FAIRFIELD – Lois Wolk seemed likely to keep her seat and represent Solano County in the state Senate after running up a commanding lead in Tuesday’s election.
Wolk, a Democrat from Davis, led Republican challenger Frank Miranda of Fairfield in the 3rd District race, 64.7 percent to 35.3 percent, with 50 percent of the precincts either partially or fully reporting, according to the Secretary of State’s office. She led in Solano County, 64 percent to 35 percent.
“I think people know me, they’ve worked with me before, they’ve had positive experiences working with me and wanted me to continue for four more years,” Wolk said by phone after leaving the Democratic headquarters in Davis.
Wolk has represented central Solano County in the state Legislature for a decade. She did so from 2002 to 2008 in the state Assembly and since 2008 in the state Senate.
She faced a shifting political landscape this election. Redistricting moved her from the 5th Senate District to a 3rd Senate District that covers Solano and Napa counties and parts of Yolo, Sonoma,Contra Costa and Sacramento counties.
“It’s a wonderful district,” Wolk said. “I think the redistricting committee did a great job. It has a great deal of common issues, common concerns like transportation, education, agriculture, the environment, water issues.”
Wolk during her tenure in the Legislature has done such things as work to make Highway 12 between Suisun City and Rio Vista a safer road. She pushed for increased traffic fines on a roadway previously known as “Blood Alley.”
She’s worked on Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta issues involving California’s long-running water wars and eastern Solano County. She chairs the Senate Select Committee on Delta Stewardship and Sustainability, which a few weeks ago helped environmentalists, water officials, water exporters and community groups agree on 43 near-term Delta projects.
Miranda is chairman of the Solano County Republican Central Committee. He talked about such issues as more local control in education, his background in business and a state he said was getting worse and worse.
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