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Former Brown adviser Steve Glazer joins race for DeSaulnier seat

Gov. Jerry Brown walks with then-adviser Steve Glazer, right, to a meeting with the League of California Cities on Jan. 19, 2011 in Sacramento.
Gov. Jerry Brown walks with then-adviser Steve Glazer, right, to a meeting with the League of California Cities on Jan. 19, 2011 in Sacramento. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Democrat Steve Glazer, a former adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown, will run in the crowded special election for an East Bay state Senate seat formerly held by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier.

“Voters deserve an opportunity to elect a fiscally conservative, independently minded representative who shares their belief in bipartisan problem solving,” Glazer said in an interview Friday.

Glazer, who last year finished third in a contentious and costly Assembly primary, pulled nominating papers Thursday and turned them in ahead of Friday’s 5 p.m. filing deadline, according to the Contra Costa County elections office.

Glazer is the third high-profile Democratic candidate for the 7th Senate District, where Democrats hold a 15-percentage point registration advantage over Republicans and more than a fifth of voters have no party preference. Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, and former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, declared their candidacies several weeks ago.

Glazer serves on the Orinda City Council and in 2010 ran the campaign that returned Brown to the governor’s office. Glazer remained an unpaid adviser to the Democratic governor for the first years of his third term. But he angered many in organized labor when he worked for business-backed campaign committees during the 2012 election and, later, came out strongly for a ban on transit worker strikes following the 2013 BART strike.

The 7th district has a total of nine BART stations, and Glazer said its residents depend more on public transit than in any other district. “Those eight days of strikes are seared in the memories of hundreds of thousands of Bay Area voters,” he said.

In two other state Senate special elections with March 17 primaries, former Republican state Sen. Sharon Runner cleared the field and will run unopposed for the High Desert’s 21st Senate District vacated by Rep. Steve Knight, R-Lancaster.

And in Orange County’s 37th Senate District, former Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach will face off against Assemblyman Don Wagner. Both Republicans seek to succeed Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Niguel.

Call Christopher Cadelago, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5538. Follow him on Twitter @ccadelago.

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