State Assemblymember Jerry Hill, of San Mateo, and former Assemblymember Sally Lieber of Mountain View will both be on the November ballot for the 13th California State Senate District.
has set up a few Democrat-on-Democrat competitions throughout the state, and the Hill-Lieber race is one example. The most high-profile race of this nature is long-serving Democrat Pete Stark (D-Fremont) who is now facing challenger and fellow Democrat Eric Swalwell of Dublin, in a newly redrawn district. Observers say Swalwell will be far more competitive with Stark than a Republican candidate would have been.
The open primary calls for the two candidates with the most votes to compete in the Nov. 6 election.
The winner will succeed Joe Simitian, who is termed out.
With 96 percent of the district precincts reporting, Hill had received 52 percent of the votes, while Lieber had 22 percent. The other two candidates, Libertarian John Webster and Democrat Christopher Chiang, had received 16 percent and 11 percent, respectively.
Hill has been an elected official representing portions of San Mateo County for more than 20 years. He has been the mayor of San Mateo, county supervisor and has served in the Assembly since 2008.
Hill has lived on the Peninsula for the past 42 years, owning his own small business for the past 34 years. His public service began as a member of his neighborhood homeowners association.
Lieber served in the California State Assembly from 2002 until 2008, representing California's 22nd Assembly District and as the Assembly’s Speaker pro Tempore. Before her election to the State Assembly, Lieber served as a council member and mayor of Mountain View.
Lieber currently serves as an advisor to the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, an agency that was created through her legislation, and recently served on Attorney General Kamala D. Harris’ transition team working on women’s rehabilitation and mental health.
The newly drawn 13th State Senate District includes northern Santa Clara County and much of San Mateo County, specifically Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, El Granada, Emerald Lake Hills, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, La Honda, Ladera, Loma Mar, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Loyola, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Montara, Moss Beach, Mountain View, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Pescadero, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Stanford, Sunnyvale and Woodside.
- Los Altos Patch Editor L.A. Chung contributed to this report