Steve Glazer

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Steve Glazer
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Mayor of Orinda
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
December 2012
Years in position 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 19, 2015
First electedMay 19, 2015
Term limitsN/A
High schoolMcClatchy High School
Bachelor'sSan Diego State University
Date of birth1957
Place of birthLandmark, California
Campaign website
Steve Glazer (b. in Landmark, California, in 1957) is the mayor of Orinda, California.[1] He is also a member of the California State University Board of Trustees, a position to which he was appointed by Jerry Brown in 2011.

Glazer is a Democratic Senator-elect for District 7 of the California State Senate.[2][3] He was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 16 of the California State Assembly.

Glazer is known as Jerry Brown's leading political strategist.[1]

Glazer was elected to a four-year term on the Orinda City Council in 2004. He was subsequently re-elected in 2008 to a second four-year term. He was appointed to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for 2006, and as Mayor for 2007. In December 2010, he was appointed Vice Mayor. In December 2011, he was appointed to a second term as mayor.


Glazer earned his B.S. from San Diego State University.


Campaign themes


Glazer's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

Opposing Special Interest Power

  • Excerpt: "The solution is to elect candidates who have proved their independence from these narrow special interests. I believe that, if you aspire to public service, you should focus on problem solving, rather than pandering to special interest power."

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Excerpt: "Californians cannot afford a government that won't balance its books and live within its means. And Sacramento cannot continue to look to taxpayers to bail it out from bad decision-making."

Curbing Public Pension Abuse

  • Excerpt: "A recent report estimated that California has at least $218 billion in unfunded liabilities for public-employee retirement benefits. That is in addition to the burden carried directly by many of California’s cities and counties, some of which have gone through or face bankruptcy.One of my most important priorities in the State Assembly is to force the state to take accountability for this problem and take immediate steps to eliminate it."

Banning Transit Strikes

  • Excerpt: "There have been seven BART strikes since the system's creation. I am committed to ensuring that there can be no more. I know this will not be easy. We will work at this -- laying down one track at a time."


  • Excerpt: "In the Bay Area, we sometimes take our beautiful environment for granted. This is risky, because environmental stewardship requires ongoing vigilance. Our clean air and water, bays, forests, grasslands and creeks won't stay protected unless they are a part of every discussion."



See also: California state legislative special elections, 2015

Susan Bonilla (D) and Steve Glazer (D) advanced past Joan Buchanan (D) and Terry Kremin (D) in the primary election on March 17.[2][5] Glazer defeated Bonilla in the special election on May 19.[3] Michaela M. Hertle (R) withdrew from the race shortly after the official candidate list came out.[6]

The seat was vacant following Mark DeSaulnier's (D) election to Congress.[7]

A special election for the position of California State Senate District 7 was called for May 19. A primary election took place on March 17, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 23, 2015.[8]


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Tim Sbranti (D) and Catharine Baker (R) defeated Newell Arnerich (D) and Steve Glazer (D) in the blanket primary. Baker defeated Sbranti in the general election.[9][10][11]

California State Assembly, District 16, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCatharine Baker 51.6% 71,452
     Democratic Tim Sbranti 48.4% 67,152
Total Votes 138,604
California State Assembly, District 16 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCatharine Baker 36.7% 31,632
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Sbranti 29.2% 25,217
     Democratic Steve Glazer 22.8% 19,636
     Democratic Newell Arnerich 11.4% 9,794
Total Votes 86,279

Political consulting


In 2010, Glazer was the campaign manager for Gov. Brown's gubernatorial campaign.[12] He was paid $250,000 for his work on the campaign.[1]

Glazer first worked for Brown when he was a student at San Diego State University. In 1978, he led the statewide student organization for Brown. He also managed the unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign in 1994 of Jerry Brown's sister Kathleen Brown.

The American Association of Political Consultants named Glazer its "political strategist of the year" for his work on the 2010 Jerry Brown gubernatorial campaign.[13]

Glazer worked for Gray Davis. He left that employment to go to Israel to live on a kibbutz for six months.[1]

Ballot measures

Glazer has been given the responsibility by Brown to shepherd Jerry Brown's 2012 Tax Increase Initiative (Proposition 30) to victory.[1]

Starting in 1994, Glazer consulted on ballot measure campaigns throughout the country. He says that most of these were for "environmental protection causes." The Sacramento Bee reports that he "also helped real estate developers overcome public opposition to their projects."

Since he was elected to the Orinda City Council in 2004, Glazer has led five local tax increase ballot measure campaigns. Four of the local tax questions were approved, including Measure E in June 2008.[1]


Glazer worked on the campaign in 1986 that urged a "no" vote on the question of the recall of California Supreme Court chief justice Rose Bird. {Bird was recalled.)

State legislative

Glazer was hired in 2011 to advise the California Chamber of Commerce' JobsPAC, on California's 2012 state legislative elections. He will advise the Chamber solely on its strategy with respect to Democratic Party candidates. The Chamber's JobsPAC is described as "heavy-hitting." It is funded by insurance, oil, tobacco and pharmaceutical companies.[14]

Glazer once served as the press secretary to California State Senate president pro tem David Roberti.[12]


Glazer is married to an executive at AT&T. They moved to Orinda in 1996 with their two daughters.

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