Oakley’s First Look at “Official” Candidates and Ballot

Now that the filing period has expired as of 5:00 pm yesterday, here is a look at some races and ballots that Oakley will get to decide on June 5, 2012.

Lisa Vorderbruggen gave a very nice roundup of the East Bay ballots as the filings as she covered the entire area–below I just covered what applies to Oakley.   I’d encourage you to click on the link to her article as it was nicely done.


Here is a list of races and the ballots Oakley will get to decide on.

Assembly District 11 (No incumbent)

  • Jim Frazier, Dem.
  • Patricia Hernandez, Dem.
  • Gene Gantt, Dem.
  • Len Augustine, nonpartisan.
  • Mike Hudson, Rep.
  • Charles Kingeter, Dem.

By far my favorite race in all of California and I have a feeling that silly season will soon lead to headlines in the newspapers as with this many candidates; the goal will be to take a couple out quickly.  I do not believe this race will stay “clean” very much longer.

Charles Kingeter entered the race last minute as the surprise and my thoughts are that if he cannot win a mayor race in Suisun City, he probably should not be running for State Assembly. Having two candidates from Suisun City (28,000) does neither Mike Hudson nor Mr. Kingeter any good as they likely now split that city vote if neither drops out before June 5.

As for Len Augustine and Gene Gantt, both have been very quiet with little news getting out to the public and appear content working behind the scenes. We will no more about all six of these candidates when their financials are next reported.  This is still Oakley Councilman Jim Frazier’s race to lose.


  • Mark DeSaulnier, Dem. (i)
  • Mark Meuser, Rep.

This one came out of nowhere as it had looked like Mark DeSaulnier would run unopposed. Mr. Meuser has a very hard road to travel jumping in this late with very little name recognition.  In speaking with him last week, he understands this will be difficult but he has  the tools to make this a competitive race once he makes his platform available to the public as he is a very likable candidate.


  • Jerry McNerney, Dem., (i)
  • John McDonald, Rep.
  • Ricky Gill, Rep.

I really do not see this one as close. McNerney walks away with another term.


  • Board of Supervisors, District 2:
    • Sean White of Lafayette,
    • Candace Andersen of Danville
    • Tomi Van de Brooke of Orinda.
    • (Filing deadline extended to March 14 as incumbent Gayle Uilkema did not seek re-election
  • Board of Supervisors, District 3: Mary Nejedly Piepho of Discovery Bay (i)
  • Board of Supervisors, District 5: Federal Glover of Pittsburg (i)

What is interesting here is that both Mary Nejedly Piepho (Oakley’s Supervisor) and Federal Glover now get a pass to another term. I can live with that, but Oakley and other cities in both Districts had better demand more attention now that they are not running a campaign—no freebies. They should be able to do more for our communities without the distraction of an election.


  • East Contra Costa Fire Protection District: Annual $197 per parcel tax to maintain fire service. Two-thirds vote required.

If the ECCFPD truly wants this tax to pass, they had better start acting like it because the reality is this has been the most poorly marketed initiative I’ve seen in a long time. There is still time to correct the message, but they had better do so immediately as lives are on the line should this fail.


About burkforoakley

I call it like I see it . I love my city, I love my community and I want what is best for the people around me. Do the right thing, I will support you. Do the wrong thing, I will oppose you!
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