While the race for the 20th California State Assembly District seat isn't as entertaining as , at least one major Bay Area news outlet is paying attention to our Assembly race, singling out Union City Mayor Mark Green as the candidate to watch.
In a Sunday editorial, the San Francisco Chronicle praised Green for being an experienced politician. Green, who's served as Union City's mayor since 1993, has also served as a president of the Association of Bay Area Governments and was a county transportation commissioner, making him knowledgeable on regional issues.
The Chronicle wrote:
His track record and unaligned politics make him instantly prepared for the challenges in Sacramento such as balancing an out-of-whack state budget, shaving down pension costs and spanning a partisan political chasm.
The newspaper also noted Green's party affiliation and dubbed him a "feisty independent," though Green was a longtime Democrat before changing parties in 2010.
Green is the sole independent in the race. Running against him are three democrats -- Hayward Councilman Bill Quirk, Hayward resident and Alameda optometrist Jennifer Ong, New Haven Unified School District board member Sarabjit Cheema -- and republican Luis Reynoso, a Hayward Unified School District trustee.
The Contra Costa Times, however, endorses Quirk for the Assembly seat. They write:
We opt for Quirk in part because of the more effective leadership he and his city have shown controlling employee benefit costs.
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