Pleasanton Weekly--Pleasanton mayor, most on council endorse Glazer for State Senate

Pleasanton Weekly
March 2, 2015
By Jeb Bing

Candidate for State Senate Steve Glazer said Monday that he has secured endorsements from four out of the five members of the Pleasanton City Council.

Mayor Jerry Thorne and Councilmembers Kathy Narum, Arne Olson and Jerry Pentin have all endorsed Glazer in his bid for State Senate District 7. "I am honored to have the support of a majority of the elected officials in Pleasanton," said Glazer. "These leaders are working hard to keep Pleasanton an outstanding place to live and raise a family and it means a great deal to me to have their endorsements."

"Steve Glazer believes there should be local control on local issues," Thorne said. "He and I share the creed that government closer to the people is most responsible and accountable. He would make an outstanding state senator."

Councilwoman Kathy Narum agreed.

"Steve has the independence and experience to fight the powerful interests in Sacramento who want to steal our water, raise our taxes and usurp our local control," she said. "In this field of candidates, Steve is the clear choice."

Pleasanton Councilman Olson added: "I am supporting Steve because he has a proven record of taking important stands on issues most elected officials are afraid to touch," he said. "These include such issues as pension reform, making tough cuts to ensure a balanced (state) budget and opposing that outrageous BART strike.  He has strength of character," Olson said. "He is Independent. I am confident Steve can work in a bi-partisan manner in Sacramento."

Glazer currently serves as the mayor of Orinda and a trustee of the California State University 23-campus system.  

The State Senate District 7 seat is vacant following Mark DeSaulnier's election to Congress. Glazer, along with Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan and Terry Kremin -- all Democrats -- will face off in the primary election on Tuesday, March 17.

Michaela M. Hertle, a Republican, withdrew from the race shortly after the official candidate list came out, so her name will still be on the primary ballot. The top two winners in the primary will vie for votes again in the special election that has been called for May 19.