Commentary: Lack of Solano Candidates in Assembly Race a bit Vexing

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There was a good article first run in the Fairfield Daily Republic on Monday and then run in the Davis Enterprise last night (Tuesday) on the 8th Assembly campaign and the lack of Solano County Candidates.

When the 2008 election occurs, it will have been 12 years that the 8th Assembly District seat has been held from Yolo County and unless something dramatically changes, that pattern may yet continue in 2008 as Yolo County Supervisor Mariko Yamada (Davis) takes on West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon.

Two-thirds of the voters in the district reside in Solano and not Yolo County. That advantage is somewhat reduced in a Democratic primarily where Yolo County is more heavily Democratic than Solano County and Yolo County voters come out in a higher percentage most of the time.

For example in 2002, the last time there was a contested primary in the 8th Assembly District and the last time the seat was open, just under 20,000 people voted in Solano County. Just over 16,000 people voted in Yolo County. There was still an advantage in Solano, but it was less than 4000 votes. Whereas Solano County had a 67% advantage in voter registration, it only had a 17.5% advantage in voter turnout.

Steve Hardy, the Solano County resident, did finish first in Solano County. But he only prevailed by 1700 votes over Lois Wolk and by 2900 over Christopher Cabaldon. In Yolo County however, he got wiped out receiving only 1925 votes whereas Lois Wolk received just under 8500 and Cabaldon just under 6000. Thus Hardy won small in Solano on his home turf so to speak but lost big in Yolo and finished third with 27.8% of the vote district wide to 41% by Wolk and 31% by Cabaldon.

The article interviews several Solano County officials and finds a general lack of interest by prominent officials in seeking a higher office.

First, Steve Hardy decided not to run this time after getting appointed head of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

“I was holding up the parade, waiting to see if I got this appointment, but that’s been three months and nobody has sallied forth… I wish they would. I believe there are a number of very fine candidates from Solano County that could have entered the race and they all chose not to.”

Vacaville City Councilwoman Pauline Clancy also declined to run.

Longtime Vacaville City Councilwoman Pauline Clancy said she has been approached in the past about her interest in seeking a higher office. She has declined and believes other county officials have made similar decisions.

“I’ve been asked many, many times to run for higher office and I have said I can do the most good for the citizens at the level that I’m at,” she said. “I have no desire to go to Sacramento in that quagmire.”

Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering:

“Among elected (officials), we all talk about it quite a bit,” said Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering, who spent 20 years as mayor of Suisun City. “I don’t know that I know the answer, but it’s not that it doesn’t go without discussion.”

He goes on to say:

Given Solano’s size and prominent, high-growth location between Sacramento and the Bay Area, Spering said he expects the county to the assert itself politically, although he added it was probably too late for someone new to become competitive in the 2008 Assembly race.

“At some point … I think you’re going to see a groundswell in local representation in the state Legislature,” he said. “Right now, Solano County hasn’t politically matured to that point.”

One potential clue into the reason for the dearth of candidates aside from just shear coincidence might however be that Solano County has been well represented in the Assembly regardless of the home county of their Assemblyperson.

Fairfield City Councilmember Jack Batson applauded currently Assemblywoman Lois Wolk for “doing her homework” on Solano County before her 2002 campaign.

“Lois has made herself visible for every possible occasion here… Before she ran, she was here asking lots of questions and I think she was pretty much up to speed.”

That visibility probably helped her narrow the gap enough in Solano County that she was able to off-set Hardy’s advantage there with a very strong performance in Yolo County.

It is probably not too late for someone to join the race, however, they will face two candidates that have been campaigning and raising money since January. Already, Cabaldon’s campaign has raised over $370,00 while Yamada has raised $140,000.

Nevertheless at some point you have to look at this as a market situation. If Solano County felt that they were being shorted in terms of representation, the politicians in Solano would put up a candidate and the voters would be clamoring for a Solano County candidate. That again does not seem to be happening.

So for now, Solano County is the sleeping giant, a fast growing county whose vote is split into two Assembly Districts but who has not asserted its power and strength even in a District where it holds an edge in terms of voter registration. Will it wake up this cycle or will it wait another six years to be heard? Only time will tell and a lot of that may have to do with how Cabaldon and Yamada are perceived. Outside of a few elected officials that have endorsed primarily Mayor Cabaldon, it is not clear just how much is known about either candidate.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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104 thoughts on “Commentary: Lack of Solano Candidates in Assembly Race a bit Vexing”

  1. Anonymous

    Also noteworthy to mention that in the 2002 primary election, there were 11,708 Solano votes for Wolk or Cabaldon, 8,160 for Hardy. That’s a 60-40% vote for the non-Solano candidate.

    The problem for Hardy was that he was known in Vacaville, but not Fairfield, Suisun or Rio Vista. In fact, I think Cabaldon may have won Rio Vista in that election.

    The Solano side gets news from SF networks and papers – which cover little of what is going on in the region. They may know people in their own city (much like Davis voters know people from Davis) but they don’t know anyone that come from more than a couple freeway exits away.

    Solano voters can be more socially conservative, as is being touted by Yamada’s recent poll. But they sure aren’t unified. They don’t know who Yamada is and only move to support her after she makes them aware of his “negatives.”

    Solano may be the key to the election because it is the only population that is really in play this coming June. But that doesn’t mean that they have any kind of ability to put forward a candidate from that area who can win.

  2. Anonymous

    Also noteworthy to mention that in the 2002 primary election, there were 11,708 Solano votes for Wolk or Cabaldon, 8,160 for Hardy. That’s a 60-40% vote for the non-Solano candidate.

    The problem for Hardy was that he was known in Vacaville, but not Fairfield, Suisun or Rio Vista. In fact, I think Cabaldon may have won Rio Vista in that election.

    The Solano side gets news from SF networks and papers – which cover little of what is going on in the region. They may know people in their own city (much like Davis voters know people from Davis) but they don’t know anyone that come from more than a couple freeway exits away.

    Solano voters can be more socially conservative, as is being touted by Yamada’s recent poll. But they sure aren’t unified. They don’t know who Yamada is and only move to support her after she makes them aware of his “negatives.”

    Solano may be the key to the election because it is the only population that is really in play this coming June. But that doesn’t mean that they have any kind of ability to put forward a candidate from that area who can win.

  3. Anonymous

    Also noteworthy to mention that in the 2002 primary election, there were 11,708 Solano votes for Wolk or Cabaldon, 8,160 for Hardy. That’s a 60-40% vote for the non-Solano candidate.

    The problem for Hardy was that he was known in Vacaville, but not Fairfield, Suisun or Rio Vista. In fact, I think Cabaldon may have won Rio Vista in that election.

    The Solano side gets news from SF networks and papers – which cover little of what is going on in the region. They may know people in their own city (much like Davis voters know people from Davis) but they don’t know anyone that come from more than a couple freeway exits away.

    Solano voters can be more socially conservative, as is being touted by Yamada’s recent poll. But they sure aren’t unified. They don’t know who Yamada is and only move to support her after she makes them aware of his “negatives.”

    Solano may be the key to the election because it is the only population that is really in play this coming June. But that doesn’t mean that they have any kind of ability to put forward a candidate from that area who can win.

  4. Anonymous

    Also noteworthy to mention that in the 2002 primary election, there were 11,708 Solano votes for Wolk or Cabaldon, 8,160 for Hardy. That’s a 60-40% vote for the non-Solano candidate.

    The problem for Hardy was that he was known in Vacaville, but not Fairfield, Suisun or Rio Vista. In fact, I think Cabaldon may have won Rio Vista in that election.

    The Solano side gets news from SF networks and papers – which cover little of what is going on in the region. They may know people in their own city (much like Davis voters know people from Davis) but they don’t know anyone that come from more than a couple freeway exits away.

    Solano voters can be more socially conservative, as is being touted by Yamada’s recent poll. But they sure aren’t unified. They don’t know who Yamada is and only move to support her after she makes them aware of his “negatives.”

    Solano may be the key to the election because it is the only population that is really in play this coming June. But that doesn’t mean that they have any kind of ability to put forward a candidate from that area who can win.

  5. Richard

    Solano voters can be more socially conservative, as is being touted by Yamada’s recent poll. But they sure aren’t unified. They don’t know who Yamada is and only move to support her after she makes them aware of his “negatives.”

    What is this about? Is this code for the fact that Cabaldon is gay???

    If so, is the Yamada campaign claiming that it will garner some Solano County support on the basis of being the “straight” candidate???

    Let’s hope not, that would be really horrible, even more so, if the Yamada campaign is deliberately attempting to court such support, especially for the purported “progressive” candidate.

    I really hope that I am misunderstanding what this is about.

    –Richard Estes

  6. Richard

    Solano voters can be more socially conservative, as is being touted by Yamada’s recent poll. But they sure aren’t unified. They don’t know who Yamada is and only move to support her after she makes them aware of his “negatives.”

    What is this about? Is this code for the fact that Cabaldon is gay???

    If so, is the Yamada campaign claiming that it will garner some Solano County support on the basis of being the “straight” candidate???

    Let’s hope not, that would be really horrible, even more so, if the Yamada campaign is deliberately attempting to court such support, especially for the purported “progressive” candidate.

    I really hope that I am misunderstanding what this is about.

    –Richard Estes

  7. Richard

    Solano voters can be more socially conservative, as is being touted by Yamada’s recent poll. But they sure aren’t unified. They don’t know who Yamada is and only move to support her after she makes them aware of his “negatives.”

    What is this about? Is this code for the fact that Cabaldon is gay???

    If so, is the Yamada campaign claiming that it will garner some Solano County support on the basis of being the “straight” candidate???

    Let’s hope not, that would be really horrible, even more so, if the Yamada campaign is deliberately attempting to court such support, especially for the purported “progressive” candidate.

    I really hope that I am misunderstanding what this is about.

    –Richard Estes

  8. Richard

    Solano voters can be more socially conservative, as is being touted by Yamada’s recent poll. But they sure aren’t unified. They don’t know who Yamada is and only move to support her after she makes them aware of his “negatives.”

    What is this about? Is this code for the fact that Cabaldon is gay???

    If so, is the Yamada campaign claiming that it will garner some Solano County support on the basis of being the “straight” candidate???

    Let’s hope not, that would be really horrible, even more so, if the Yamada campaign is deliberately attempting to court such support, especially for the purported “progressive” candidate.

    I really hope that I am misunderstanding what this is about.

    –Richard Estes

  9. localdem

    The article DPD quotes is odd. Neither Clancy nor Spering are Democrats, so neither could run in a primary against Cabaldon and Yamada Not sure who didn’t do their homework, DPD or the original writer, but the blog implies either had the potential of jumping in.

  10. localdem

    The article DPD quotes is odd. Neither Clancy nor Spering are Democrats, so neither could run in a primary against Cabaldon and Yamada Not sure who didn’t do their homework, DPD or the original writer, but the blog implies either had the potential of jumping in.

  11. localdem

    The article DPD quotes is odd. Neither Clancy nor Spering are Democrats, so neither could run in a primary against Cabaldon and Yamada Not sure who didn’t do their homework, DPD or the original writer, but the blog implies either had the potential of jumping in.

  12. localdem

    The article DPD quotes is odd. Neither Clancy nor Spering are Democrats, so neither could run in a primary against Cabaldon and Yamada Not sure who didn’t do their homework, DPD or the original writer, but the blog implies either had the potential of jumping in.

  13. Doug Paul Davis

    Localdem:

    I appreciate that comment, I did not check the registration of those individuals (nor was I that familiar with them to begin with to know their party), I pulled the quotes out of the original article. That’s actually rather mindboggling reading those quotes now.

    If these individuals are not Democrats, that casts serious doubt into the article.

  14. Doug Paul Davis

    Localdem:

    I appreciate that comment, I did not check the registration of those individuals (nor was I that familiar with them to begin with to know their party), I pulled the quotes out of the original article. That’s actually rather mindboggling reading those quotes now.

    If these individuals are not Democrats, that casts serious doubt into the article.

  15. Doug Paul Davis

    Localdem:

    I appreciate that comment, I did not check the registration of those individuals (nor was I that familiar with them to begin with to know their party), I pulled the quotes out of the original article. That’s actually rather mindboggling reading those quotes now.

    If these individuals are not Democrats, that casts serious doubt into the article.

  16. Doug Paul Davis

    Localdem:

    I appreciate that comment, I did not check the registration of those individuals (nor was I that familiar with them to begin with to know their party), I pulled the quotes out of the original article. That’s actually rather mindboggling reading those quotes now.

    If these individuals are not Democrats, that casts serious doubt into the article.

  17. Anonymous

    Didn’t think it implied Spering was a candidate, just a political insider.

    It does make me wonder why the current Assembly candidates are not spending more time in Solano County? Seems like it would be ripe for them to reach voters who are not familiar with either candidate.

  18. Anonymous

    Didn’t think it implied Spering was a candidate, just a political insider.

    It does make me wonder why the current Assembly candidates are not spending more time in Solano County? Seems like it would be ripe for them to reach voters who are not familiar with either candidate.

  19. Anonymous

    Didn’t think it implied Spering was a candidate, just a political insider.

    It does make me wonder why the current Assembly candidates are not spending more time in Solano County? Seems like it would be ripe for them to reach voters who are not familiar with either candidate.

  20. Anonymous

    Didn’t think it implied Spering was a candidate, just a political insider.

    It does make me wonder why the current Assembly candidates are not spending more time in Solano County? Seems like it would be ripe for them to reach voters who are not familiar with either candidate.

  21. Anonymous

    I was checking out both candidates websites, and was looking at Solano County support for both candidates. Here it is, straight from the sites:

    Cabaldon:
    Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher
    Former Assemblyman, 8th District, Tom Hannigan
    Solano County Treasurer/Tax Collector/Clerk Charles Lomeli
    Solano County Assessor/Recorder Marc Tonnesen
    Solano County Supervisor John Silva, Vice-Chair
    Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering
    Former Solano County Supervisor Duane Kromm
    Former Solano County Supervisor Larry Asera

    Fairfield Mayor Harry Price
    Fairfield Vice Mayor Jack Batson
    Fairfield Councilmember Marilyn Farley
    Fairfield Councilmember John Mraz

    Suisun City Mayor Pete Sanchez
    Suisun City Councilman Michael Segala

    Dixon City Councilmember Jack Batchelor
    Former Dixon City Councilmember Herb Cross

    Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Board President Gary Falati (former Mayor of Fairfield)

    Solano Community College Trustee Dr. Tony Ubalde
    Solano Community College Trustee Denis Honeychurch
    Solano Community College Trustee Phil McCaffrey

    Solano County Board of Education Trustee Jose Briseno
    Solano County Board of Education Trustee Doug Ford

    Dixon School Board Vice President Shana Levine

    Former Rio Vista Mayor Marci Coglianese

    Former Vacaville City Councilmember Rischa Slade

    Former Fairfield-Suisun Unified School Board Member Abe Bautista
    Former President of Vallejo Unified School District Board of
    Education Rozzana Verder Aliga

    Robert Hertan, past President, Northern Solano Democratic Club
    Mel Orpilla, President, Filipino American Democratic Club of Benicia/Vallejo
    Irv Teranishi, past President, Northern Solano Democratic Club, past President, Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA)
    Mary Frances Kelly Poh, former President, Carquinez Democratic Club
    Phil McCaffrey, past President, Solano Community College Democratic Club
    Bob Hertan, past President, Northern Solano Democratic Club
    Shirley Hunley, past Chair, 8th Assembly District Democratic Committee
    Marie Johnson, President, Rio Vista Democratic Club
    Marlene Sarnat, Vice-Chair, Rio Vista Democratic Club
    Carol Turgeon, co-founder of Rio Vista Democratic Club
    Rosalind Malone, co-founder of Rio Vista Democratic Club

    Yamada:
    Deloris Roach, President of Northern Solano Democratic Club
    Jennifer Green-Hawkins, Member, Northern Solano Democratic Club
    Joe Moore, Member, Northern Solano Democratic Club
    Mayrene Bates, Trustee, Solano County Board of Education
    Stephen Murphy, Member, Solano Community College Board
    Pauline Clancy, Member, Vacaville City Council
    Jane Day, Vice Mayor, Suisun City

  22. Anonymous

    I was checking out both candidates websites, and was looking at Solano County support for both candidates. Here it is, straight from the sites:

    Cabaldon:
    Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher
    Former Assemblyman, 8th District, Tom Hannigan
    Solano County Treasurer/Tax Collector/Clerk Charles Lomeli
    Solano County Assessor/Recorder Marc Tonnesen
    Solano County Supervisor John Silva, Vice-Chair
    Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering
    Former Solano County Supervisor Duane Kromm
    Former Solano County Supervisor Larry Asera

    Fairfield Mayor Harry Price
    Fairfield Vice Mayor Jack Batson
    Fairfield Councilmember Marilyn Farley
    Fairfield Councilmember John Mraz

    Suisun City Mayor Pete Sanchez
    Suisun City Councilman Michael Segala

    Dixon City Councilmember Jack Batchelor
    Former Dixon City Councilmember Herb Cross

    Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Board President Gary Falati (former Mayor of Fairfield)

    Solano Community College Trustee Dr. Tony Ubalde
    Solano Community College Trustee Denis Honeychurch
    Solano Community College Trustee Phil McCaffrey

    Solano County Board of Education Trustee Jose Briseno
    Solano County Board of Education Trustee Doug Ford

    Dixon School Board Vice President Shana Levine

    Former Rio Vista Mayor Marci Coglianese

    Former Vacaville City Councilmember Rischa Slade

    Former Fairfield-Suisun Unified School Board Member Abe Bautista
    Former President of Vallejo Unified School District Board of
    Education Rozzana Verder Aliga

    Robert Hertan, past President, Northern Solano Democratic Club
    Mel Orpilla, President, Filipino American Democratic Club of Benicia/Vallejo
    Irv Teranishi, past President, Northern Solano Democratic Club, past President, Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA)
    Mary Frances Kelly Poh, former President, Carquinez Democratic Club
    Phil McCaffrey, past President, Solano Community College Democratic Club
    Bob Hertan, past President, Northern Solano Democratic Club
    Shirley Hunley, past Chair, 8th Assembly District Democratic Committee
    Marie Johnson, President, Rio Vista Democratic Club
    Marlene Sarnat, Vice-Chair, Rio Vista Democratic Club
    Carol Turgeon, co-founder of Rio Vista Democratic Club
    Rosalind Malone, co-founder of Rio Vista Democratic Club

    Yamada:
    Deloris Roach, President of Northern Solano Democratic Club
    Jennifer Green-Hawkins, Member, Northern Solano Democratic Club
    Joe Moore, Member, Northern Solano Democratic Club
    Mayrene Bates, Trustee, Solano County Board of Education
    Stephen Murphy, Member, Solano Community College Board
    Pauline Clancy, Member, Vacaville City Council
    Jane Day, Vice Mayor, Suisun City

  23. Anonymous

    I was checking out both candidates websites, and was looking at Solano County support for both candidates. Here it is, straight from the sites:

    Cabaldon:
    Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher
    Former Assemblyman, 8th District, Tom Hannigan
    Solano County Treasurer/Tax Collector/Clerk Charles Lomeli
    Solano County Assessor/Recorder Marc Tonnesen
    Solano County Supervisor John Silva, Vice-Chair
    Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering
    Former Solano County Supervisor Duane Kromm
    Former Solano County Supervisor Larry Asera

    Fairfield Mayor Harry Price
    Fairfield Vice Mayor Jack Batson
    Fairfield Councilmember Marilyn Farley
    Fairfield Councilmember John Mraz

    Suisun City Mayor Pete Sanchez
    Suisun City Councilman Michael Segala

    Dixon City Councilmember Jack Batchelor
    Former Dixon City Councilmember Herb Cross

    Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Board President Gary Falati (former Mayor of Fairfield)

    Solano Community College Trustee Dr. Tony Ubalde
    Solano Community College Trustee Denis Honeychurch
    Solano Community College Trustee Phil McCaffrey

    Solano County Board of Education Trustee Jose Briseno
    Solano County Board of Education Trustee Doug Ford

    Dixon School Board Vice President Shana Levine

    Former Rio Vista Mayor Marci Coglianese

    Former Vacaville City Councilmember Rischa Slade

    Former Fairfield-Suisun Unified School Board Member Abe Bautista
    Former President of Vallejo Unified School District Board of
    Education Rozzana Verder Aliga

    Robert Hertan, past President, Northern Solano Democratic Club
    Mel Orpilla, President, Filipino American Democratic Club of Benicia/Vallejo
    Irv Teranishi, past President, Northern Solano Democratic Club, past President, Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA)
    Mary Frances Kelly Poh, former President, Carquinez Democratic Club
    Phil McCaffrey, past President, Solano Community College Democratic Club
    Bob Hertan, past President, Northern Solano Democratic Club
    Shirley Hunley, past Chair, 8th Assembly District Democratic Committee
    Marie Johnson, President, Rio Vista Democratic Club
    Marlene Sarnat, Vice-Chair, Rio Vista Democratic Club
    Carol Turgeon, co-founder of Rio Vista Democratic Club
    Rosalind Malone, co-founder of Rio Vista Democratic Club

    Yamada:
    Deloris Roach, President of Northern Solano Democratic Club
    Jennifer Green-Hawkins, Member, Northern Solano Democratic Club
    Joe Moore, Member, Northern Solano Democratic Club
    Mayrene Bates, Trustee, Solano County Board of Education
    Stephen Murphy, Member, Solano Community College Board
    Pauline Clancy, Member, Vacaville City Council
    Jane Day, Vice Mayor, Suisun City

  24. Anonymous

    I was checking out both candidates websites, and was looking at Solano County support for both candidates. Here it is, straight from the sites:

    Cabaldon:
    Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher
    Former Assemblyman, 8th District, Tom Hannigan
    Solano County Treasurer/Tax Collector/Clerk Charles Lomeli
    Solano County Assessor/Recorder Marc Tonnesen
    Solano County Supervisor John Silva, Vice-Chair
    Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering
    Former Solano County Supervisor Duane Kromm
    Former Solano County Supervisor Larry Asera

    Fairfield Mayor Harry Price
    Fairfield Vice Mayor Jack Batson
    Fairfield Councilmember Marilyn Farley
    Fairfield Councilmember John Mraz

    Suisun City Mayor Pete Sanchez
    Suisun City Councilman Michael Segala

    Dixon City Councilmember Jack Batchelor
    Former Dixon City Councilmember Herb Cross

    Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Board President Gary Falati (former Mayor of Fairfield)

    Solano Community College Trustee Dr. Tony Ubalde
    Solano Community College Trustee Denis Honeychurch
    Solano Community College Trustee Phil McCaffrey

    Solano County Board of Education Trustee Jose Briseno
    Solano County Board of Education Trustee Doug Ford

    Dixon School Board Vice President Shana Levine

    Former Rio Vista Mayor Marci Coglianese

    Former Vacaville City Councilmember Rischa Slade

    Former Fairfield-Suisun Unified School Board Member Abe Bautista
    Former President of Vallejo Unified School District Board of
    Education Rozzana Verder Aliga

    Robert Hertan, past President, Northern Solano Democratic Club
    Mel Orpilla, President, Filipino American Democratic Club of Benicia/Vallejo
    Irv Teranishi, past President, Northern Solano Democratic Club, past President, Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA)
    Mary Frances Kelly Poh, former President, Carquinez Democratic Club
    Phil McCaffrey, past President, Solano Community College Democratic Club
    Bob Hertan, past President, Northern Solano Democratic Club
    Shirley Hunley, past Chair, 8th Assembly District Democratic Committee
    Marie Johnson, President, Rio Vista Democratic Club
    Marlene Sarnat, Vice-Chair, Rio Vista Democratic Club
    Carol Turgeon, co-founder of Rio Vista Democratic Club
    Rosalind Malone, co-founder of Rio Vista Democratic Club

    Yamada:
    Deloris Roach, President of Northern Solano Democratic Club
    Jennifer Green-Hawkins, Member, Northern Solano Democratic Club
    Joe Moore, Member, Northern Solano Democratic Club
    Mayrene Bates, Trustee, Solano County Board of Education
    Stephen Murphy, Member, Solano Community College Board
    Pauline Clancy, Member, Vacaville City Council
    Jane Day, Vice Mayor, Suisun City

  25. Anonymous

    Yes. Cabaldon is Gay. And Yamada supporters are glibly saying that this is the way to win the election.

    This was mentioned months ago when she announced in Woodland next to her endorser Artemio Pimentel who has repeatedly told people that “Cabaldon cannot win because of his ‘lifestyle choices'”

    Yamada is throwing this election away.

  26. Anonymous

    Yes. Cabaldon is Gay. And Yamada supporters are glibly saying that this is the way to win the election.

    This was mentioned months ago when she announced in Woodland next to her endorser Artemio Pimentel who has repeatedly told people that “Cabaldon cannot win because of his ‘lifestyle choices'”

    Yamada is throwing this election away.

  27. Anonymous

    Yes. Cabaldon is Gay. And Yamada supporters are glibly saying that this is the way to win the election.

    This was mentioned months ago when she announced in Woodland next to her endorser Artemio Pimentel who has repeatedly told people that “Cabaldon cannot win because of his ‘lifestyle choices'”

    Yamada is throwing this election away.

  28. Anonymous

    Yes. Cabaldon is Gay. And Yamada supporters are glibly saying that this is the way to win the election.

    This was mentioned months ago when she announced in Woodland next to her endorser Artemio Pimentel who has repeatedly told people that “Cabaldon cannot win because of his ‘lifestyle choices'”

    Yamada is throwing this election away.

  29. Mariko Supporter

    I think you’re taking pot shots. Mariko has NEVER made any anti-gay comments. That’s ridiculous! She may be opposed to Cabaldon’s points of view but it has nothing to do with him being gay. As a matter of fact I think he’s trying to get some mileage off of it. He’s gay. So what. So are many other people. Where does he stand on the issues.

  30. Mariko Supporter

    I think you’re taking pot shots. Mariko has NEVER made any anti-gay comments. That’s ridiculous! She may be opposed to Cabaldon’s points of view but it has nothing to do with him being gay. As a matter of fact I think he’s trying to get some mileage off of it. He’s gay. So what. So are many other people. Where does he stand on the issues.

  31. Mariko Supporter

    I think you’re taking pot shots. Mariko has NEVER made any anti-gay comments. That’s ridiculous! She may be opposed to Cabaldon’s points of view but it has nothing to do with him being gay. As a matter of fact I think he’s trying to get some mileage off of it. He’s gay. So what. So are many other people. Where does he stand on the issues.

  32. Mariko Supporter

    I think you’re taking pot shots. Mariko has NEVER made any anti-gay comments. That’s ridiculous! She may be opposed to Cabaldon’s points of view but it has nothing to do with him being gay. As a matter of fact I think he’s trying to get some mileage off of it. He’s gay. So what. So are many other people. Where does he stand on the issues.

  33. Strictly By the Numbers

    To Anonymous 5:10

    Apparently 5,278 have named Cabaldon at the ballot box last time around when he ran as a nobody in 02, just in Solano county alone.

  34. Strictly By the Numbers

    To Anonymous 5:10

    Apparently 5,278 have named Cabaldon at the ballot box last time around when he ran as a nobody in 02, just in Solano county alone.

  35. Strictly By the Numbers

    To Anonymous 5:10

    Apparently 5,278 have named Cabaldon at the ballot box last time around when he ran as a nobody in 02, just in Solano county alone.

  36. Strictly By the Numbers

    To Anonymous 5:10

    Apparently 5,278 have named Cabaldon at the ballot box last time around when he ran as a nobody in 02, just in Solano county alone.

  37. Anonymous

    I think it is shameful that Yamada would even mention in her poll that Cabaldon is gay. Why ask the question if you aren’t going to use the information? Mariko should explain herself. This is very troubling.

  38. Anonymous

    I think it is shameful that Yamada would even mention in her poll that Cabaldon is gay. Why ask the question if you aren’t going to use the information? Mariko should explain herself. This is very troubling.

  39. Anonymous

    I think it is shameful that Yamada would even mention in her poll that Cabaldon is gay. Why ask the question if you aren’t going to use the information? Mariko should explain herself. This is very troubling.

  40. Anonymous

    I think it is shameful that Yamada would even mention in her poll that Cabaldon is gay. Why ask the question if you aren’t going to use the information? Mariko should explain herself. This is very troubling.

  41. Anonymous

    The word gay was not mentioned in the article. Only until someone mentioned the “negatives” as a possible code word for “gay” did the discussion come about. If this was not an issue why bring it up? Are you the homophobe?

  42. Anonymous

    The word gay was not mentioned in the article. Only until someone mentioned the “negatives” as a possible code word for “gay” did the discussion come about. If this was not an issue why bring it up? Are you the homophobe?

  43. Anonymous

    The word gay was not mentioned in the article. Only until someone mentioned the “negatives” as a possible code word for “gay” did the discussion come about. If this was not an issue why bring it up? Are you the homophobe?

  44. Anonymous

    The word gay was not mentioned in the article. Only until someone mentioned the “negatives” as a possible code word for “gay” did the discussion come about. If this was not an issue why bring it up? Are you the homophobe?

  45. Anonymous

    Why isn’t anyone talking about how Cabaldon is allowing homes to be built in a flood zone to support his developer friends that have subsidized his campaign to the tune of $400,000

  46. Anonymous

    Why isn’t anyone talking about how Cabaldon is allowing homes to be built in a flood zone to support his developer friends that have subsidized his campaign to the tune of $400,000

  47. Anonymous

    Why isn’t anyone talking about how Cabaldon is allowing homes to be built in a flood zone to support his developer friends that have subsidized his campaign to the tune of $400,000

  48. Anonymous

    Why isn’t anyone talking about how Cabaldon is allowing homes to be built in a flood zone to support his developer friends that have subsidized his campaign to the tune of $400,000

  49. Anonymous

    Don Shor said…
    This thread seriously demonstrates the problem with anonymous postings.

    How do we know you are the real Don Shor? Anybody can post with that name under “Other?”

  50. Anonymous

    Don Shor said…
    This thread seriously demonstrates the problem with anonymous postings.

    How do we know you are the real Don Shor? Anybody can post with that name under “Other?”

  51. Anonymous

    Don Shor said…
    This thread seriously demonstrates the problem with anonymous postings.

    How do we know you are the real Don Shor? Anybody can post with that name under “Other?”

  52. Anonymous

    Don Shor said…
    This thread seriously demonstrates the problem with anonymous postings.

    How do we know you are the real Don Shor? Anybody can post with that name under “Other?”

  53. Don Shor

    Anonymous said…

    Don Shor said…
    This thread seriously demonstrates the problem with anonymous postings.

    How do we know you are the real Don Shor? Anybody can post with that name under “Other?”

    Happy now?
    Seriously, DPD, the problems with anonymous postings are just going to get worse as the campaign continues.

  54. Don Shor

    Anonymous said…

    Don Shor said…
    This thread seriously demonstrates the problem with anonymous postings.

    How do we know you are the real Don Shor? Anybody can post with that name under “Other?”

    Happy now?
    Seriously, DPD, the problems with anonymous postings are just going to get worse as the campaign continues.

  55. Don Shor

    Anonymous said…

    Don Shor said…
    This thread seriously demonstrates the problem with anonymous postings.

    How do we know you are the real Don Shor? Anybody can post with that name under “Other?”

    Happy now?
    Seriously, DPD, the problems with anonymous postings are just going to get worse as the campaign continues.

  56. Don Shor

    Anonymous said…

    Don Shor said…
    This thread seriously demonstrates the problem with anonymous postings.

    How do we know you are the real Don Shor? Anybody can post with that name under “Other?”

    Happy now?
    Seriously, DPD, the problems with anonymous postings are just going to get worse as the campaign continues.

  57. Anonymous

    Anonymous said…
    “It does make me wonder why the current Assembly candidates are not spending more time in Solano County.”

    Cabaldon has the support of prominent leaders in Solano because he is working the County. Dixon May Fair, High School Grand Opening in Dixon, Solano Economic Summits I and II in Fairfield, Building Trades Council reception in Benicia…all pretty highly visible events.

    Moreover, for two candidates that may be relatively new to the voters in the area, endorsements may play a greater role. For those of you that know Solano well – Cabaldon has secured all the big names.

  58. Anonymous

    Anonymous said…
    “It does make me wonder why the current Assembly candidates are not spending more time in Solano County.”

    Cabaldon has the support of prominent leaders in Solano because he is working the County. Dixon May Fair, High School Grand Opening in Dixon, Solano Economic Summits I and II in Fairfield, Building Trades Council reception in Benicia…all pretty highly visible events.

    Moreover, for two candidates that may be relatively new to the voters in the area, endorsements may play a greater role. For those of you that know Solano well – Cabaldon has secured all the big names.

  59. Anonymous

    Anonymous said…
    “It does make me wonder why the current Assembly candidates are not spending more time in Solano County.”

    Cabaldon has the support of prominent leaders in Solano because he is working the County. Dixon May Fair, High School Grand Opening in Dixon, Solano Economic Summits I and II in Fairfield, Building Trades Council reception in Benicia…all pretty highly visible events.

    Moreover, for two candidates that may be relatively new to the voters in the area, endorsements may play a greater role. For those of you that know Solano well – Cabaldon has secured all the big names.

  60. Anonymous

    Anonymous said…
    “It does make me wonder why the current Assembly candidates are not spending more time in Solano County.”

    Cabaldon has the support of prominent leaders in Solano because he is working the County. Dixon May Fair, High School Grand Opening in Dixon, Solano Economic Summits I and II in Fairfield, Building Trades Council reception in Benicia…all pretty highly visible events.

    Moreover, for two candidates that may be relatively new to the voters in the area, endorsements may play a greater role. For those of you that know Solano well – Cabaldon has secured all the big names.

  61. Anonymous

    The number of people that have actually seen the Yamada poll is about seven, so claims about its results, or methods are rumor – crafted in the case of anonymous 8:52 a.m. to disparage Mariko.

    Aren’t politics fun?

  62. Anonymous

    The number of people that have actually seen the Yamada poll is about seven, so claims about its results, or methods are rumor – crafted in the case of anonymous 8:52 a.m. to disparage Mariko.

    Aren’t politics fun?

  63. Anonymous

    The number of people that have actually seen the Yamada poll is about seven, so claims about its results, or methods are rumor – crafted in the case of anonymous 8:52 a.m. to disparage Mariko.

    Aren’t politics fun?

  64. Anonymous

    The number of people that have actually seen the Yamada poll is about seven, so claims about its results, or methods are rumor – crafted in the case of anonymous 8:52 a.m. to disparage Mariko.

    Aren’t politics fun?

  65. The Lion and the Tiger

    Well, if only seven people have seen the poll, then those seven, most importantly Yamada herself, are really talking up a storm about it.

    I have not seen the poll, but Yamada has told me that she is “winning.” I don’t know how anyone is “winning” at this point, as it’s not like votes have already been cast or tabulated, but that’s her spin.

    She also said that voters in Solano County have problems with Chris and that she will win there. That sounds a bit unlikely given that Cabaldon has all the major endorsements and has actually run and obtained votes in Solano before.

    It was later explained to me by one of the “supposed seven” that Cabaldon is slightly ahead on the first question of ballot preference, but there questions about different negative messages, including a statement about his sexuality, and that the final question about the match-up between Yamada and Cabaldon shows her ahead.

    This is a classic push poll. You ask the first question about who a voter supports, say the five or seven things that you think are ‘gotcha’ negatives, and then redo the ballot test. These are done for two potential reasons: 1) to help a consultant, in this case one of the old Lion’s of Demo politics, Bill Cavala, determine what messages drive voters to your candidate, and 2) to pass around polling numbers to show that your candidate can win.

    The fact that this poll didn’t have any negatives against Yamada suggests that it was less of a tactical document and more of a persuasion piece for Sacramento insiders, donors and lobbyists to show that Yamada could win.

    This could account for why more people are hearing about this poll – because she wants people to hear. But what people are recognizing is that this is just a facade. If the poll were balanced it could mean something, and if it didn’t have the gay questions then it wouldn’t be backfiring.

    In the end I think this will just be $15,000 that Yamada wishes she had never spent.

  66. The Lion and the Tiger

    Well, if only seven people have seen the poll, then those seven, most importantly Yamada herself, are really talking up a storm about it.

    I have not seen the poll, but Yamada has told me that she is “winning.” I don’t know how anyone is “winning” at this point, as it’s not like votes have already been cast or tabulated, but that’s her spin.

    She also said that voters in Solano County have problems with Chris and that she will win there. That sounds a bit unlikely given that Cabaldon has all the major endorsements and has actually run and obtained votes in Solano before.

    It was later explained to me by one of the “supposed seven” that Cabaldon is slightly ahead on the first question of ballot preference, but there questions about different negative messages, including a statement about his sexuality, and that the final question about the match-up between Yamada and Cabaldon shows her ahead.

    This is a classic push poll. You ask the first question about who a voter supports, say the five or seven things that you think are ‘gotcha’ negatives, and then redo the ballot test. These are done for two potential reasons: 1) to help a consultant, in this case one of the old Lion’s of Demo politics, Bill Cavala, determine what messages drive voters to your candidate, and 2) to pass around polling numbers to show that your candidate can win.

    The fact that this poll didn’t have any negatives against Yamada suggests that it was less of a tactical document and more of a persuasion piece for Sacramento insiders, donors and lobbyists to show that Yamada could win.

    This could account for why more people are hearing about this poll – because she wants people to hear. But what people are recognizing is that this is just a facade. If the poll were balanced it could mean something, and if it didn’t have the gay questions then it wouldn’t be backfiring.

    In the end I think this will just be $15,000 that Yamada wishes she had never spent.

  67. The Lion and the Tiger

    Well, if only seven people have seen the poll, then those seven, most importantly Yamada herself, are really talking up a storm about it.

    I have not seen the poll, but Yamada has told me that she is “winning.” I don’t know how anyone is “winning” at this point, as it’s not like votes have already been cast or tabulated, but that’s her spin.

    She also said that voters in Solano County have problems with Chris and that she will win there. That sounds a bit unlikely given that Cabaldon has all the major endorsements and has actually run and obtained votes in Solano before.

    It was later explained to me by one of the “supposed seven” that Cabaldon is slightly ahead on the first question of ballot preference, but there questions about different negative messages, including a statement about his sexuality, and that the final question about the match-up between Yamada and Cabaldon shows her ahead.

    This is a classic push poll. You ask the first question about who a voter supports, say the five or seven things that you think are ‘gotcha’ negatives, and then redo the ballot test. These are done for two potential reasons: 1) to help a consultant, in this case one of the old Lion’s of Demo politics, Bill Cavala, determine what messages drive voters to your candidate, and 2) to pass around polling numbers to show that your candidate can win.

    The fact that this poll didn’t have any negatives against Yamada suggests that it was less of a tactical document and more of a persuasion piece for Sacramento insiders, donors and lobbyists to show that Yamada could win.

    This could account for why more people are hearing about this poll – because she wants people to hear. But what people are recognizing is that this is just a facade. If the poll were balanced it could mean something, and if it didn’t have the gay questions then it wouldn’t be backfiring.

    In the end I think this will just be $15,000 that Yamada wishes she had never spent.

  68. The Lion and the Tiger

    Well, if only seven people have seen the poll, then those seven, most importantly Yamada herself, are really talking up a storm about it.

    I have not seen the poll, but Yamada has told me that she is “winning.” I don’t know how anyone is “winning” at this point, as it’s not like votes have already been cast or tabulated, but that’s her spin.

    She also said that voters in Solano County have problems with Chris and that she will win there. That sounds a bit unlikely given that Cabaldon has all the major endorsements and has actually run and obtained votes in Solano before.

    It was later explained to me by one of the “supposed seven” that Cabaldon is slightly ahead on the first question of ballot preference, but there questions about different negative messages, including a statement about his sexuality, and that the final question about the match-up between Yamada and Cabaldon shows her ahead.

    This is a classic push poll. You ask the first question about who a voter supports, say the five or seven things that you think are ‘gotcha’ negatives, and then redo the ballot test. These are done for two potential reasons: 1) to help a consultant, in this case one of the old Lion’s of Demo politics, Bill Cavala, determine what messages drive voters to your candidate, and 2) to pass around polling numbers to show that your candidate can win.

    The fact that this poll didn’t have any negatives against Yamada suggests that it was less of a tactical document and more of a persuasion piece for Sacramento insiders, donors and lobbyists to show that Yamada could win.

    This could account for why more people are hearing about this poll – because she wants people to hear. But what people are recognizing is that this is just a facade. If the poll were balanced it could mean something, and if it didn’t have the gay questions then it wouldn’t be backfiring.

    In the end I think this will just be $15,000 that Yamada wishes she had never spent.

  69. Anonymous

    If Mariko didn’t ask the “gay question” she or her representative could easily come on here and say so. The fact that she hasn’t done so confirms to me that she probably did ask the question. (She and her representatives have posted on this blog often before to refute false statements.)

    In addition to the “seven or so people” there are the 400 or so people who were called in the survey. I have heard from two of them who said they were told Cabaldon is gay.

    Mariko, please explain. You are an honest person and I think most people would accept your comments as truthful.

  70. Anonymous

    If Mariko didn’t ask the “gay question” she or her representative could easily come on here and say so. The fact that she hasn’t done so confirms to me that she probably did ask the question. (She and her representatives have posted on this blog often before to refute false statements.)

    In addition to the “seven or so people” there are the 400 or so people who were called in the survey. I have heard from two of them who said they were told Cabaldon is gay.

    Mariko, please explain. You are an honest person and I think most people would accept your comments as truthful.

  71. Anonymous

    If Mariko didn’t ask the “gay question” she or her representative could easily come on here and say so. The fact that she hasn’t done so confirms to me that she probably did ask the question. (She and her representatives have posted on this blog often before to refute false statements.)

    In addition to the “seven or so people” there are the 400 or so people who were called in the survey. I have heard from two of them who said they were told Cabaldon is gay.

    Mariko, please explain. You are an honest person and I think most people would accept your comments as truthful.

  72. Anonymous

    If Mariko didn’t ask the “gay question” she or her representative could easily come on here and say so. The fact that she hasn’t done so confirms to me that she probably did ask the question. (She and her representatives have posted on this blog often before to refute false statements.)

    In addition to the “seven or so people” there are the 400 or so people who were called in the survey. I have heard from two of them who said they were told Cabaldon is gay.

    Mariko, please explain. You are an honest person and I think most people would accept your comments as truthful.

  73. Anonymous

    Lion/Tiger,

    Your facts are jumbled and therefore throwing your conclusions off, but something tells me that doesn’t bother you one bit.

    Also, you’re overpaying for polling. Maybe try shopping around?

    As for the gay question, it was not in the Yamada poll. There is more than one candidate in this race, so just becasue a respondant believes they were asked about sexual orientation, doesn’t mean they were participants in the Yamada poll.

  74. Anonymous

    Lion/Tiger,

    Your facts are jumbled and therefore throwing your conclusions off, but something tells me that doesn’t bother you one bit.

    Also, you’re overpaying for polling. Maybe try shopping around?

    As for the gay question, it was not in the Yamada poll. There is more than one candidate in this race, so just becasue a respondant believes they were asked about sexual orientation, doesn’t mean they were participants in the Yamada poll.

  75. Anonymous

    Lion/Tiger,

    Your facts are jumbled and therefore throwing your conclusions off, but something tells me that doesn’t bother you one bit.

    Also, you’re overpaying for polling. Maybe try shopping around?

    As for the gay question, it was not in the Yamada poll. There is more than one candidate in this race, so just becasue a respondant believes they were asked about sexual orientation, doesn’t mean they were participants in the Yamada poll.

  76. Anonymous

    Lion/Tiger,

    Your facts are jumbled and therefore throwing your conclusions off, but something tells me that doesn’t bother you one bit.

    Also, you’re overpaying for polling. Maybe try shopping around?

    As for the gay question, it was not in the Yamada poll. There is more than one candidate in this race, so just becasue a respondant believes they were asked about sexual orientation, doesn’t mean they were participants in the Yamada poll.

  77. Anonymous

    How do we know whether Anonymous 2:00pm knows what was in the poll or not in the poll? We don’t. Only Mariko and her people know for sure.

    We should hear from them. Mariko????? Where are you?????

  78. Anonymous

    How do we know whether Anonymous 2:00pm knows what was in the poll or not in the poll? We don’t. Only Mariko and her people know for sure.

    We should hear from them. Mariko????? Where are you?????

  79. Anonymous

    How do we know whether Anonymous 2:00pm knows what was in the poll or not in the poll? We don’t. Only Mariko and her people know for sure.

    We should hear from them. Mariko????? Where are you?????

  80. Anonymous

    How do we know whether Anonymous 2:00pm knows what was in the poll or not in the poll? We don’t. Only Mariko and her people know for sure.

    We should hear from them. Mariko????? Where are you?????

  81. Anonymous

    Maybe the reason Christopher is not doing very well in the polls is the fact that he is irresonsibly allowing his developer friends to put people in harms way in a flood plane–check out surf-putah blog or recent bee editorial

  82. Anonymous

    Maybe the reason Christopher is not doing very well in the polls is the fact that he is irresonsibly allowing his developer friends to put people in harms way in a flood plane–check out surf-putah blog or recent bee editorial

  83. Anonymous

    Maybe the reason Christopher is not doing very well in the polls is the fact that he is irresonsibly allowing his developer friends to put people in harms way in a flood plane–check out surf-putah blog or recent bee editorial

  84. Anonymous

    Maybe the reason Christopher is not doing very well in the polls is the fact that he is irresonsibly allowing his developer friends to put people in harms way in a flood plane–check out surf-putah blog or recent bee editorial

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