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Glew, Becker lead in early results for contested state Senate race

Original post made on Mar 4, 2020

Early election results indicate that Republican Alex Glew and Democrat Josh Becker will be moving forward into the November elections in the race to represent California's District 13 in the state Senate.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 11:18 PM

Comments (15)

Posted by Gary
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 4, 2020 at 5:59 am

The article was way too early. Sally Lieber now (6am) leads Becker 25-24% with Glew coming unglued at 19%. In a runoff, Glew, the lone Republican, would have virtually no chance of winning. Republicans are 15% of the district. Still, maybe half of the votes have been counted. So, for example, there is still a chance that Foothill-De Anza's $898 million bond measure now at 57% will drop below the 55% required. The district's parcel tax at 60% will not likely get the two-thirds required for that type of tax.

Posted by Interesting
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 4, 2020 at 6:03 am

The backlash against the Democratic Party in California for becoming mindless shills for overdevelopment and trickle-down housing has begun, and will get a lot worse a lot faster if this is a drought year (speaking as a Democrat who voted for a Republican in another race, first one in a long time, and wish I had thought to take a closer look at Glew, over SB50).

We do have to do something about housing affordability and living wages for those at the bottom, but enabling the very source of the problem is not it (I would note that Michael Bloomberg recently said on 60 Minutes that in response to the potential threat of a pandemic, they have divided their operations to ensure their work isn't interrupted. Silicon Valley tech could take a hint from that, including that we have earthquakes, fires, and other threats, AND that it would be better for everyone if they spun off and moved the jobs rather than trying to continue their Once-lerian rolling over Silicon Valley.)

I doubt Glew's lead will hold, earliest ballots tend to be Republican-skewed. However, I am pretty sure his quotes in the paper over SB 50 had a lot to do with his success. It was a litmus test for all the Democratic voters in our household, all who don't want overdevelopment to become to Democrats in California what corrupted-religiosity has become to Republicans nationally.

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 4, 2020 at 8:26 am

The fact that this district is registered as Democrat is in part a DMV misguided effort to register people. The fact that voter registration is funneled through the DMV has produced people with multiple ballots which now has to be corrected. People are reporting that in the papers that they went to get a REAL ID and ended up with an additional ballot.

Be on note that people are fed up with this type of mismanagement of state agencies and state funds being voted on for one task and then switched to other tasks in the general fund.

People get voted in on party lines that have no clue as to running a business - or running a clean election process and state functions. Running a state is big business and requires educated people who have a proven ability to manage large projects. Feel good qualifications are not going to work here. And people riding on other people's coattails because of funding issues are clearly transparent.

Most voters are getting smart now on tracking starting and ending points of projects and who fails at producing results. Do not believe that voting "party lines" is going to be the norm for this area. We need smart people who can see the whole picture and make smart decisions.

Look at the qualifications on the candidates, what they are proposing, and how they will deal with the running of a state.

Posted by Eliminate The Progressives
a resident of another community
on Mar 4, 2020 at 8:35 am

QUOTE: In a runoff, Glew, the lone Republican, would have virtually no chance of winning. Republicans are 15% of the district.

It would be nice if POTUS/45 endorsed Glew as many former residents of this district reside in other parts of the state (i.e. Sierra Foothills & Central Valley) but retain their absentee ballots from the SF Bay Area since many of us are now landlords.

BTW...many Republican voters are praying, wishing & hoping that Bernie Sanders is the Democratic Presidential nominee for 2020.

And you thought Goldwater's 1964 defeat was bad? *L*

Posted by @Eliminate
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Mar 4, 2020 at 10:40 am

I wouldn't encourage anyone considering it to take your advice. If you are a landlord, unless you actually live in the house, you cannot legally vote from that address. What you're advocating is called voter fraud.

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 4, 2020 at 12:11 pm

Voter Fraud is the norm for California. I have heard pf poll workers who allow any one to vote without any credentials as to identity. A bunch of people so rabid for a outcome to their liking that try and make that happen by slight of hand.

Posted by Interesting
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 4, 2020 at 3:32 pm

It's hard enough to get people to turn out legitimately, a secret conspiracy to turn out a lot of people to vote under someone else's name is simply not credible.

More likely is absentee ballot mills, like the one a Republican in North Carolina was caught doing. Given that Republicans have been on the constant assault to overturn elections in the West, especially, it's far more likely that these are Republican shenanigans.

Especially since these days, if a Republican accuses someone else of something, more often than not, it's because they themselves are guilty of it and it's a way to deflect. Have a conversation with a Republican sometime, if you make a really good point about Republicans or their candidates, they'll accuse you of it two steps later, without any basis at all. The Republican Party has become completely untethered from any sense of honor or truth or concern for democracy or even reality. The fact that the Democratic voters in our household voted for one in the last election doesn't change that, it just means the Democratic candidate was that bad.

Competition, real competition, refines and hones, whether it's marketplaces, ideas, or politics. Republicans have utterly lost that ideal in favor of lying, cheating and selling their souls for power.

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 4, 2020 at 4:03 pm

Interesting comments from Interesting. In case you have not noticed your two emerging candidates are a communist and a person nearing age related "forgetfulness". And that does not bother you at all? Bernie is making all of these points against Biden about what he supported and he opposed. Guess what - the big ticket items have been dealt with by DT.

Paris Accord? - we were an ATM card for the EU and British Commonwealth countries who need to finance their own projects. No - we cannot influence them. They cannot influence each other.

Bad agreements which funnel money to other countries? NAFTA? Dealt with. Bernie is making DT's points.

Shake up the country? - Yes DT is doing that and it infuriates the D's because their money making projects which are self serving are out the door.
Every time a D makes an accusation it is in reality a deflection from their story book. HRC was / is the queen of that tactic.

And I did not say people were voting in other people's names - did you just make that up? The D party is not the party of your parents. It has morphed into something else.

Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 4, 2020 at 4:53 pm

>> As of 9 a.m. on March 4, Alex Glew and Josh Becker have

What are the updated numbers?

Posted by Yoriko
a resident of University South
on Mar 4, 2020 at 5:13 pm

Here's a link to the state website, which consolidates the two counties: Web Link It's still Glew and Becker as top two. Josh will be a great representative for us!

Posted by Midtown Local
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 4, 2020 at 5:37 pm

Curious what Brownrigg did with all that money of his (mom's). He sounded pretty decent at the debate, but I received zero literature from him. Did he only advertise in San Mateo County?

Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 5, 2020 at 10:53 am

Here is a link to the KQED elections section, which has some useful numbers:

Web Link

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 5, 2020 at 11:58 am

@anon, thanks for the link. That shows Glew with a slight lead over Becker which in a traditionally Democratic district should send a message to the high-density crowd.

Posted by From Silicon Valley
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 5, 2020 at 3:30 pm

We know Alex Glew professionally. He would be an asset to us as our State Senator.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 5, 2020 at 8:45 pm

We viewed the panel discussion of all the candidates that the Palo Alto Weekly Online newspaper held before the election. It was extremely helpful and is still online.

Alex Glew's responses stood out, among all the others. We knew nothing of him until we heard the candidates on the panel's question and answer format.

We voted for Glew and plan to support him, in November. We're glad he did well. We need more people with common sense as our representatives. Glew has common sense.

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