Steve Glazer, the mayor of Orinda who made a name for himself in the wider Bay Area with his call for a ban on public transit strikes during BART's 2013 labor troubles, has won a bitterly contested race to the state Senate against fellow Democrat Susan Bonilla of Concord.
The result of the special election to fill a seat formerly held by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier wasn't close, with Glazer winning 54.6 percent of the vote. Turnout was low, with 22 percent of the district's 489,000 registered voters casting ballots.
The race got more than passing attention because it featured a moderate allied with business interests -- Glazer -- against an Assembly incumbent with strong support from labor -- Bonilla.
Contra Costa Times reporter Matthew Artz summarizes the funding that each candidate drew:
"The California Chamber of Commerce, charter school advocates and Manhattan Beach millionaire Bill Bloomfield spent nearly $4 million since the March 17 primary election on behalf of Glazer, who was far more provocative in his critiques of organized labor than most moderate Democrats. Meanwhile, union-affiliated groups spent a similar sum trying to keep their adversary" from winning the seat.
As KQED's John Myers wrote before the March primary for the seat, many observers felt the district's Republican voters might decide which Democrat won Tuesday's race.