The Skinny

When Alameda County Supervisor Gail Steele announced she would not run for reelection to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, it set off a race with possible Capitol implications. Among those who have already opened committees to run for the seat are former Sen. Liz Figueroa and Nadia Lockyer, wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer. Needless to say, the candidates in the race know each other well – Figueroa took over Bill Lockyer’s Senate seat, and the two were close when they served in the Legislature together, when Figueroa was an Assemblywoman and Lockyer was the leader of the state Senate. But that was then…And we have to say another farewell to another California political scribe. Though the San Francisco Chronicle’s John Wildermuth was not based in Sacramento, as one of the Chronicle’s lead political writers, his words often resonated inside the Capitol walls. Wildermuth began his journalism career at the Imperial Valley Press in El Centro in 1975, but was with the Chronicle for more than 20 years. In blogging her farewell to her colleague, the Chron’s Carla Marinucci wrote, “He may go on to other things — but he’ll always represent the very best of the news business.”

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