contra costa times ponders more choices for governor

Democrats wonder if there could be more than Brown and Newsom

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.”

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