It’s not that Democrats are necessarily dissatisfied with the two presumed to be in the race — San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Jerry Brown — but they’re accustomed to primary contests that at least start out with the look of a wild brawl.
“When this race first started, it looked like it would be too many candidates,” said Tom Kersten, president of the Hayward Demos Democratic Club, which has a membership of about 200.
“I thought it would be a complete mess. But I’m shocked it’s already gone down to two. A few more candidates would help to flesh out the issues. I just don’t think we’ll get a full debate on the critical issues.”