Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta announces Assembly run

By Josh Richman – Oakland Tribune
July 19, 2011

Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta has announced that he will seek the 16th Assembly District seat in 2012, two years before his term on the City Council expires.

Bonta, who was elected in November to a term that ends in December 2014, said Tuesday that it’s possible his constituents will be disappointed he’s seeking another office so soon, “but the way I see it, I’m committed to Alameda, I’ve always hoped I could serve Alameda for as long as the voters would have me and this is a chance to strengthen and deepen my commitment to Alameda “… as well as the greater region.”

Bonta said Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, D-Alameda, who will be term-limited out of the 16th District seat next year, “has done a great job in a lot of ways; there are certainly ways I would like to continue to serve in the way he has. He has been a strong and fierce advocate for working families and I believe I can carry that torch.”

He said he would emulate Swanson’s dedication to protecting quality education, health care services and the state’s social safety net.

Redistricting is still in progress, but Bonta thinks Alameda is likely to remain entirely in the district, which also now includes Piedmont and most of Oakland.

Before serving on the City Council, Bonta, 39, served as an Alameda Health Care District board member; he works as a San Francisco deputy city attorney. He and his wife, Mia, have three children.