Based on our analysis, there is no progressive candidate to recommend for your vote in this race.
About the Position
State senators represent and advocate for the needs of their district at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating legislation that addresses issues within their district, as well as voting and debating on preexisting laws. The California State Senate has 40 districts. Each represents a population of about 930,000 people. Representatives are elected to the Senate for a four-year term. Every two years, half of the Senate's 40 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to two four-year terms (eight years) in the Senate. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 29 seats in the California State Senate, while Republicans hold 11 seats.
About the District
California's 7th Senate District includes portions of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Democratic incumbent Senator Steve Glazer has held this office since he was elected in 2015. The most recent election results show 64.3 percent of SD-07 overwhelmingly voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, and 63.1 percent voted for Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018.
About the Race
In the primary, Democrat incumbent Senator Steve Glazer led Republican challenger Julie Mobley by a margin of 21.1 percent. Senator Glazer’s campaign is funded by corporate PACs, fossil fuels, and police PACs. Mobley’s campaign has also not committed to any of the funding pledges.
About the Candidate
Glazer is the incumbent, having served as a state senator since 2015. Based on his track record as the Senate’s lowest-scoring Democrat on Courage Score, with a lifetime score of 32/100, Senator Glazer is likely to provide no progressive leadership in office.
Senator Glazer names his priorities for SD-17 this year as education and the environment, despite having consistently voted to allow various environmental review loopholes for development and housing construction. He failed to support bills like SB 142 and SB 551, which called for the reduction of lead-acid battery pollution and increased accountability for the management of abandoned oil wells. Senator Glazer currently sits on the Agriculture, Education, Governmental Organization, and Insurance Committees, and serves as chair of the Business Committee and Select Committee on Student Success. Senator Glazer has sponsored 46 bills about health, taxes, and business this year, of which eight have successfully passed. Senator Glazer is endorsed by the California Association of Highway Patrolmen and received funding from them, as well as the Los Angeles Police Protective League.
Republican challenger Julie Mobley, an engineer and 2019–2020 Civil Grand Juror, is running to update infrastructure, reduce costs for housing and health care, invest in new technologies, and to support innovative policing. Mobley has lived in the East Bay for over 20 years and believes her experiences as a woman in the male-dominated field of STEM and as a mom gives her an understanding of what the people of SD-07 want and need.
While Senator Glazer is a stronger choice than Republican challenger Julie Mobley, neither demonstrates a commitment to equitable or representative leadership. Because the Democratic candidate in this race is considered to be a safe win in this district, we feel comfortable providing no recommendation in this race. Keep reading for progressive recommendations in other key races and on ballot measures where your vote can make a critical difference.