Rob Bonta and Abel Guillen Head to Runoff, Joel Young Eliminated



Rob Bonta and Abel Guillen are headed for a November runoff for the 18th Assembly District, after finishing first and second in yesterday's primary. Joel Young was eliminated from the race, after coming in third. Only the top two finishers go to the November runoff under California's new primary system.

  • Bonta
Bonta, vice mayor of Alameda, received the most votes, garnering 36.84 percent of the ballots. Guillen, a Peralta Community Colleges trustee, was runner-up with 27.94 percent. Young, an AC Transit board member, who came under heavy fire in the final weeks of the campaign for his questionable behavior, received 18.9 percent. Rhonda Weber, the only Republican in the race, came in fourth with 15.83 percent. Bonta and Guillen are vying to replace termed-out Assemblyman Sandre Swanson.

In the race for superior court judge, attorney Tara Flanagan came in first place with 48.99 percent of the vote, followed by Andrew Wiener, former chair of the Oakland Public Ethics Commission, who received 30.78 percent. As a result, it looks as if Flanagan and Wiener are headed for the November runoff — unless Flanagan can pick up a little more than 1 percentage point during the counting of late-absentee and provisional ballots.

In the 20th Assembly District race, Hayward City Councilman Bill Quirk and political newcomer Jennifer Ong are headed for the November runoff. Union City Mayor Mark Green was eliminated after coming in third. Quirk got 30.2 percent of the vote and Ong, an Alameda optometrist, received 24.92 percent. Green received 20.86 percent.

Among the local measures, Measure B, the Peralta colleges parcel tax, cruised to victory, garnering 71.67 percent of the vote. It needed two-thirds of the vote, or 66.7 percent, to win. But Measure C, the Alameda city sales tax hike, lost when it failed to reach the two-thirds requirement. It received just 50.29 percent of the vote.

Statewide, Prop 28, the term-limits-reform measure, won easily, taking 61.4 percent of the vote. But Prop 29, the tobacco tax for cancer research, appears to have lost after the tobacco industry spent a fortune trying to defeat it. Prop 29 currently has 49.2 percent of the vote. It needs to receive more than 50 percent to pass.

  • Guillen
In terms of raw vote totals, Bonta received 15,245 in the 18th Assembly District race, compared to 11,562 for Guillen. Young received 7,819 votes and Weber got 6,551. Turnout for the election was very low. It was just 21.9 percent in Alameda County, although that figure will likely go up a bit after all the late absentee and provisional ballots are counted.