Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, D-Castro Valley, who pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor shoplifting charge earlier this year, ran third this week in her bid for a seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.
Hayashi had been seeking the seat vacated by Nadia Lockyer, the estranged wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, but faced a barrage of campaign hit pieces dwelling on her shoplifting incident. She garnered less than a fourth of the vote in the county's Second District, running behind Richard Valle and Mark Green.
Much of the anti-Hayashi campaign was financed by a faction of physical therapists who had feuded with the assemblywoman over legislation affecting their profession, as The Bee's Torey Van Oot detailed in this
Capitol Alert posting last month.