Two-term Orinda councilman and gubernatorial adviser Steve Glazer will file Tuesday as the first official 2014 candidate in the 16th Assembly District.
The 55-year-old policy consultant to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and California State University trustee will compete to represent the East Bay district, which includes Lamorinda, Danville, San Ramon, Dublin and Pleasanton.
Glazer hopes to succeed Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, who terms out in 2014.
In Glazer's draft news release obtained late Monday, he said he wants to "be a voice for fiscal responsibility and a champion for public education."
"I want to continue the momentum for responsible fiscal management while enhancing support of our local schools and state universities," Glazer wrote. "We need to eliminate roadblocks to economic revitalization and job creation and improve efforts to protect and enhance our environment."
The top vote-getter in November, Glazer was re-elected to a third term on the Orinda City Council where he has served since 2004.
He will start his Assembly campaign with some seed money; his most recent campaign finance report shows he has nearly $44,000 left in his city council account, which can be transferred to his legislative campaign.
Glazer's professional and public lives have intersected for years.
He founded a consulting firm in 1989 that helps companies, associations and elected officials on policy issues. He has advised
Nearly three decades ago, Glazer said he created a California missing children's campaign while working as an aid to then-Assemblyman Gray Davis, who later became governor. More than a dozen lost children were found after photos of missing children ran on milk cartons, grocery bags and billboards, he said.
Glazer jumped into local politics after he was shot in the neck in 2003 with a high-powered pellet rifle while he drove through town. The bullet narrowly missed his carotid artery.
The shooter, Eli Polk, wasn't charged with a crime because pellet rifles were classified as toys. Outraged, Glazer successfully appealed to then-Sen. Tom Torlakson, now the California superintendent of schools, to introduce legislation that set criminal penalties for pellet gun assaults. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill into law.
Glazer is married to Melba Muscarolas, an AT&T executive. They have two daughters.
To read Glazer's full statement, go to http://PoliticsWithLisaV.blogspot.com.