Updated at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, November 13
Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta appears to be headed to the state Assembly, with Peralta Community College District trustee Abel Guillen conceding the race. With over 100,000 late absentee ballots counted since the polls closed on Election Day and more provisional ballots tallied Monday, the lead Bonta has held since vote tallying began stood at 70,745 votes, or 51.09 percent, to Guillen's 67,716 votes, or 48.91 percent.
Voters who are deciding on a new state Assembly rep for Alameda this fall are facing a choice between two self-styled progressive Democrats whose stances on major issues are nearly identical. But interviews, candidate forums and questionnaires for local Democratic organizations reviewed by The Alamedan revealed some key differences between Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta and Peralta Community College District Trustee Abel Guillen, who are running to replace a termed-out Sandré Swanson.
The two candidates vying for termed-out Assemblyman Sandré Swanson’s seat have raised more than $660,000 for their primary and general election campaigns, with much of the money coming from their professional bases and from public employee unions.
A reader e-mailed us the other day to request that we check into claims the three Democratic candidates for the Assembly District 18 seat have made on campaign mailers hitting mailboxes over these last several weeks. So just in time for Tuesday’s election, we deconstruct some claims made by candidates Rob Bonta, Abel Guillen and Joel Young.
CLAIMS: Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta says he “worked with the Obama Administration to acquire the Alameda Point property" and "helped deliver to the East Bay an economic development project that will create up to 9,000 good jobs." He also "helped secure $84 million in local education funding.”