San Ramon Valley readies for primary election

Candidates vie for federal, state, local offices on Tuesday

The stage is set for voters to decide a range of races relevant to the San Ramon Valley during Tuesday's primary election.

The pending issues for voting Danville and San Ramon residents include seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, State Assembly and Contra Costa County offices as well as a Contra Costa Community College District facilities bond measure.


In the race to represent San Ramon and the rest of the 15th Congressional District, incumbent U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) faces foes from both major political parties.

Swalwell, a 33-year-old former Dublin city councilman, is seeking his second term in Congress.

State Sen. Ellen M. Corbett, a Democrat representing the 10th Senatorial District, is running to unseat Swalwell. Corbett, 59, is being termed out of the State Senate this year.

Hugh Bussell -- a 55-year-old Livermore resident, technology manager and former Bay Area high school teacher -- is the lone Republican. Bussell is vice chair of the Alameda County Republican Party.

Meanwhile, six people are vying to represent the 11th Congressional District, which includes Danville. U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez), the current office holder, is set to retire after this year, his 40th in Congress.

The four Democrat candidates are State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, Alameda City Councilman Tony Daysog, Benicia attorney Ki Ingersol and El Sobrante resident Cheryl Sudduth, a compliance director and advocate for people with disabilities and injured military veterans.

Tue Phan, a retired immigration judge and Danville resident, is the lone Republican.

Refinery operator Jason Ramey, who lives in Concord, is the final candidate. He did not list a political party preference.

State Assembly

Four people are running to represent Danville, San Ramon and the rest of the 16th district in the State Assembly. Incumbent Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) has reached her term limit.

Three of the candidates are Democrats from councils within the district: Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, Orinda City Councilman Steve Glazer and Danville Town Councilman Newell Arnerich.

The fourth, Republican Catharine Baker, is a highly regarded Pleasanton attorney who lives in Dublin and is known for her legal work on behalf of local charities.

The Assembly district also includes Livermore, Pleasanton, Lafayette, Moraga and Walnut Creek.

Under California's open primary format, the two candidates who emerge from this field of four, regardless of political party affiliation, will move on to the Nov. 4 general election.

Measure E

Voters will decide whether to authorize the Contra Costa Community College District to issue and sell bonds up to $450 million to improve district facilities.

If approved by 55% of voters, Measure E would be used to expand and modernize the district's school facilities which include Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, and the San Ramon and Brentwood centers.

The approval of the measure would double the annual tax Contra Costa property owners currently pay the district -- an increase to $26 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. Measure E would be the district's third facilities bond measure approved since 2002.

Contra Costa County

Two women are vying to replace retiring County Superintendent of Schools Joseph Ovick: deputy superintendent Karen Sakata, and educator and school administrator Linda Delehunt, an Orinda resident.

Incumbent Auditor-Controller Robert Campbell is being challenged by accountant and U.S. Navy reservist Ayore Riaunda.

Several other elected officials are running unopposed in their bids for another term in a countywide post. They include Sheriff-Coroner David Livingston, District Attorney Mark Peterson, Assessor Gus S. Kramer, Clerk-Recorder Joseph Canciamilla and Treasurer-Tax Collector Russell V. Watts.

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