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Elihu M. Harris


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-07-1978 Democratic AD-13 40882 Win
11-04-1980 Democratic AD-13 53667 Win
11-02-1982 Democratic AD-13 54949 Win
11-06-1984 Democratic AD-13 85660 Win
11-04-1986 Democratic AD-13 59058 Win
11-08-1988 Democratic AD-13 74802 Win
03-30-1999 Democratic AD-16 14347 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Elihu Mason Harris
Born: August 15, 1947 in Los Angeles, CA
Married: Dr. Shiela Wells Harris

1981-1989: Member, California Judicial Council
1991-1999: Mayor, City of Oakland
2000: Early Primary Candidate for AD-16 (Withdrew)
2003-2010: Chancellor, Peralta Community College District

  • FATHER OF THE CODE: Harris authored AB 621 (1981), which established the California Public Contract Code.
  • PLACENAME: The Elihu M. Harris Building (1515 Clay Street in Oakland) was dedicated June 25, 1998.
  • Harris was the first major party politician to lose a state legislative race to a Green Party candidate in the United States, when he lost the 1999 Special Election to Audie Bock by 327 votes (1.1%). Since 1999, two other Greens have been elected to state legislatures: John Eder (Maine House of Representatives, 2003-2007) and Richard Carroll (Arkansas House of Representatives, 2008).

Source: California Assembly Handbook (1979)
Source: "The Judicial Council of California: Membership" by the Judicial Council of California (accessed 5/30/2012)