Three-term Orinda City Councilman Steve Glazer, an adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown, has announced his bid for state Assembly for the District 16 seat, now held by Joan Buchanan, who terms out in 2014. Glazer said he will focus on fiscal responsibilty and a "champion" of public education.
Glazer has twice served as Orinda's mayor, and is a policy consultant to Gov. Brown.
His goal in state government, he said, will be to make it more accountable and more efficient.
“I want to continue the momentum for responsible fiscal management while enhancing support of our local schools and state universities,” Glazer said. “We need to eliminate roadblocks to economic revitalization and job creation and improve efforts to protect and enhance our environment."
Glazer, who 30 years ago developed the idea to putting photos of missing children on milk cartons, said the state's political system has been abducted by party extremists on both sides of the aisle.
“For too long, the legislative process has been a captive of the extremes of both political parties. We need to elect problem solvers who can bring disparate interests together to forge a common ground,” he said.
Glazer has operated his own small business since 1989, serving as a consultant to companies, associations and elected officials on public policy issues. He has been an active fundraiser for local schools and open space preservation.
Elected to the Orinda City Council in 2004, he has been re-elected twice.
Glazer is married to Melba Muscarolas, an AT&T executive. They have two daughters.