Los Altos' Glew hanging on to second as State Senate race tightens

Latest results show the gap among the top four candidates has narrowed considerably in the race for State Senator in District 13, which includes Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

Los Altos resident and Republican Alex Glew found himself the top vote-getter the day after the March 3 primary election, but slipped to second place by the end of last week as Democrat Josh Becker pulled ahead.

Becker, heavily funded and endorsed by several local newspapers, now leads handily with 58,485, 23.6% of the vote, based on figures available today (March 11). Glew is still in second at 44,503 votes (17.9%) but closely followed by former state Assemblywoman Sally LIeber (42,035, 16.9%) and Shelly Masur (39.383, 15.9%). Lieber and Masur are both Democrats.

Five Democrats ran in a district heavily dominated by Democratic voters, leading observers to speculate that the Democrats split the vote and led Glew, the lone Repubican, to a strong showing. 

In California, the top two candidates with the most votes advance to the November election, regardless of party. The winner will succeed termed-out Sen. Jerry Hill.

Becker had nearly $1 million in funds to campaign with, while Glew’s budget was less than $5,000.

Glew, who serves on the Los Altos Design Review Commission, believes his positions on issues such as health care (he claims costs can be reduced by up to 75%) and reducing government waste resonated with voters. He said his “more moderate and pragmatic” messages and problem-solving approach trumped the ideological rhetoric of his competitors.

“Problems are not fixed by ideology,” said the engineer. “I just want to get stuff done.”

Glew is no stranger to running for office. He ran for a seat on the Los Altos City Council in 2014 and 2016, and for State Assembly in 2018.

Becker, a Menlo Park resident, received endorsements from Gov. Gavin Newsom and the incumbent Hill. He said his priorities of addressing climate change and promoting strong fiscal budget management earned him votes – as did personally knocking on more than 4,200 doors.

Rounding out the field are Democrats Annie Oliva (29,249, 11.8%) and Mike Brownrigg (29,197, 11.8%), and Libertarian John Webster of Mountain View (5,230, 2.1%).

State Senate District 13 encompasses Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, stretching from South San Francisco to Sunnyvale, and west to Half Moon Bay.

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