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Election season is heating up

Uploaded: Jan 2, 2020
The holidays may be over and 2020 is here, but there’s little slacking in the election campaigns.

Democratic presidential candidates spent the holidays courting voters in the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire with the first primary looming about a month away on Feb. 3.

For local candidates, it was equally busy. The quartet running to replace retiring Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty will have their big day March 3, about two months out.

The field includes State Sen. Bob Wieckowski, Dublin Mayor David Haubert, Dublin Vice Mayor Melissa Hernandez and Fremont Councilman Vinnie Bacon. If one candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, they will be elected—otherwise the top two will face off in the November general election.

It shapes up to be an interesting race with Bacon and Wieckowski boasting strong Fremont roots, while Haubert and Hernandez are certainly known in Dublin. The district includes Dublin and Livermore in the valley—Pleasanton is in Nate Miley’s district.

The primary also will be interesting to see what plays out for state Senate. Sen. Steve Glazer, who represents most of the Tri-Valley. He failed to win the party’s endorsement in his re-election bid last fall.

He’s drawn a progressive opponent from the left, Marisol Rubio, who likely will have plenty of support from labor unions. For the record, Rubio also didn’t win the endorsement.

Glazer based his successful election campaign on opposition to BART union strikes, a position that commuters welcomed and unions detested. Glazer worked across the aisle with former Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, holding a number of listening events with her.
Baker was defeated in 2018 by Rebecca Bauer-Kahn because of a strong Democrat turnout in the off-year election. Bauer-Kahn being challenged by Republican Joseph Rubay so both will go through to the general election.
Given the likely heavy turnout from Democrats for the California primary March 3 that will be headed by the presidential race, it will be interesting to see if Rubio can get within shouting distance of Glazer. The top two finishers face off in the Nov. 3 general election. Republican Julie Mobley is the third person in the race.
The bulk of the district, 68 percent, is in Contra Costa County and Democrats enjoy a 43-23 percent registration margin with 28 percent at decline to state.
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Posted by Rich Buckley, a resident of Livermore,
on Jan 2, 2020 at 12:46 pm

Things you will likely never hear raised by any Congressional incumbent running for federal office in 2020:


Thorium Reactors replacing Nuclear Reactors and/or Conversion to Thorium Reactors (300 year half life, can't be used for Nuclear Weapons). In the 1950's scientists convinced our government to go with Uranium reactors because Thorium doesn't work for nuclear bombs. Everything stored in Yuca Mountain could be reprocessed with Thorium and used for energy cutting it's half life from 300,000 years down to 300 years. Imagine a reactor the size of your coffee table or smaller.

(2) HARDENING THE GRID: Hardening our power grid to withstand EMP attack or a CME- our Sun's Corona Mass Ejection. (This is a war fighting issue so it may have legs in the DOD.)

--- Cell Phone 5-G Health Hazards
--- Chemtrails or even Chemtrail Health Hazards
--- The Real Science of Climate Change

--- Conversion to US Treasury Dollars - It saves trillions in debt over the long run.
--- There's a lot we aren't taught about the cost of privately owned Federal Reserve and Federal Reserve Notes compared to printing and using US Treasury Dollars.

....And yet these are all greatly beneficial to the world.

The sad thing is, we do not notice the avoidance of these topics because the controlled media will not cover them. The media is owned by those who profit from the status quo. I call this corruption, the swamp.

Posted by Rich Buckley, a resident of Livermore,
on Jan 2, 2020 at 12:49 pm

Correction, Thorium can be used for bombs but the process is more involved than uranium rods reprocessing.

Posted by Eric Mills, a resident of another community,
on Jan 2, 2020 at 6:25 pm

Eric Mills is a registered user.

Would be nice to have another woman's voice on the Board. The sole female Board member, Supervisor Wilma Chan, has already endorsed Melissa Hernandez.

Me, I'd like to hear all the candidates' views on the county's many animal welfare issues.

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