Peninsula politicos received an unexpected surprise earlier this week, when word began to spread that Assemblyman Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park) was throwing his support behind Marc Berman in his run for the State Assembly's 24th District seat. Even Berman says Fly he was a bit stunned, despite having Gordon as an honorary co-chair for his bid to get on the Palo Alto City Council. "I can definitely understand peole’s reactions," Berman says. In addition to serving in Palo Alto, Berman works as a development director for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. It’s still plenty early in the race, though, and plenty more people could join the fray. Mountain View Councilman Mike Kasperzak has already thrown his hat in the ring, and there is a belief that greenie venture capitalist Josh Becker, who lost to Gordon in 2010, may give it another go. The district seat overlaps the line that segregates San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, and Becker actually edged out Gordon in the latter. Had Palo Alto’s former mayor, Yoriko Kishimoto, not come in with a strong third-place showing in this county, Becker may have been the one walking around Sacramento the last four and a half years. But there is an expectation the race won’t be all dudes for long. Mary Hughes, wife of Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, has reportedly been beating the bushes through her foundation, Close the Gap CA, which was set up for the sole purpose of recruiting progressive women to run for the state legislature in 2014 and 2016. One person who might fit the bill is Margaret Abe-Koga, who spent eight years on the Mountain View council and part of that time as mayor. She now works as a district director for first-term Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell).
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