East Bay Express: In the 15th Assembly District, Six Candidates Appear to Have a Shot at the Top Two Spots

It looks like the race will come down to a contest among Judy Appel, Ben Bartlett, Jovanka Beckles, Dan Kalb, Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto, and Buffy Wicks.

No other Assembly race in California is as competitive as the East Bay's 15th District this year. Twelve candidates in total are vying for the seat, traditionally a progressive outpost in the left-leaning legislature. Of the 12, six candidates have raised significant amounts of money so far and have successfully delivered their pitches to voters throughout the district, which encompasses everything along the bayshore between Hercules and Emeryville plus Oakland's Rockridge and Montclair neighborhoods and the city of Piedmont.