Daysog mulling run for Contra Costa Congressional seat

Daysog mulling run for Contra Costa Congressional seat

Michele Ellson
Tony Daysog

Photo courtesy of Tony Daysog.

City Councilman Tony Daysog is considering a run for another office: The Congressional seat being vacated by Rep. George Miller.

Daysog, who announced his plans to explore a run in an e-mail to reporters Friday, said he’s going to talk with residents in the 11th Congressional district to gauge their feelings about being represented by someone who doesn’t live in their district and decide in mid-March whether to run.

The Constitution requires only that someone running for Congress live in the state they’re representing if elected; Hillary Clinton famously moved to New York State just as she was running for the Senate, in 2000. Miller’s district stretches across much of Contra Costa County, including Richmond, Walnut Creek and Concord.

Miller, who has served in Congress for nearly four decades, announced his retirement in January.

“(L)et me be frank about this: this would be an incredibly long shot,” Daysog said during an e-mail exchange over the weekend about his plans to run for the seat. He didn’t answer questions about why he thinks he should get the job or whether his decision to explore a run has garnered any support.

Daysog said what interested him in the seat is the “fundamental challenge” of “protecting individual freedoms.”

“Even here, in Alameda, right now, in the matter of (license plate readers), we are trying to strike the proper balance between the rights of individuals and the need for the best police enforcement possible,” Daysog said, referring to the city’s plans to install digital scanners in police cars that will record and store license plate data. Daysog voted to allow the Alameda Police Department to pursue funding for the readers.

If elected, Daysog wants to safeguard people’s privacy, protect small investors and a woman’s right to an abortion, make college affordable, and support small businesses in their efforts to create jobs and workers in their efforts to continue their education, his website says.

Miller, a liberal Democrat and the dean of the California Congressional delegation, has served as one of the Democrats’ top dogs on education and workers, playing a key role in the development of the No Child Left Behind accountability legislation and the Affordable Care Act. He is reportedly a close confidante of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, and owner of the house that inspired “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau’s “Alpha House” internet show.

Miller tops the list of politicos who are endorsing state Senator Mark DeSaulnier, who already represents much of Miller’s district in Sacramento. Other candidates reportedly in the running for the seat include Republican Tue Phan-Quang, 71, a retired immigration judge from Danville; and Jason Ramey, 33, a Democrat from Concord and refinery worker.

The seat is in what’s considered to be a “safe” Democratic district because more than two-thirds of voters there supported President Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections.

Daysog served two terms on the City Council, from 1996 to 2006, and ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2010. He won re-election to the council in 2012 with a lightly funded campaign that was heavy on face-to-face retail politics.

The deadline to file papers to run for the seat is March 7.


Submitted by C. (not verified) on Tue, Feb 18, 2014

DeSaulnier has also received public endorsements from U.S. Reps. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) and Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Contra Costa County supervisors John Gioia and Federal Glover, and State Sens. Ellen Corbett (D-Hayward), Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) and Lois Wolk (D-Davis). These are just a few of his other early endorsements.

Submitted by Janine (not verified) on Wed, Feb 19, 2014

License plate readers only pose a problem if you plan to steal cars.

Submitted by Jake1 (not verified) on Sun, Feb 23, 2014

Thanks but no thanks.