It will be a rematch between two long-time San Ramon Valley residents for the right to represent Galt and Thornton in the Assembly. Incumbent Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, will square off in the Nov. 2 election against San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson in the 15th Assembly District, which ranges from Elk Grove to North Stockton, then across the Delta to the Brentwood area and the Livermore and San Ramon valleys.
Buchanan defeated Wilson in the 2008 election by 53 percent to 47 percent for an open seat vacated by termed-out Assemblyman Guy Houston.
Buchanan serves on the Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review, Education, Transportation, and Utilities and Commerce committees, and chairs the Select Committee on Innovation and the Bay Area Economy. She also represents the Assembly on the Advisory Commission on Special Needs, and on the Early Learning Quality Improvements System Advisory Commission.
As an 18-year board member in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, Buchanan fought against education cuts in the state budget. On Oct. 11, she voted against a state budget proposal that would suspend Proposition 98, a 1988 bill that guarantees a state funding source for education.
Wilson said he will focus on stimulating profitable business relationships by creating private-public partnership, reducing regulations on businesses, ensuring that California is prepared for natural disasters, and securing the Mexican border.
Wilson also vows to improve public education so it is accountable to parents and employers rather than special-interest groups and public employee unions.
Other priorities Wilson cited are building new dams to increase the water supply, improving levees and prioritizing water policy to strengthen the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Northern California while meeting Southern California's needs.
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