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Redistricting Changes the Local Landscape

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The Citizens' Redistricting Commission has been good for California Democrats - the party stands to gain three to five seats in Congress and reach a two-thirds majority in the state Senate. This week we take a look at how the new maps impact Santa Clara County's representation in the State Assembly.  

 
Our county will actually have one less Assembly representative under the new plan. All six districts are up for election this year.  Another change is that the June primary will be "non-partisan," so all candidates are on the ballot together.  The following candidates have been endorsed by the Democratic Party in their races for state Assembly.   
  • Bob Wieckowski - Currently representing the 20th Assembly District, Wieckowski will run in the newly configured 25th, which now comprises less of Alameda County and more of the eastern half of Santa Clara County. Cities in the new 25th include Newark, Fremont, Milpitas, Santa Clara, and the Berryessa area of San Jose.    
  • Rich Gordon - Gordon, currently representing the 21st District, is running for the new 24th Assembly District. The new 24th stretches along the coast from Half Moon Bay toward Big Basin and then east to grab the cities of Woodside, Atherton and Menlo Park as well as Los Altos, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale in Santa Clara County.  
  • Paul Fong - Fong, an Assembly Member from the 22nd District, will run for re-election in the new 28th Assembly District. Slightly to the south of his old district, the new 28th comprises the cities of Cupertino, Saratoga, Campbell and Los Gatos.  
  • Nora Campos - Of all the local incumbents, Campos' new district (27th) is most like the one she currently represents, the 23rd. The new 27th stretches from the Alum Rock area in the north to Coyote Creek in the south, an area roughly bisected by Highway 101.   
  • Mark Stone -The current 27th Assembly District stretches from Santa Cruz and portions of Santa Clara County all the way to the San Luis Obispo county line. Its current representative, Bill Monning, is running for the State Senate this year. The new 29th Assembly District captures roughly the same portion of Santa Clara County to join with a coastal district that runs from Ben Lomond and Scotts Valley south to Monterey. Scotts Valley Democrat Mark Stone, currently a member of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, is running in this new district.
  • Luis Alejo - South County residents will belong to the new 30th Assembly District, which extends from Morgan Hill in Santa Clara County all the way to the southern edge of Monterey County. Alejo, who now represents the 28th Assembly District, will seek re-election in the new 30th. 

Assemblyman Jim Beall is termed out this year and will run for the State Senate, which works out well, since his old Assembly district, the 24th, is now largely subsumed by the new 28th.  His opponent in the Senate race is former Assemblyman Joe Coto.
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