David Erlich

Rob Bonta and David Erlich are running for the 18th District California Assembly seat representing Alameda, San Leandro and much of Oakland. Berkeley-based nonprofit MapLight has compiled details on the candidates' background and fundraising, which we've embedded below (click on the candidate picture to get their details).

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Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

A quiet race for the 18th Assembly District seat translated into a polite - if predictably partisan - debate Tuesday during a League of Women Voters forum.

Challenger David Erlich, who has never held public office, admitted that he decided to run because incumbent Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, had no challengers. Erlich said that to his knowledge, the last Republican to challenge the seat didn’t show up to debates. The district - which includes Alameda, San Leandro and Oakland - is dominated by Democrats, with about eight percent of voters registered as Republicans.