can we get Ted Cruz, Ron Paul, Mike Lee or maybe Christie to run (just kidding). Can't wait for Hiliary in 2016. California is the greatest state, Texas, Utah and the rest of the red states suck.

If you guys are so unhappy why not move from California.

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Posted by bebe
a resident of Danville
on Jan 15, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Danville votes Democratic because educated people live here!!

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Posted by Tony
a resident of Diablo
on Jan 16, 2014 at 8:38 am

Bebe, your comment is truly incredulous. Just what are your impressive credentials?

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Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Jan 16, 2014 at 9:35 am

We have become a one party state. It has little to do with education and alot to do with idealism. We are controlled by unions and must pay high wages and fund pensions that are out of control Many voters feel that the government can and must take care of all its citizens. ie,Obamacare. The only way that government knows how to do is is to continue to tax those who produce goods and services. (there is an additional 3.8% Obamacare tax for those affected). When the government figures out Obamacare is not really working they will solve it by increasing taxes again. We are becoming more and more of a socialist democracy much like European countries. If you have read the news or are informed, they have very high unemployment, high taxes, and a high cost of living. We are heading in that direction fast.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Jan 16, 2014 at 10:49 am

Tracy -

Perhaps with a little more education, you could run, too. You might want to fix your grammar and spelling first.

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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Jan 16, 2014 at 11:58 am

Conservatives are actually the most educated of all demographics. Web Link

But I’d rather hang out with Liberals.

Liberals are FUNNY!! And I’m not just talking about the way they look. (Note to Liberals: White socks with sandals are not a good look, especially Crocks. And take a shower once in a while, will you? And what is with those earring things that make your ear lobes real big? Get rid of those!)

Plus, Liberals always got your back. If I wanted to kick back and use the government safety neck as a hammock, that’s not a problem. Even if I was too lazy to fill out the welfare forms, they’d help me. Thanks Libs!!

If I was in a public restroom and was too lazy to wipe, I’ll bet a Liberal would come to my rescue. They wouldn’t wipe me themselves, of course. They’d make a Conservative do it! Ha ha.

Conservatives are like the grumpy parent who turns off the party music and tells everyone it’s time to go home.

Liberals say, relax, man! We don’t have to go to work tomorrow! That’s your problem. Ha ha!!

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Posted by John
a resident of Danville
on Jan 17, 2014 at 11:04 am

What's with SPCWT's rant?

These are the most ignorant and uneducated comments I have heard. Hus comments due nothing for this forum. No wonder the GOP is losing voters? With comments and hate like this, its just a manner of time for the GOP (and conservatives) to become completely extinct.

What argument are you making I only hear hate? I am sure happy I do not know you personally.

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Posted by Conservator
a resident of Danville
on Jan 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm

While, at the end of the day, it really matters little as to the specific demographics of the current ultraconservative wing of the conservative spectrum, a 2013 study (as opposed to the older 2010 one provided earlier) by the PEW Research Center offers a much more contemporary look (Web Link).

Boiled down, the cited research clearly shows that Tea Party Republicans (conservatives for this discussion) are: Older, More Male, Higher Income, More Protestant and Predominantly Non-Hispanic Caucasian (White).

Any surprises? Not likely.

However, one quoted individual in the 2010 NY Times survey tends to sum up the most typical characterizations and, sadly, perceptions of a significant portion of the our aging population said the following:

"That’s a conundrum, isn’t it?” asked Jodine White, 62, of Rocklin, Calif. “I don’t know what to say. Maybe I don’t want smaller government. I guess I want smaller government AND my Social Security.” She added, “I didn’t look at it from the perspective of losing things I need. I think I’ve changed my mind.”

Maybe coffee instead of tea?

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