Primary results set stage for local Congress, Assembly runoffs

Voters elect representatives to countywide positions, approve community college district bond measure

San Ramon Valley residents were among the voters who set the stage for federal and state runoffs in November, elected officials to countywide posts and approved a community college facilities bond measure during Tuesday's primary election.

The valley's State Senator, Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), will face retired Immigration Law Judge Tue Phan (R-Danville) in a runoff to represent the 11th Congressional District, which includes Danville.

Current officeholder U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez) is retiring after this term, his 20th in Congress.

The 11th district results were: DeSaulnier 59.1%, Phan 27.8%, El Sobrante resident Cheryl Sudduth (Democrat) 4.8%, Alameda Councilman Tony Daysog (Democrat) 3.4%, Concord refinery operator Jason Ramey (no party) 2.7% and Benicia attorney Ki Ingersol (Democrat) 2.2%.

San Ramon's congressman, U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), finished comfortably in first place with 49.2% of the vote during the 15th Congressional District primary.

In the battle for second place, Republican Hugh Bussell edged out State Sen. Ellen Corbett (Democrat) 25.9% to 24.9%, a margin of 610 votes, according to the semi-official results posted early Wednesday morning.

Final county election results (which would include any late-arriving vote-by-mail ballots or provisional ballots) must be calculated and given to state officials by July 4. If the current results hold, Bussell would join Swalwell on the November ballot.

Republican attorney Catharine Baker topped the primary race for the 16th Assembly District, which includes San Ramon and Danville. She will face Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, a Democrat, in November.

Baker received 36.5% of the vote, Sbranti 29.6%, Orinda Councilman Steve Glazer (Democrat) 22.5% and Danville Councilman Newell Arnerich (Democrat) 11.4%.

The quartet were competing to fill the seat currently held by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), who is being termed out of the State Assembly.

County voters narrowly approved Measure E, which authorized the Contra Costa Community College District to issue and sell bonds up to $450 million to improve district facilities. It's the district's third facilities bond measure approved since 2002.

In total, 56.69% of voters supported the measure. It required 55% approval to pass.

Measure E funds will 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 doubles the annual tax Contra Costa property owners currently pay the district -- an increase to $26 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.

Karen Sakata is the county's new superintendent of schools. The deputy superintendent defeated school administrator and Orinda resident Linda Delehunt 60.32% to 39.04%.

The women were vying to replace retiring Superintendent of Schools Joseph Ovick.

Auditor-Controller Robert Campbell defeated challenger Ayore Riaunda, an accountant and U.S. Navy reservist, by a count of 78.44% to 21.19%.

Five incumbents running unopposed won another term in their countywide seats: Sheriff-Coroner David Livingston, District Attorney Mark Peterson, Assessor Gus S. Kramer, Clerk-Recorder Joe Canciamilla and Treasurer-Tax Collector Russell V. Watts.

Election officials reported 19.41% of registered Contra Costa County voters cast ballots in Tuesday's election (102,514 ballots total).


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Posted by RUkidding
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2014 at 8:40 am

Good to see the big developers backing Arnerich loose BIGTIME !!!
We need to remember these results when he runs again for Danville City Council and asks for their big bucks again. Could not believe his campaign signs indicating that he was not backed by BIG MONEY. Yeah.....right.

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Posted by Concerned voter
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2014 at 8:50 am

While we all know Newell did not deserve our vote for Assembly, unfortunately the primary results leave him in position to run our town for at least two more years. Let's start focusing on what the voters last night realized and escort him out of office for good in 2016.

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Posted by San Ramon Observer
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 4, 2014 at 10:00 am

San Ramon Observer is a registered user.

I broke the votes down by County this morning at 2:30 am.

Web Link


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Posted by Informed Voter
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2014 at 10:47 am

According to the Contra Costa Times website, Steve Glazer ended up with 27.12% of the vote with Tim Sbranti ended up with 22.89% so it looks like it will be Baker versus Glazer (not Baker versus Sbranti).

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 4, 2014 at 11:14 am

According to the California Secretary of State website, Baker has 36.5% of the district vote, Sbranti 29.6%, Glazer 22.5% and Arnerich 11.4%, so it will be Baker vs. Sbranti. The CC Times website is reporting only the CC County results, not the combined result of CC & Alameda Counties.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 4, 2014 at 1:54 pm

For those that feel that Arnerich got his money from BIG developers ought to get copies of his campaign finance disclosures to either verify their concerns or dispute them. Instead you make accusations without facts. If BIG Developers supported Arnerich then they didn't do a very good job. He only raised a little over $230,000. Glazer and Sbranti spent over $4,000,000.

I'd say this election among the Democrats came down to big money and special interests NOT ideas and character.

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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2014 at 7:44 pm

What "Resident" either does not know or want want to reveal is that IE's (Independent Expenditure) committees monies DO NOT show up on an individual candidate's campaign disclosure statements.


Also nefarious...

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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 5, 2014 at 6:21 am

Judging by my mail box, more than 95% of the Dem mailers came from Glazer, Sbranti or IE's that support them not from Arnerich or an IE supporting him. I don't see any evidence of a big IE supporting Arnerich.

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Posted by C. R. Midge on
a resident of Danville
on Jun 5, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Those who are concerned about our state's finances should throw their support behind Catherine Baker. Sbranti's funding is from the public employee unions, and he will be beholden to them. After Baker, Glazer would have been my second choice. But Baker is the clear fiscal-responsibility choice for the general election.

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Posted by FOllow the moNEY
a resident of Danville
on Jun 5, 2014 at 1:37 pm

You can see the full story ABOUT ARNERICH'S CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS at this website:

Here's a few of Arnerich's contributors:

$4100 from an "Architects for Liveable Communities"---translation, "HIGH-DENSITY HOUSING" ---Political Action committee

$4100 from DENOVA HOMES, a builder that self-identifies as an "affordable" (read--- "HIGH-DENSITY") HOUSING BUILDER.

$3900 from BRADDOCK AND LOGAN, a housing developer.


$1000 from PONDEROSA HOMES ---builder of the just-approved 20+ home Podva Road subdivision (off of San Ramon Valley Blvd.)

$1000 from ENGEO, an engineering company that worked on the SUMMERHILL HOMES "MAGEE RANCHES" development that is now the subject of the SOS-DANVILLE LAWSUIT against the Town Council

$1000 from SUNCREST HOMES---a while back Suncrest was interested in doing a residential development for ELWORTHY EAST (100 acres of hilly Open Space off of El Capitan Drive). Maybe they are again.

$4100 from Cannon Constructors South---hmm, wonder what they want?

$1000 from Aliquot Assoc., an engineering firm that has worked on number of Danville housing developments.

$1500+ from ROBERT STORER, DANVILLE'S MAYOR, in funds he didn't have to use for his 2010 council campaign (no one ran against him, so he still has money in his campaign coffers). STORER IS HIMSELF A HIGH-DENSITY HOUSING BUILDER. When he was on the Planning Commission, he got approval for a rezoning to allow him to build a high-density project in Danville. Nice, huh?

The list goes on and on with more of the same....


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Posted by local voter
a resident of Danville
on Jun 5, 2014 at 3:25 pm

I think Arnerich should resign now from Town Council to let someone else run for his seat. Storer and Stepper are both up in Nov. 2014 election. Let's get 3 NEW people in.

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Posted by Concerned Voter
a resident of Danville
on Jun 5, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Thank you Money for the campaign finance information. However, you omitted one large and glaring fact. A couple of large contributions were made by Newell or his company. While this is certainly not a surprise, the nature of the contributions tell a story. Each of them were "loans". This means that if any funds remain, Newell can repay himself. He ran a campaign claiming not to be backed by large $$, but should have added that he was willing to spend everyone else's money first in pursuit of an Assembly seat. If he was truly committed to the challenge and wanted his followers cash to support his effort, then why would he put his $$ at the back of the line? His campaign slogan should have read, "Backed by anybody's $$ first, then if only necessary, my own".

He clearly was willing to leave Danville politics by announcing the Assembly bid only months after running for Council in 2012. Let's show him the door in 2016.

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Posted by Danville Hartz
a resident of Danville
on Jun 6, 2014 at 7:55 am

stop by the San Ramon Valley Republican Federated table at Danville Summerfest on June 21 to meet Catharine Baker and Judge Phan.

Also, the public is WELCOME to attend the Republicans After 5 Mixer on June 24th from 5:30-7pm at Father Natures Hideaway.

Sponsored by the SRVRepublicanWomen Federated - 5 high school seniors received scholarships from SRVRWF - join and help support our youth!

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Posted by Danville Hartz
a resident of Danville
on Jun 6, 2014 at 8:11 am

Ooops - SRVRepublicanWF booth at Summerfest will be on E Prospect on Saturday ONLY! Stop by.

I'll run against Arnerich :-)

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Posted by Christa
a resident of Danville
on Jun 7, 2014 at 7:11 pm

When I saw Newell's BS signs I almost peed!! What a joke!! We can do it people---let's toss Newell and his two buddies out! Met Baker and Phan--awesome!! My mantra---FN!!!!! Flush Newell!!

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Posted by Samantha Rios
a resident of Danville
on Jun 7, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Overjoyed at Newell's loss! His signs were aimed at the low information voters who did not materialize on Tuesday. Glazer tried to play both sides--lol---ummm you worked for Jerry BROWN!?! Ha ha ha. Dem machine pig.

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