Das Williams won the nomination of his party and will now be running against Mike Stoker in November. The district is considered a safe because of the overwhelming Democratic Party registration advantage. Mike Stoker has been insisting though he is a moderate that can reach out to Democrats. Because he previously worked for an oil company and has worked for Tony Strickland I think that will be a challenge for him.
Das Williams has been rallying the support of the Democratic Party, including elected officials that didn't get involved in the primary. I expect that he will also be finding new ways to communicate his shared values more with independents and Republicans soon too. I think the primary was helpful for Das Williams and I don't expect lasting divisions because of the tough primary to impact him in the fall. Are any of my readers Susan Jordan supporters that will now vote for Mike Stoker? I doubt there are enough to make an impact.
I don't see enough evidence that this will be a competitive election but Mike Stoker has time to provide it.
My reader poll from the primary was obviously wildly inaccurate:
I never claimed the polls are scientifically accurate but this poll is next to worthless. If there is much to learn from it I would say it shows that Daniel Goldberg's and Mike Stoker's campaigns exist more on the internet then they did in precinct walks, phone calls, street corner rallies, or fundraising.
Here is the new general election poll:
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OXNARD, CA -- Congresswoman Lois Capps and other key local elected officials will gather in the heart of downtown to announce their support for Das Williams, the Democratic candidate for the 35th Assembly District.
When: Monday, July 12, 2010 / Starts at 11 a.m.
Where: Plaza Park, downtown Oxnard, corner of 5th & B Streets
Why: Announcement of new support among elected officials for Das Williams' bid the 35th Assembly District.
Who: Lois Capps, Rep. CA 23rd Congressional District; Das Williams, State Assembly candidate; John Zaragoza, Ventura County Supervisor; Andres Herrera, Oxnard Mayor Pro Tem; Carl Morehouse, Ventura City Councilman; Stephen Blum, President of Ventura Unified Education Association and VCCC board of trustee; Debbie Golden, President of Ventura Unified School District; Jess Ramirez, Oxnard Harbor District board president; Susan Lacey, former Ventura County Supervisor; and more.
The work of hundreds of campaign volunteers and supporters lead Williams to win 61 percent of the votes in the Primary election.
Following an overwhelming victory in a hotly contested Primary, Das Williams' campaign for State Assembly is gearing up to continue its grassroots efforts throughout the 35th Assembly District.
Das Williams grew up on the Central Coast and is a product of local public schools. In 2003, Das Williams became the youngest person ever to be elected to the Santa Barbara City Council, and was re-elected in 2007. Das has worked as an educator, a policy aide for former Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson, and a community organizer working to stop the development of a Wal-Mart in Ventura and enact local living wage laws in Santa Barbara and Ventura. Das is a national board member of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Das received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and holds a graduate degree in Environmental Science & Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
To learn more about his campaign, background, or the vast network of support united behind Das in this race, go to www.daswilliams.org.
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James Joyce III
Das Williams for State Assembly 2010 (District 35)
DAS WILLIAMS RUNS FROM STOKER AND NO-SHOWS AT FIRST DEBATE.
Contact: Cory Bantilan, Campaign Field Director,
(Oxnard, CA) Democrat Das Williams no-showed today at the first debate previously scheduled by the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce. Written invitations had gone out June 10, 2010. Mr. Williams called the a representative of the Chamber late yesterday to advise the Chamber that he had a pre-scheduled trip planned and asked if a representative could appear on his behalf? The representative advised him how disappointed the Chamber was but agreed to the representative appearing on his behalf. The first time Mr. Stoker and the Chamber members and guests attending found out about Mr. Williams' last minute withdrawal from the debate was when it was announced by the moderator of the debate.
In response Mr. Stoker stated, "You can run but you can't hide. Mr. Williams absence was absent not by chance but by design. The fact that he is afraid to interface with voters and constituents who might not share his extreme far left perspective is no reason not to show up for a previously scheduled forum. It is telling as to what kind of legislator he would be...if he won't appear with business leaders at a forum while running for office, how open do you think he will be to sitting down with them to discuss legislation they are supporting or opposing?
Mr. Williams has demonstrated both during the primary and as a Councilman that there are three constituent groups he will sit down with and be a "yes man" for their issues: public employee unions, operators of medical marijuana dispensaries and extreme environmentalists. While Mr. Williams may not meet with constituents who disagree with him, I plan to attend as many forums as possible even the ones sponsored by organizations who share Mr. Williams' extreme left philosophies."