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Alameda, Contra Costa, Sacramento, Solano Counties, CA September 1, 2009 Election
United States Representative; District 10 Voter Information

Term Ending 2010.

If any candidate receives a majority of all votes cast at the special primary election he or she shall be declared elected and the special general election shall not be held.

If no candidate receives a majority of votes cast at the special primary election, the name of the candidate of each qualified political party who receives the most votes cast for all candidates of that party shall be placed on the special election ballot as the candidate of that party. (E.C. 10706)

Results as of Sep 8 8:34pm
(2 Total Other Write-In Votes 0.0%)

One winner from each party goes to runoff on 11/3/2009

Candidates (Vote for 1)
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John Garamendi Click here for more information about this candidate 27,580 votes 25.7%

  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Lieutenant Governor/Rancher
  • BA, UC Berkeley
  • MBA, Harvard Business School
  • Create Jobs
  • Provide Health Care
  • Advance Education and Research
David Harmer Click here for more information about this candidate 22,582 votes 21.0%
  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Independent Businessman
  • The son of former California State Senator and Lt. Governor John Harmer
  • David began his lifelong involvement in politics at age four, when he walked precincts for his father, who won an upset victory in the 21st district.
  • After graduating with honors from law school at Brigham Young University, David went to Washington as counsel to a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate.
  • Upon his return to California, David served as a Fellow of the College of Public Interest Law at Pacific Legal Foundation
  • David was subsequently recruited to the prominent California law firm O'Melveny & Myers, where he established a successful practice.
  • David and his wife Elayne are also busy raising four young children in their East Bay home.
  • Government Spending - In the past year, federal spending has explodedI will fight for frugality and thrift in the expenditure of your tax dollars
  • The Federal Budget - I favor balancing the federal budget by reducing spending, not by raising taxes.
  • Health Care Reform - Any health care reform must first do no harm.
Mark Desaulnier 18,888 votes 17.6%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Senator
Joan Buchanan 12,896 votes 12.0%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Assemblywoman
Anthony Woods 9,388 votes 8.7%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Economic Policy Analyst
Chris Bunch 4,871 votes 4.5%
  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Small Business Owner
Gary W. Clift Click here for more information about this candidate 4,158 votes 3.9%
  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Retired Peace Officer
  • B.A. Political Science, U.C. Davis
  • Return to States Rights as Guaranteed by Constitution
  • Fiscal Responsibility, Audit the Federal Reserve
  • Individual Liberty, End Warrantless Wire Tapping
John Toth 3,340 votes 3.1%
  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Physician
David Peterson 1,671 votes 1.6%
  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Accountability System Owner
Jeremy Cloward Click here for more information about this candidate 552 votes 0.5%
  • Party: Green
  • Occupation: College Instructor
  • Universal Healthcare
  • Universal Education
  • Ending the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Reducing the Military Budget
Mark Loos 418 votes 0.4%
  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Small Business Owner
Adriel Hampton Click here for more information about this candidate 376 votes 0.4%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Investigator
  • Former San Francisco Examiner political editor
  • UC Berkeley graduate, Rhetoric
  • San Joaquin Delta College graduate, Communications
  • Save Civic Park, Walnut Creek, founder
  • Gov 2.0 Radio, founder and co-host
  • Modernize and fully fund public education
  • Provide a robust public health care system for all
  • Economic reform to protect working families and American jobs
Jerome "Jerry" Denham 309 votes 0.3%
  • Party: American Independent
  • Occupation: Insurance Agent
Mary C. McIlroy 272 votes 0.3%
  • Party: Peace and Freedom
  • Occupation: No Ballot Designation

Basic candidate data supplied by the Secretary of State. Order of candidates is random and changes daily.

Cable broadcast of 8/11/09 10th Congressional District forum.

  • Comcast will show the forum on Channel 28 in Walnut Creek, Channel 26 in Central CCC, and Channel 24 in East County on the following dates and times:
  • Saturday, August 15 @ 4:00 PM
  • Friday, August 21 @ 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 22 @ 4:00 PM and 9:00 PM
  • Friday, August 28 @ 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 29 @ 4:00 PM and 9:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 30 @ 9:00 PM
News and Analysis

Contra Costa Times

Info and video on candidates for District 10 election
(Video of the August 11, 2009 candidates' forum is at the bottom of the above page.)

Congressional District 10 candidate forums will air on community television

San Francisco Chronicle

14 contenders vie for Tauscher's seat

Money key in race to replace Tauscher

Open Calif. congressional seat attracts wide field

Tri Valley Herald

Special Election to replace former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher attracts 14 candidates

Fundraising tops $2 million in 10th District race

Congressional campaign hurtles toward outcome of District 10 race
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