| New faces in California politics
Voters backed six Democrats,
who will join the 80-member state assembly in January. New members are:
District 6: Joe Nation (D-Marin County), environmental activist
and member of the Marin Municipal Water District Board, who replaces
Kerry Mazzoni (D), termed out and widely considered to be a contender
for appointment as Gov. Davis's Secretary of Education.
District 11: Joe Conciamilla (D-Antioch), Contra Costa County
Supervisor, replaces Tom Torlakson (D), who won the state Senate seat
in Senate District 7.
16: Wilma Chan (D-Oakland-Alameda-Piedmont), president, Alameda
County Board of Supervisors, replaces incumbent Audie Elizabeth Bock
(I). Chan is the highest-ranking Asian-American woman elected to office
District 21: Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), Santa Clara county supervisor,
replaces Ted Lempert (D), who is termed out. An alumnus of Cal, he received
his master's degree in city planning and a law degree from Boalt Hall.
District 23: Manny Diaz (D-San Jose), San Jose City Council member,
will replace Mike Honda (D), who ran successfully for Congressional
District 15. Diaz is interested in diversity and issues of educational
District 24: Rebecca Cohn (D-Cupertino, San Jose, Saratoga, Los
Gatos), businesswoman, will replace Jim Cuneen (R), who ran unsuccessfully
for Congressional District 15.
New members of the
state Senate are:
7: Tom Torlakson (D-Antioch, Walnut Creek), assemblyman, who
replaces incumbent Richard Rainey (R). A graduate of Cal, Torlakson
has been interested in Berkeley's earthquake preparedness program and
Joining the U.S. House
of Representatives are:
(D-San Jose), assemblyman, who won Congressional District 156 and replaces
Tom Campbell (R), who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate. Honda is an
educator and has been supportive of UC issues.
(D-Pasadena), state senator, won Congressional District 27, beating
incumbent James Rogan (R). While in the Senate, Schiff served on the
budget subcommittee for education finance and was supportive of the
Davis (D-San Diego), assemblywoman, won Congressional District 49,
replacing incumbent Brian Bilbray (R). Davis is a Berkeley alumna, social
worker and strong supporter of education. The main campus of UC San
Diego and its medical center are in her district. "Susan Davis has been,
and will likely continue to be, very supportive of UC in Congress,"
said Steve Ardetti, assistant vice president and director of state governmental
relations in the Office of the President.
election bodes well for the university