Decision 2010: A look at the candidates 

The June primary ballot will set the stage for November showdowns for powerful national and state seats.

The most-anticipated primaries will be for governor, where two Republicans are running on their fiscal prowess while the Democrats seem to be coalescing around one prominent name.

In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer will find out who will be flanking her from the right when the GOP settles on a candidate in what is shaping up to be a tight fall race. 

Locally, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a San Francisco Democrat, is running unopposed, while John Dennis and Dana Walsh battle for the Republican ticket. U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, is running unopposed as Republicans Mike Moloney and Mike Thompson square off.

San Franciscans will have an eye on the state attorney general race since The City’s district attorney, Kamala Harris, is vying for the seat. They also will closely follow Mayor Gavin Newsom’s bid for lieutenant governor.



Leading up to the June primaries, voters closely watching the California gubernatorial race have seen a dogfight for the Republican ticket, as former eBay CEO and billionaire Meg Whitman launched an extensive and seemingly successful television ad campaign against GOP opponent Steve Poizner. Whitman led Poizner by 50 points in a recent poll.

While Whitman and Poizner are considered the front-runners, they aren’t the only candidates on the Republican ticket. Bill Chambers, Douglas Hughes, Ken Miller, Lawrence Naritelli, Robert Newman II, Chengzhi Yang and David Tully-Smith also have thrown their hats in the ring.

It’s been far quieter as of yet on the Democratic side, where former Gov. and current state Attorney General Jerry Brown has outlasted big-name opponents and is expecting an easy primary victory in June. But Brown isn’t alone on the Demoratic ticket. Other candidates facing off against Brown include Richard William Aguirre, Lowell Darling, Vibert Greene, Charles Pineda Jr., Peter Schurman and Joe Symmon.




Meg Whitman

Occupation: Businesswoman

Experience: Most known as the eBay chief who in 10 years grew the company from $4.7 million in revenue and 30 employees to $8 billion in revenue and 15,000 employees worldwide. Also held executive positions at Disney, Stride Rite, FTD and Hasbro.

Education: Bachelor’s in economics, Princeton University; master’s, Harvard Business School


Steve Poizner

Occupation: Businessman

Experience: Founded two successful technology companies in Silicon Valley, SnapTrack and Strategic Mapping Inc. In 2006, he was elected insurance commissioner for the state of California.

Education: Bachelor’s in electrical engineering, University of Texas; master’s, Stanford Business School




Jerry Brown

Occupation: Attorney general of California

Experience: Before being elected to current post in 2006, he served as California secretary of state (elected 1970), two terms as governor of California (1974, 1978) and two terms as mayor of Oakland (1998, 2002).

Education: Bachelor’s in classics, UC Berkeley; Yale Law School graduate



The June primary for U.S. Senate will be particularly interesting on the Republican ticket, since recent polls show that all three GOP candidates would compete well against three-term Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer.

Republican hopefuls include Carly Fiorina, ex-head of Hewlett-Packard, former Rep. Tom Campbell and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore.

Not long ago, Boxer was favored for a fourth term, but political fallout from health care reform and dissatisfaction with Washington, D.C., has put her seat at risk, according to pundits. Other candidates in the race include Robert Kaus, Brian Quintana, Al Ramirez and Tim Kalemkarian.




Barbara Boxer*

Occupation: U.S. senator

Experience: Became U.S. senator in 1993 after 10 years in the House of Representatives. Elected to a third term in 2004 with highest vote total for any Senate candidate in U.S. history.

Education: Bachelor’s in economics, Brooklyn College




Carly Fiorina

Occupation: Business executive

Experience: Former chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co. Started her business career as a secretary and went on to become the first, and to date, only woman to lead a Fortune 200 company.

Education: Bachelor’s in philosophy and medieval history, Stanford University; master’s in marketing, University of Maryland; master’s in management, MIT


Chuck DeVore

Occupation: Assemblyman and military reservist

Experience: First elected to California Assembly in 2004 and re-elected in 2006 and 2008. Worked in the aerospace industry for 13 years and served as a Reagan White House appointee in the Pentagon from 1986 to ’88.

Education: Bachelor’s in strategic studies, Claremont McKenna College; American University in Cairo, Egypt


Tom Campbell

Occupation: Economist and business educator

Experience: Served in Reagan administration as director of the Bureau of Competition in 1980. Served five terms as a congressman representing Silicon Valley districts. Was a state senator and director of finance for the state of California.

Education: Bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in economics, University of Chicago; Harvard Law School graduate



Three districts will be holding primaries for congressional seats representing the Peninsula. Incumbent and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, is running unopposed on the Democratic ticket in District 8, as are incumbents Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, in District 12 and Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, in District 14. Republicans John Dennis and Dana Walsh will face off for the District 8 nomination, and Dave Chapman and Ronny Santana will battle for the District 14 nod. Mike Moloney is running against Mike Thompson on the District 12 Republican ticket.

District 8

Dana Walsh (R)

John Dennis (R)

Nancy Pelosi* (D)

District 12

Mike Moloney (R)

Jackie Speier* (D)

District 14

RonnySantana (R)

Dave Chapman (R)

Anna Eshoo* (D)

* Incumbent


Samuel Aanestad (R)

Scott L. Levitt (R)

Abel Maldonado (R)

Yvonne Girard (R)

Bert Davis (R)

Dave Harris (R)

Mervin L. Evans (D)

Janice Hahn (D)

Gavin Newsom (D)

Eric Korevaar (D)



There is little expectation that San Mateo County will see a turnout in June akin to a presidential election, but this year’s ballot does include an always-spicy governor race and elections for three county posts that have been held by the same officials for more than 20 years apiece, said David Tom, elections manager for the San Mateo County Elections Office.

The posts include assessor-clerk-recorder, treasurer and the district attorney, he said.

“That’s a very unusual circumstance here in San Mateo,” Tom said.

Then again, candidates are running unopposed for two of those posts. Assistant District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe stands alone in his bid for district attorney, as does current county Supervisor Mark Church in his run for assessor-clerk-recorder.

The runoff for two seats on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors also may lure voters, particularly the seat that had been held by the departing Rich Gordon for 13 years, Tom said.

Gordon is now vying for the California Assembly.

Superior Court judge

Marta Diaz

Joseph C. Scott

Mark R. Forcum

Marie Seth Weiner

Barbara J. Mallach

George A. Miram

Richard C. Livermore

County supervisor, District 2

Daniel D. Kaul, business owner

Carole Groom *

County supervisor, District 3

Don Horsley, retired San Mateo County sheriff

Matt Grocott, San Carlos City Council member

April Vargas, Small-business owner

John J. “Jack” Hickey, Sequoia Healthcare District board member

Michael G. Stogner, parent

Assessor-county clerk-recorder

Mark Church, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors


Tom Huening *

District attorney

Stephen Wagstaffe, assistant district attorney


Robert J. Foucrault*

Stacie Lynn Nevares, Police Department analyst


Greg Munks *

Treasurer-tax collector

Joe Galligan, certified public accountant

Richard Guilbault, registered investment adviser

Dave Mandelkern, trustee, San Mateo County Community College District

Sandie Arnott, deputy treasurer

Schools superintendent

Anne Campbell, superintendent, Portola Valley School District

* Incumbent


Democrat, GOP committee races on the Peninsula

Democratic Central Committee and Republican Central Committee elections slated for the June ballot:

  • Members of the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee operate the county’s official Democratic Party headquarters. Twenty-five candidates are vying for seats in five districts for the June election.
  • Members of the San Mateo County Republican Central Committee operate the county’s official GOP headquarters. Twenty-eight candidates are vying for four districts in the June election.




Steve Cooley (R)

John Eastman (R)

Tom Harman (R)

Rockard Delgadillo (D)

Kamala Harris (D)

Chris Kelly (D)

Pedro Nava (D)

Ted Lieu (D)

Mike Schmier (D)

Alberto Torrico (D)


Mimi Walters (R)

Bill Lockyer* (D)

Insurance commissioner

Brian Desmond Fitzgerald (R)

Michael Villines (R)

Hector de la Torre (D)

Dave Jones (D)

Secretary of State

Orly Taitz (R)

Damon Dunn (R)

Debra Bowen* (D)


David Evans (R)

Tony Strickland (R)

John Chiang* (D)

Senate, 8th District

Doo Sup Park (R)

Jacob Hamlin (R)

Leland Yee* (D)

Assembly, 12th District 

Alfonso Faustino (R)

Fiona Ma* (D)

Assembly, 13th District

Eve Del Castello (R)

Laura Peter (R)

Tom Ammiano* (D)


Superintendent of Public Instruction

Larry Aceves

Karen Blake

Alexia Deligianni

Lydia Gutierrez

Diane Lenning

Leonard Martin

Grant McMicken

Daniel Nusbaum

Gloria Romero

Faarax Dahir Sheikh-Noor

Tom Torlakson

Henry Williams Jr.


Superior court judge

Seat 1

Ronald Albers*

Seat 2

Suzanne Bolanos*

Seat 3

Susan M. Breall*

Seat 4

Ellen Chaitin*

Seat 5

Bruce E. Chan*

Seat 6

Linda Colfax

Harry Dorfman

Roderick McLeod

Robert Retana

Seat 7

Ernest H. Goldsmith*

Seat 8

Teri Leatrice Jackson*

Seat 9

Richard A. Kramer*

Seat 10

Newton Jue Lam*

Seat 11

Donna A. Little*

Seat 12

Donald S. Mitchell*

Seat 13

Mary C. Morgan*

Seat 14

Ronald E. Quidachay*

Seat 15

Daniel Dean

Michael Nava

Richard B. Ulmer Jr.*

Seat 16

Carol Yaggy*

* Incumbent

Election: June 8

Poll places: Locations printed on back of sample ballot and voter information pamphlet, and at

Where to find nonpartisan info: League of Women Voters (; California Voter Foundation (; Easy Voter Guide (

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