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Election Day Sheeple

Uploaded: Mar 17, 2015

Today is the Special Election for State Senator. I am not going to try to predict a winner. I doubt one of the candidates will receive more than 50% of the vote to be elected today. It will probably come down to the top two who will meet in a runoff in May.

I endorsed Steve Glazer and he has staked out a position to the right of the other Democratic candidates. I called Glazer's office to ask why, if he is running as the "Republican alternative," he isn't registered as a Republican. His campaign manager seemed surprised by the question, but I didn't get an answer.

So far most of Glazer's endorsements and support has come from Republicans. I won't try to predict which of the other Democratic candidates will be in the runoff, but I'm pretty confident Glazer will be.

Voters are often compared to sheep. I don't think we are sheep or "sheeple" as is often used in blogs. It's an annoying contraction. I'm not sure who originally coined it, but it has become way too overused.

Fiscal conservatives accuse easy spending politicians of "Fleecing the sheep." Maybe that's another incentive to elect Glazer, but it is also an easy segway to "Sheep Shearing Day." I'm trying to cover two completely unrelated subjects in the same blog.

I received an announcement from Isabel Lau that the San Ramon Historic Foundation, "Presents Sheep Shearing Day 2015," on April 18, from 11 am to 3 pm. The event is a fundraiser to restore the 160 year old barn at Forest Home Farms Historic Park, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon.

You can buy tickets online at srhf.org. There's a $2 discount for early bird pricing on tickets purchased prior to April 13th. If you don't want to buy your tickets in advance, you can buy them at the gate on the day of the event.

I used to give canning demonstrations for 3rd and 4th graders at Forest Home Farms. If you haven't been there yet, this is a great time to see how the first residents of San Ramon lived. There are exhibits of early farming equipment with original buildings from mid-19th century to the 1950's. It's worth the short trip to get there, and watching the sheep sheering will be fun for the kids.
What is it worth to you?


Posted by J, a resident of Downtown,
on Mar 17, 2015 at 10:20 am

Glazer should just become a republican and get it over with... He'd fit right in as Scott Walker's running mate.

Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Mar 18, 2015 at 12:01 am

San Ramon Observer is a registered user.

J & All,

You will get another shot at Glazer in May. He's leading with almost 33% of the vote. Susan Bonilla is second with almost 25%. The other three candidates split the remaining 42%. Web Link

Republican Michaela Hertle received 17% of the vote, even though she withdrew from the race and endorsed Glazer. The vote appears to be split almost exactly 50% to the right (Glazer & Hertle), and 50% to the left (Bonilla, Buchanan, & long shot Terry Kremin).


Posted by Harald Paul Arthur Balle, a resident of Alamo,
on Mar 18, 2015 at 11:16 am

Dear Ms. Rogoff,

There is nothing that is meaningful about this election with 20% approx turn-out. We cannot have any knowledge of the attitudes of the majority of eligible voters except their lack of interest in voting for any candidate.

Technically, WE, the people, lost this election by not making a majority choice. In our absence of a majority vote, "OTHER" as none of the above won majority interest.

That would be worthy of your words in the end of April as the vote-by-mail ballots arrive.


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