“It’s been nine long months of campaigning leading up to this primary election, and here we are,” said Frazier on Wednesday morning. “What a great feeling. I’d like to thank all my supporters for their vote of confidence. I’m so grateful to all the volunteers for their help during the campaign. Now, it’s on to November.”
Frazier secured his position in the fall election by garnering 15,386 votes in Tuesday’s primary, beating out fellow Democrats Patricia Hernandez (9,501), Gene Gantt (3,197) and Charles Kingeter (939). Len Augustine, who ran as an independent, secured 8,308 votes.
Hudson, a Republican, amassed 17,288 votes, making him Tuesday’s most successful candidate. Frazier out-performed Hudson among Contra Costa County voters, winning 8,819 votes to Hudson’s 8,576, but Hudson got a greater response from Solano and Sacramento county voters.
Due to voter redistricting established last year by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission in response to the 2010 census results, the new District 11 assemblymember will represent voters in Brentwood, Oakley, Antioch, Discovery Bay, Rio Vista, Suisun City, Fairfield and Vacaville. District 11’s current representative, Susan Bonilla, who represented Antioch for the past two years, will seek re-election in District 14. Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, who currently represents District 15, encompassing Brentwood, Oakley and Discovery Bay, will seek re-election in District 16.
Frazier gathered with friends, family and supporters at Humphrey’s in Antioch to watch the poll returns trickle in. After learning that his campaign will continue on to November, Frazier said all he could do was smile. He’s decided to take the rest of the week off to celebrate his daughter’s recent graduation from UC Davis but plans to get back on the campaign trail Monday.
Frazier, 53, has been an Oakley councilmember since 2008. He served as vice mayor in 2010 and mayor in 2011. Known as a champion of transportation improvements, serving as chairman of the State Route 4 Bypass Authority and vice chair of TRANSPLAN, Frazier has also been lauded for his charity work with The Network of Care and the Friends of Oakley, both of which he is a co-founder. Campaigning under the slogan People Before Politics, Frazier’s goals are to encourage job creation, overhaul education and limit hikes in college tuition, and protect the Delta, providing water storage for droughts.
Hudson, 51, has served on the Suisun City Council for six years. He is also the vice chair of the Transportation, Communication and Public Works Policy Committee for the California League of Cities and vice president of the Fairfield Suisun Sewer District Board. He is a supporter of the Vacaville Boys and Girls Club, Fairfield Downtown Association and Suisun American Little League. He is also a retired naval officer with 10 years of honorable service. Hudson’s campaign focuses on job creation, balancing the state budget and protecting the Delta.
To learn more about Frazier, visit www.peoplebeforepolitics.org. To learn more about Hudson, visit www.mikehudson2012.com.