Facing off in the March 2 primary are entrepreneur Ash Bhatt of Fremont; attorney Dennis Hayashi of Castro Valley; small business owner and former Milpitas mayor Henry Manayan; accountant and current Pleasanton Mayor Tom Pico; and attorney and Newark City Councilman Alberto Torrico.
has raised more money than any other candidate, has the longest list of contributors and has collected endorsements from several Democratic office- holders.
...Pico, 60, is serving his second term as Pleasanton mayor.He
experience as an accountant and auditor will help the state spend its money wisely.He
is the first Democratic certified public accountant to run for legislative office in 25 years. "More than anything, I've got a really excellent background that was molded in my early days as a congressional investigator and as an auditor," he said.