DeSaulnier Gets a Free Pass


Would-be challenger Joe Canciamilla has decided to end his bid to replace State Senator Tom Torlakson of Antioch, in essence handing the Democratic nomination to Assemblyman Mark DeSaulnier, the Contra Costa Times reported. Unless another Democratic contender suddenly appears by today's 5 p.m. filing deadline, DeSaulnier will be the Democratic nominee and the likely next senator in this heavily Democratic district.