Assembly District 18

Rob Bonta and David Erlich are running for the 18th District California Assembly seat representing Alameda, San Leandro and much of Oakland. Berkeley-based nonprofit MapLight has compiled details on the candidates' background and fundraising, which we've embedded below (click on the candidate picture to get their details).

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A quiet race for the 18th Assembly District seat translated into a polite - if predictably partisan - debate Tuesday during a League of Women Voters forum.

Challenger David Erlich, who has never held public office, admitted that he decided to run because incumbent Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, had no challengers. Erlich said that to his knowledge, the last Republican to challenge the seat didn’t show up to debates. The district - which includes Alameda, San Leandro and Oakland - is dominated by Democrats, with about eight percent of voters registered as Republicans.

Candidates for an array of local races are beginning to stake their claims for a place on the November ballot.

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.

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.”