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Allen, Levine headed to all-Democrat runoff for Assembly seat


Michael Allen and Marc Levine will compete in an all-Democrat runoff for the 10th Assembly seat in November.

The pair were the leaders throughout the Tuesday night ballot count in the race for the newly created district representing Marin County and parts of Sonoma County.

Of seven candidates Allen received 30.3 percent followed by Levine with 24.2 percent.

Michael Allen, Marc Levine (COURTESY PHOTOS)

In third, with 21.4 percent of the vote, was Peter Mancus, the sole Republican in the race. He is a Sebastopol attorney and gun advocate.

The top two candidates, regardless of party, face a runoff in the general election in November.

Trailing were Connie Wong with 11.2 percent of the total, Alex Easton-Brown with 6.4 percent, Joe Boswell with 4.4 percent and H. Christian Gunderson with 2.2 percent.

Allen’s front-runner status confirmed political observers’ predictions he would be the candidate to beat.

He currently represents the 7th Assembly district, which was redrawn during redistricting. He rented an apartment in San Rafael to establish residency within the new 10th District.

Levine is a first-term San Rafael city councilman.

“It’s worth remembering that when we started, no one gave us a chance,” Levine said.

Allen said he will focus on education and the environment in the fall campaign.

Voters “want real leadership in Sacramento, someone who has the skills and experience to get things done,” he said.

Allen outspent Levine about 5-to-1 in the primary, with much of his financial backing from labor unions and the state Democratic party. Several independent committees also campaigned for him.

Levine’s contributors came mostly from the San Rafael area, where he lives and has served on the City Council since 2009.


6 Responses to “Allen, Levine headed to all-Democrat runoff for Assembly seat”

  1. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    Congratulations Michael. We who worked and voted for you expect more of the same good work you’ve been doing for the last 2 years.

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  2. Thorn says:

    Levine has a good chance in November. He already has a lot of republican and conservative endorsements, so he should have a good chance of picking up all the republican votes.
    The danger of course is that democrats might notice that he does not really stand for the democratic values, so they might go with the candidate endorsed by the Democratic Party.

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  3. Steve says:

    The Republic is dead! I will vote for None of the above. Good job California voters…this was a great idea to squelch all competition. One party dictatorship in this bankrupt state!

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  4. Where is our Scott Walker says:

    How could you elect a guy that has been running the state into the ground!Lets get him to answer the tough questions about real pension reform and what he plans to do about it. If Levine wants to get elected he will need to make pensions THE issue…that should not be hard!

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  5. Grapevines says:

    Allen and Evans, two of a kind. No original thoughts, don’t do anything that may jeopardize any existing benefits, do what the state employee’s union, the prison guards union, and teacher’s unions tell them to do.

    Where’s a Scott Walker when you need one?

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  6. bill says:

    Allen may win but he will not be the guy to fix the pension problem. He will not be the guy to legalize pot. He will not be the guy to reduce public safety costs. He is a good old boy.

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