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Meet the 7 candidates who want to represent you in Sacramento

A guide on where Senate District 13 hopefuls stand on local, state issues

Left to right, from first to second rows: The candidates seeking to represent District 13 in the state Senate are Josh Becker, Mike Brownrigg, Alex Glew, Sally Lieber, Shelly Masur, Annie Oliva and John Webster. Photos by Magali Gauthier.

On March 3, and in the weeks leading up to it, the voters of California's 13th Senate district will have a tough task. With seven candidates vying to become the district's next Senate lawmaker, voters will decide which two will move on to the November general election ballot.

And that election will determine who will represent an area that has a vibrant population of nearly 1 million and is home to many of Silicon Valley's largest companies. The Senate seat is now held by former San Mateo County Supervisor Jerry Hill, who is being termed out of office.

The candidate pool offers voters five Democrats, a Republican and a Libertarian, though their perspectives, when it comes to how they would tackle the issues facing the region, are more nuanced than party lines might suggest.

They have unique areas of expertise and policy goals that they aim to take with them to Sacramento, based on past career, civic, nonprofit or philanthropic efforts.

Read our profiles of each candidate, alongside videotaped interviews with six of the seven contenders, on our Atavist page.

Candidates debating tonight

The seven candidates for state Senate District 13 will face off in a debate tonight, Feb. 5, from 7:30-9 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Online, Mountain View Voice, the Almanac and CalMatters — a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom committed to explaining California policy and politics. Find more information on the event here.


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16 people like this
Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 5, 2020 at 10:57 am

Candidates who support SB50 should earn an automatic NO from anyone who cares about the quality of life in this area.

26 people like this
Posted by Thomas Paine
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Feb 5, 2020 at 11:54 am

Annie Oliva supports the plan to increase Caltrain service from 4 to 8 trains per hour. But she has no plans or ideas to address the gridlock that will result at the 42 unseparated grade crossings. Her logic seems to be that increasing convenience for the 35,000 people who ride Caltrain each day (70,000 boardings) is worth causing gridlock for the hundreds of thousands of people who have no choice but to use the grade crossings.

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