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Two Democratic Clubs Endorse Joan Buchanan

Dublin CA On Monday January 19th both former Assembly member (AD 16) Joan Buchanan and Assembly member (AD 14) Susan Bonilla were at a Candidates Forum to tell the members of the TriValley Democratic Club why the club should endorse their candidacy.  Both ladies are running for the senate seat that was vacated when Senator Mark DeSaulnier became Congressman DeSaulnier.  The vote results by TVDC members on endorsing a candidate was Joan Buchanan 29, Susan Bonilla 2 and 4 votes for none of the above.  On Wednesday January 21 the Diablo Valley Democratic Club unanimously endorsed Joan Buchanan.


Ellis Goldberg, TVDC President explained why he voted for Buchanan,
”State legislators need in depth analysis of the effects of a particular bill under consideration.  Members consider 1700 bills in each 2 year session, so they can't have a good grasp of all of them.  Joan's grasp of the issues is the way she leads, she has been the “go to” legislator for well thought out analysis. When other legislators can’t get their head around an issue they come to Joan.  I have heard this from several legislators.  It is not enough to vote on the issues, championing issues is required.  Joan Buchanan is a champion.”


A primary will be held March 17.  The top two winners of the primary will go on to a special a General Election on May 19.  The seat will be up for election again in 2016.  The winner of the 2015 special election will be eligible to run for two more terms in the senate, which could mean that person could hold the seat for 91/2 years, the last 2 years they may be the senior most senator in the state.  (A lot of ifs)


The maps below show SD 7, AD 16 and AD 14.  About 3/4 of SD 7 voters are in AD 16, while about 1/5 are in AD 14.  Source of maps: Redistricting Partners

Final Drafts of Senate Districts: http://redistrictingpartners.com/archive/sd-final-drafts/
Final Drafts of Assembly District (with numbers): http://redistrictingpartners.com/archive/ad-final-drafts