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Buchanan kicks off her campaign for 10th congressional district seat

Original post made on Jun 15, 2009

State Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D., Alamo), who was elected to represent the 15th District in November, kicked off her campaign for Congress on Sunday, holding a rally in her new 10th Congressional District campaign office and online in a YouTube video that is featured prominently in her Web site at

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 15, 2009, 9:19 AM

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of another community
on Jun 15, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Dear Dolores,

Of course, Joan's supporters will step forward including me. But Ms. Ellen O. Tauscher and her staff set the bar very high for performance in office. Joan's learning curve will be a hockey stick ramp and expectations will be very high to perform at Ms. Tauscher's level.

Supporters are obligated to bring Joan to the level of national representation, if she is elected. That will be a major task for Joan and her supporters.

I celebrate Joan and will commit to her success,


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Posted by Curious to Know
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Jun 15, 2009 at 11:39 pm

Joan -

Will you support Obama's homophobic, bigoted policies or will you fight for your constituents who are in a domestic partnership (a legal relationship under California law) but are denied Federal benefits currently reserved for heterosexual couples?

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Posted by H.Sachs
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 16, 2009 at 2:15 pm

"I'm as impatient as the rest of California..." That is the truth. Couldn't wait to finish out a two-year term before looking for greener grass?

Buchanon and her supporters are actually taking credit for turning around SRVUSD? Typical. Try giving credit to the taxpayers who have floated two parcel taxes and a capitol improvement bond measure to build or renovate district schools.

Joan Buchanon will end up in the trash heap of self aggrandizing politicians who never make it to the next level. Good luck and good riddance. Pass the check please.

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Posted by Born and Raised in Walnut Creek
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Jun 16, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Joan has forever been and will forever be a giver. She puts her community first, and truly wants to influence change for the better. Tauscher has set the bar high, but you can be sure that if Joan gets elected she will exceed expectations and become a prominent face in Washington. She has my vote!

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Posted by Tom
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 16, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Who do you think got those measures passed for the SRV District???

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Posted by Community courtesy
a resident of another community
on Jun 16, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Dear Dolores,

The very partisan commentary, without validation, against Joan in several forums has been mean-spirited and inappropriate. Certainly all voters want to know the issues that each commentator brings to this forum. What should be a requirement is to bring the validating background that establishes the commentator's point of view.

Once again, content and not contempt!

Reality is documented at SRVUSD that illustrates Joan's work with such trustees as Mary Ann Gagen and Chris Kenber in creating a very specific fiscal policy focused on classroom education. Joan also worked very openly in communities and neighborhoods to build the support that created the successful parcel tax measures. Beyond that work, Joan supported a blue ribbon committee to review and advise of uses of such parcel tax money.

Let's focus on the reality. Joan is seeking to replace Ellen O. Tauscher's incredible service to our 10th Congressional District. That should be the basis for review of Joan's abilities. Ms. Tauscher in a global economic expert, a fiscal conservative, and broadly respected in global governments including ours.

I suggest a focus on what we gain, and what must be gained by Joan, in service to our district at the level set by Ms. Tauscher and staff. I strongly support that challenge to Joan because I am confident she is prepared to present substantial capabilities.

Challenge Joan with content, concern and not contempt, please.

Hal, as a community courtesy

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Posted by Curious to Know
a resident of Danville
on Jun 16, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Can't speak for other comments, but mine was not mean-spirited. Mine is a reasonable question given that Obama's DOJ supported DOMA in a recent brief. (This view is a complete contradiction to his campaign promises, now better knows as "lies".) Additionally, while he originally said that he would work to eliminate DOMA, he now says that he's waiting for Congress to act on the issue. If that's true, it's reasonable to ask Joan (particularly since she's representing a State that allows domestic partnerships) if she'll help send the President legislation to repeal part or all of DOMA. And if she will help, just how does she plan to do this. Not mean spirited. Not rude. Very valid.

I emailed this question to her office last night and have received no response. If you're going to represent a State that allows domestic partnerships and a district that includes a county with the 10th largest gay population in the State, then you ought to be prepared to answer this question.

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Posted by H. Sachs
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 17, 2009 at 10:58 am

Joan Buchanon was elected by the voters of the 15th Ca. Assembly district, in part, because of her record as an advocate of education. No one can question that this state needs policy makers who stress fiscal accountability in a public sector agency that accounts for at least 40% of the state's revenue; k-12 education.

If she truly wants to make a difference, she would not, after four months in a newly elected position, declare her candidacy for higher office.

Those of you who support her do not seem to be, at the least, a little disappointed in her abandonment of her elected office after such a short period?

I admire blind loyalty, but those voters who supported her with the vote are being told, in essence, sorry I really didn't want the position.

As an educator myself, I feel she is walking away from an arena where she can make the most difference and "escaping to DC" where she won't have to fight so hard for re-election. That really is the story here supporters of Joan. She is not a fighter. She is seeking the safety net of a congressional district whose demographics favor her keeping the seat safely ( as they do for any democratic candidate).

Character counts as content and an examination of one's public character is not mean spirited, it is part of asking for the vote. In many areas Joan Buchanon's character may be quite outstanding but she must really explain why she is leaving a recently elected seat for higher office.

Sorry to those who are "offended".

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Posted by Gary Clift
a resident of another community
on Jun 30, 2009 at 4:36 pm

The California Political Bubble continues.
How can candidates Garamendi and DeSaulnier consider running for the US Congress, CA District 10? Our State Government is broken and in the process of shutting down, these two men are no small part of the problem yet they think voters will send them to Washington. This is what happens to career politicians; they get surrounded by a bubble and lose touch with the people they represent. I can't imagine anybody seriously thinking that these two individuals have done a good job. They represent exactly what is wrong with the State of California. It would be different if these candidates had exercised a leadership role in resolving California's budget crisis. Instead where are they? Running for a Federal office. Whatever happened to public servants sacrificing and working hard to get a difficult the job done? Their only priority is to get reelected. I hope that you will visit Web Link to see the many MUCH more qualified candidates seeking this position.

-Gary Clift

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Posted by Campaigner
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Jul 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Gary Clift and Others

Career politicians get a bad wrap because they consistently get put in in the box with politicians who have abused the system. You should know that Lt. Gov. John Garamendi has consistently delivered his promises to the people he represents and has continued to let his values as a man, environmentalist, father, and grandfather drive his political agendas. We are talking about a straight-shooting democratic with a good heart and fighting the right fight. He understands the transformations happening in Washington and across the country and he has the experience in educational policy, environmental policy, and fiscal policy to lead the 10th congressional district and our country.

Please, don't label all based on career history. This is man with 6 children and 9 grandchildren who has a passionate and determined vision for the future of our state and our country.

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