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Orinda City Councilman Announces Bid for Assembly

Steve Glazer said he will be an advocate for fiscal responsibility and education in Assembly District 16.

Three-term Orinda City Councilman Steve Glazer, an adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown, has announced his bid for state Assembly for the District 16 seat, now held by Joan Buchanan, who terms out in 2014. Glazer said he will focus on fiscal responsibilty and a "champion" of public education.

Glazer has twice served as Orinda's mayor, and is a policy consultant to Gov. Brown. 

His goal in state government, he said, will be to make it more accountable and more efficient.

“I want to continue the momentum for responsible fiscal management while enhancing support of our local schools and state universities,” Glazer said. “We need to eliminate roadblocks to economic revitalization and job creation and improve efforts to protect and enhance our environment."

Glazer, who 30 years ago developed the idea to putting photos of missing children on milk cartons, said the state's political system has been abducted by party extremists on both sides of the aisle. 

“For too long, the legislative process has been a captive of the extremes of both political parties. We need to elect problem solvers who can bring disparate interests together to forge a common ground,” he said.

Glazer has operated his own small business since 1989, serving as a consultant to companies, associations and elected officials on public policy issues. He has been an active fundraiser for local schools and open space preservation. 

Elected to the Orinda City Council in 2004, he has been re-elected twice.

Glazer is married to Melba Muscarolas, an AT&T executive. They have two daughters.

Chris Nicholson January 30, 2013 at 12:27 AM
If he is the most fiscally conservative person on the ballot, he'll have my vote. In the era of Dem supermajorities, I think the most interesting information to know about any candidate would be: on which important policy issues are your positions materially different than the existing majority in the Assembly (bonus point for listing prior party-line legislation that you would have voted against)? Nothing else really matters.
Sailndayz January 30, 2013 at 02:54 PM
An aide to Jerry Brown "will focus on fiscal responsibility", LOL
Linda Delehunt January 30, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Steve, Congratulations on your decision to run for Assembly. I do have one question, however. What will become of your promises to repair Orinda roads?
Dive Turn Work January 30, 2013 at 04:18 PM
I wonder how much name recognition he has across the district. Clearly, he has name recognition in Orinda and perhaps some in Lamorinda. It will be interesting to see what he does to get his name out there to the broader district. It will also be interesting to see who runs against him. I suspect I already know one overly ambitious person who will.
Valerie Sloven January 30, 2013 at 06:01 PM
@DTW - Do tell.
Eastofthehills January 30, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Sounds good I guess we'll have to see who the other candidates are before I can say yay or nay
Dive Turn Work January 30, 2013 at 07:35 PM
He's certainly in for a rude awakening if he moves from city council to a statewide office. People get fairly mean at the statewide level. It's not like Orinda, the town that just won the "we are the lovelys" award. Just look at Joan's wikipedia website to see how it's been repeatedly vandalized. And is still vandalized at this moment.
Valerie Sloven January 30, 2013 at 08:09 PM
I think Steve knows exactly what he is getting into. He's no stranger to Sacramento.
Dive Turn Work January 30, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Valerie - More power to him then. I don't see why anybody would subject themselves to such treatment. The desire to hold political office just doesn't seem like a rational choice to me but for those who choose it I wish them the best of luck.
kevin nagel September 27, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Where is the story about Steve being placed under Citizens arrest at the Orinda BART station? Where is the video his friend shot of the incident? Steve may be stranger to Sacramento, but I hope he becomes no stranger to the court room!

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