“Battling addiction and the humiliation of a highly publicized altercation in a Newark hotel room with a former lover she met in a rehab program, Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer abruptly resigned Friday,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
You might recall that Nadia Lockyer used to be a player in the Democratic Party of Orange County, back when her name was Nadia Maria Davis. According to a bio, she “was a member of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez’s legal team and protected the voting rights of new citizens against unfounded accusations. She ran Honorable Lou Correa’s fundraising in his first bid for State Assembly.” Correa lost that race.
She also was elected to the Santa Ana Unified School District’s Board of Education, in 1998. I ran against her in fact. She won that race but then lost the seat in 2002. She had an awful car accident before that last election. Reportedly the driver in that accident was former Assemblyman Marco Firebaugh, who later died of liver disease. Her bio states that she broke 22 bones and punctured her lung in that accident. A columnist at the East Bay Citizen reported during her supervisorial campaign in 2010 that some of her friends say she was never the same after that accident.
She later married Bill Lockyer, the California Treasurer, a much older man (71) who has been involved in Sacramento politics for decades. He was in fact first elected in 1973. Davis-Lockyer graduated college in 1993, and is currently 39 years old. She was a one-year old when her husband was first elected to office.
From what I recall, she married Lockyer after she got pregnant. I believe they met at a state Democratic Party convention.
Her troubles this year began when she claimed that she went to a hotel to meet her ex-boyfriend named Stephen Chikhani to help him, as he was a “troubled person.” Lockyer admitted that he said something to make her angry, and then acknowledged that “her only fault is occasionally having one too many drinks.”
In 2010, Lockyer helped Davis-Lockyer win a campaign for a Supervisorial Seat in Alameda County. According to campaign finance forms, the Davis-Lockyer spent more than $1.8 million on her campaign and easily beat her challenger — Lockyers, ex-girlfriend, former state Sen. Liz Figueroa — to replace retired Supervisor Gail Steele, according to the New Santa Ana blog. Lockyer spent $1.53 million of his own money to get his wife elected – that was more than Republican businesswoman Meg Whitman spent on her failed gubernatorial race in 2010.
As I have come to expect from Lockyer, she couldn’t even quit with grace. She didn’t tell her staff about it, but at least she came clean about her problems, in her resignation letter, “I got myself in a place called addiction all by myself,” Nadia Lockyer wrote in her resignation letter Friday. “A decade of nonstop trauma, pain and loss are my personal excuse. But this time, this recent trauma is just too much and something I can’t ignore.” (From the San Francisco Chronicle.)
What a train wreck. If only I had beat her when I ran against her for the SAUSD School Board in 1998. Her life might have turned out differently…