D — Assemblymember, 14th District
Tim Grayson, a Democrat, is running for reelection to the California State Assembly from the 14th District, which includes portions of Solano and Contra Costa counties and contains all or part of the cities of Benicia, Concord, Martinez, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek and Vallejo. First elected to the Assembly in 2016 with Govern for California’s help, Tim is permitted under California’s term limits to serve in the legislature through 2028.
Tim was the Mayor of the City of Concord, the largest city in the district, and worked as a general contractor. He was elected to the Concord City Council in 2010 and reelected in 2014. On the city council, Tim participated in balancing Concord’s budget every year while maintaining a sizable reserve for emergencies. At the same time, he made it a priority for the city to spend more money addressing its unfunded liabilities and on infrastructure. As mayor, he addressed rising crime in the region by reinstituting the Concord Police Department’s Gang Task Force. Tim is also a cofounder of the regional Central Family Justice Center, which serves as a one-stop center for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse and human trafficking. He also created a Community Court for juvenile offenders, focused on addressing the cause of their behavior and improving outcomes. Tim also serves as a pastor for a local church and worked as Police Critical Response Chaplain for Concord where he helps community members who have tragically lost a family member. For his outstanding volunteer work, Tim received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award six times.
Tim serves on the Banking and Finance, Business and Professions, Local Government, and Jobs Economic Development and the Economy Committees in the Assembly. He fought to include accountability measures in the transportation funding bill. He was also instrumental to the Assembly’s decision not to hear a disastrous single-payer healthcare bill. A leader of the moderate Democrats during his short time in the Assembly, Tim is a very close ally of Govern for California legislators Catharine Baker and Steve Glazer who represent the same region.
Party registration in AD14 is 52.0% Democratic, 19.7% Republican, and 23.7% No Party Preference/Decline To State. Tim doesn’t currently have any opponents, but it is possible he may face a challenge from the left or by a Republican. Regardless of the opponent, Tim will win reelection.