Voters in Alameda County's District 2 chose youth over experience on Tuesday by electing county Family Justice Center Executive Director Nadia Lockyer with 64 percent of the vote.
Lockyer, 39, who is married to state Treasurer and former state Attorney General Bill Lockyer, easily beat former state Senator and Assemblywoman Liz Figueroa, who received 35.5 percent, according to complete unofficial election results.
Lockyer will be the first new representative in 18 years for the district, which includes Hayward, Newark, Union City and parts of Fremont and Sunol. Gail Steele has represented the district since 1992 but is retiring at the end of the year.
Lockyer finished first in a four-candidate primary in June with 38 percent of the vote. Figueroa finished second with 24 percent, narrowly topping Union City Mayor Mark Green by 106 votes. Figueroa, who spent 12 years in the state Legislature, said in her ballot statement that her experience is her most important asset.
"In a word, that's what this run-off is about," she said.
Figueroa said that because the Board of Supervisors faces a difficult financial situation, "It's not a place for on-the-job training."
Lockyer said she will bring more resources to District 2 and ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. She said that as executive director of the Family Justice Center, "Every day I help victims of violence and their families get the help they need from county government."
In her ballot statement, Lockyer said, "In this time of economic turmoil for families, businesses and local government, we need someone on the Board of Supervisors with a proven track record of delivering government services efficiently while saving taxpayers' money."
She added, "As a 39-year-old mother, adult caregiver and the youngest of seven children, I know the struggles families face in tough economic times."