Wednesday, June 9, 2010

June 2010 Primary Election Roundup: Chan Wins, Kolakowski in Runoff

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 7:06 AM

The twenty races we’ve been watching:


1. Wilma Chan won a seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, representing parts of Oakland, along with Alameda and San Leandro. The former Assemblywoman defeated Alameda Mayor Bev Johnson 54.6 percent to 30.8 percent.

2. Victoria Kolakowski will be in a November runoff against Deputy District Attorney John Creighton for Alameda County Superior Court judge. Kolakowski, who would be the first transgendered superior court judge in the nation, received 45.1 percent of the vote versus Creighton’s 32.2 percent.

3. Berkeley’s Measure C, the swimming pool initiative, lost. The $22 million parcel tax measure fell short of the two-thirds vote required, garnering 60.4 percent of the vote.

4. Nadia Lockyer will be in a November runoff likely against Liz Figueroa in the race to replace Gail Steele on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. The wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer received 38.1 percent of the vote, while Figueroa, a former state Senator, got 24.9 percent.

5. The San Francisco 49ers easily won their stadium vote in Santa Clara — in a contest that may have also decided the fate of the Oakland Raiders. Santa Clara voters approved Measure J, 59.6 percent to 40.4 percent, opening the door for the Raiders to possibly join the Niners in Santa Clara in their new stadium.

6. Contra Costa County Assessor Gus Kramer won reelection with 53.5 percent of the vote. The Chevron-friendly candidate, Bob Brooks, finished third with just 14 percent.

7. Mark Peterson, a CoCo County prosecutor, will be in a November runoff for Contra Costa County District Attorney against Dan O’Malley, the brother of Alameda County DA Nancy O’Malley. Peterson received 47.6 percent compared to O’Malley’s 36.4 percent.

*One more: The $380 million bond measure for West Contra Costa County schools won with 62.2 percent of the vote. Measure D needed 55 percent to pass.


8. Meg Whitman will square off against Jerry Brown in the November governor’s race. Whitman defeated Steve Poizner in a landslide, 64.2 percent to 26.9 percent.

9. Carly Fiorina will face Barbara Boxer in the November US Senate contest. Fiorina hammered Tom Campbell, 56.3 percent to 21.9 percent. Tea Party fav Chuck DeVore came in third with 19.1 percent.

10. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will try to unseat Republican Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado in the November election. Newsom defeated LA Councilwoman Janice Hahn for the Democratic nomination, garnering 54.8 percent of the vote.

11. San Francisco DA Kamala Harris will square off against LA County DA Steve Cooley for state attorney general in November. Harris won the Democratic primary with just 33.2 percent of the vote.

12. Prop. 16, the PG&E measure that would have made it nearly impossible for cities to increase their renewable energy use, lost47.4 percent to 52.2 percent.

13. Prop. 17, the Mercury Insurance measure that would have raised rates for low-income drivers, lost47.8 percent to 52.2 percent.

14. Prop. 14, the open primary measure, won54.2 percent to 45.8 percent.

15. Prop. 15, the public campaign financing measure, lost as well, 42.6 percent to 57.4 percent.

16. Prop. 13, the seismic retrofit measure, won84.5 percent to 15.5 percent.

17. Larry Aceves likely will face Assemblyman Tom Torlakson in a November runoff for state superintendent of public instruction. Aceves received 18.8 percent compared to Torlakson’s 18.1 percent. State Senator Gloria Romero came in third with 17.2 percent and likely will miss the runoff.

18. Dave Jones will face Republican Brian Fitzgerald in November for state insurance commissioner. Jones won the Democratic Primary with 61.3 percent while Fitzgerald won the GOP nomination with 50.3 percent.

19. Richard Pombo, the former Congressman from Tracy who was known as one of the nation’s most corrupt politicians, lost in his bid to return to Washington, finishing third in the Republican Primary with just 20.8 percent of the vote. State legislator Jeff Denham, who had a famous feud with then-state Senator Don Perata, won the GOP nomination for the 19th Congressional District with 36.4 percent.

20. And California Republicans will not have to face their ultimate nightmare this fall, because “birther queenOrly Taitz lost to former NFL player Damon Dunn in the GOP race for secretary of state. Taitz, a fervent believer that President Obama was born in Kenya, garnered just 25.7 percent versus Dunn’s 74.3 percent.

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