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Levine Wins Assembly Seat with 51 Percent

More than three weeks after election day, Marc Levine holds the most votes for the 10th District State Assembly seat.

After holding a narrow lead for three weeks after election day, it looks like San Rafael Councilman Marc Levine will be heading to Sacramento.

Sonoma County certified their votes late Friday afternoon, and Marin County will certify their votes on Monday. Although Levine's opponent Michael Allen spent three times the amount on his campaign, the San Rafael councilman stayed in the lead as more and more provisional and mail-in ballots were counted. Out of a total of 188,394 votes for both counties, Levine had 96,421, or 51 percent of the vote.

"We still have to go through the office and make sure that all the votes are accounted for," Marin County Assistant Registrar of Voters Melvin Briones said. "But the count will likely stay the same and we'll certify on Monday."

Jared Huffman left the assembly seat, which represents Marin and parts of Sonoma County, after he decided to run for Congress when Representative Lynn Woolsey announced her retirement. Allen was the assemblyman for the 7th District that included parts of Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties, but moved to San Rafael after redistricting splintered his district.

"I don't think anyone thought we would be so competitive and win," Levine said Friday afternoon. "Campaigns are arduous. It's validating for the voters to have responded to the campaign. It shows that when you speak to issues, you'll succeed."

Levine was elected to the San Rafael City Council in November 2009, and has voted on several major local decisions, including the approval of Target, where he was the deciding vote in favor, and the city's agreement with minor league baseball team the San Rafael Pacifics.

"It's been a great pleasure working with you for the last three years," San Rafael Councilwoman Barbara Heller said at their Nov. 19 meeting. "And we know where your office is, so don't think you're rid of us."

Levine will be sworn in on as assemblyman on Dec. 3.

Al Dugan December 01, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Well done Marc. One on the biggest upsets, and the best man won and the entrenched and embedded politician was put out to pasture. We need more of this to happen if we want real change.
Tina McMillan December 01, 2012 at 08:46 AM
Congratulations Marc! That was an amazing run for office. You have a lot of work ahead of you. Please remember that you were voted into office by folks that are tired of business as usual in Sacramento. More than anything we need a fiscally responsible Assemblyman not in the pocket of Perez. We need someone that will negotiate with everyone including private and government sponsored unions. We need to live within our means. "There is an excellent chance that Brown will end up vetoing some of the legislative Democrats most egregious spending and taxation proposals. It’s true that those vetoes can be overridden by the two-thirds Democratic majority in both the Senate and the Assembly, but only IF all of the Democrats stand against the governor. BUT if one or two Democrats (Marc Levine are you listening?) stand with Brown, then his vetoes will be sustained and a modicum of restraint will be applied. If Levine wants to be the “different kind of Democrat” that he claimed to be in the recent election and yet protect himself from expected jabs in the 2014 primary that he is only a Republican in sheep’s clothing, then he’d be wise to ally himself with Brown." http://blogs.marinij.com/spotswood/2012/11/10/marc-levine-jerry-browns-friend/
Betty Pancakes December 01, 2012 at 01:29 PM
(Disclaimer - I am not a mathematically trained mathematician) ... the article starts out with the fact that Levine held "a narrow lead" ... which one can only assume means it was a narrow victory ... meaning dude didn't win by a landslide ... meaning there are a hearty faction 'o folks who don't be supportin' this man ... and voted for another. So suffice it to say (or read or type as it were on Patch) ... the constituency was indeed deeply divided over sending this inexperienced no-name nobody to Sacramento. But of course, I do wish him the very best of luck! Good luck!!! xoxo.
Betty Pancakes December 01, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I don't know if Mr. Levine reads Novato Patch, so I shan't be certain whether to address this comment "Dear Mr. Levine" or just make a general musing ... (but I digress) Why would somebody align with Gov. Brown? After all, he's one dude. The Democratic Super Majority is like a bunch of dudes and dudettes. I have to wonder ... surely there's gotta be some reason why so many people are in a super majority and one dude is like on his own. Sort of like when all the people want to be on one dodgeball team and only one guy is on the other side. Surely everybody wants to be on the good team, right? So why don't more people align with the solo dodgeball player (Gov. Jerry Brown being the solo dodgeball player). And you can't say "oh, well, all the other dodgeball players are ganging up on J-Brown), after all people all over California voted for the people who are on the big dodgeball team, 'ya know?
Pam Drew December 01, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Hearty congratulations to Marc Levine for the final count 51% to 49%! It is embarrassing to admit that, looking at all the money which was thrown at the campaign, I didn't think he had a chance, and I told him as much. He is now facing a difficult balancing act to make his voice heard over the rest of the din. Mr. Levine may be able to revive the concept of independent, principled thinking in Sacramento. It is certainly worth a try. I wish him the best of luck.
Eleanor Sluis December 01, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Congratulations to Marc Levine. Thank you for running against big money and big politicians. Please keep Sonoma’s and Marin’s rural, small towns fiscally healthy by funding education, reducing pension liabilities, and increasing agricultural, safe practices for our counties’ environments.
Al Dugan December 01, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Yea Betty Pancakes (really?), Levine won. Turn out the lights the party is over.
SHROYER FOR SUPERVISOR 2014 December 01, 2012 at 11:42 PM
It was a pleasure working on The Levine Campaign. I am so proud of you Marc!
Steven Norwin December 02, 2012 at 03:24 PM
You complain about him but I didn't hear you complain about Obama's lack of experience. But I wish Obama the very best of luck....For the sake of our country and it's foolish people.
Steven Norwin December 02, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Yeah! A big win for Marin and Sonoma County!
Roger December 02, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Toni: Good luck on your own campaign to become a County Supervisor. The board needs a dose of reality.

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