With 11 people already running or likely to run to replace Rep. Ellen Tauscher in the 10th Congressional District, self-described "soccer mom" Tiffany Attwood, of Danville, said Monday she'll make it a dozen.
"I know it sounds clichéd, but I want to make a difference," Attwood, 38, said Monday, noting her work in home mortgages and how her family situation has put the economic crisis into perspective. "I really want to help those people. I have some big ideas and I want to see people feel like we really can get out of this."
The Democrat and Hayward native notes she's the only minority woman — she's of Latina-Filipina descent — in the race. Her father's and two brothers' service as Marines give her an appreciation for veterans' issues, and she says she knows what it's like to balance family life with making ends meet.
She said her priorities are responsible homeownership, open dialogue on solutions for health care reform, and federal help for small-business owners in order to boost the district's employment.
Other declared candidates or those likely to run include Democrats Tony Bothwell, Joan Buchanan, John Garamendi, Adriel Hampton, Mark DeSaulnier and Anthony Woods; Republicans Nick Gerber, David Harmer and Catherine Moy; Green Jeremy Cloward; and independent Gino VanGundy.