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Andersen Wins Supervisor's Seat

The Danville mayor received 60 percent of the vote in the election to replace the late Supervisor Gayle Uilkema

Danville Mayor Candace Andersen has easily won the race for the District 2 seat on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.

With absentee ballots and all 140 precincts reporting, Andersen had gathered 24,692 votes, about 60 percent of the total.

Contra Costa Community College District trustee Tomi Van de Brooke had 11,367 votes, almost 28 percent.

Solar energy professor Sean White was third with 4,828 votes, almost 12 percent.

By finishing above 50 percent, Anderson won the District 2 seat without having to face a runoff election in November.

Her term is scheduled to begin in January. However, Andersen is replacing the late Supervisor Gayle Uilkema, who died last month. Uilkema had already announced she wouldn't seek re-election after 16 years on the board.

Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to appoint someone to fill the remainder of Uilkema's term. Andersen said she would contact the governor's office on Wednesday to ask that she be appointed.

"There's a lot of business that needs to be taken care of," she said.

Andersen also said she was gratified with the large number of votes she received.

"I couldn't be more pleased," Andersen said. "I'm glad my message got out."

Andersen said she felt her years on the Danville Town Council made a difference with voters in these tough economic times.

"I felt experience did matter in this election," said Andersen.

Van de Brooke could not be reached for comment.

White, who raised no money and campaigned against heavily financed political campaigns, said he won if you go by how much money was spent per vote.

"I wanted to get involved and this is how I got involved," he said.

The newly reconfigured supervisor district includes Lamorinda, the San Ramon Valley and parts of Walnut Creek.

Contra Costa County election officials reported a 30 percent turnout in Tuesday's primary. There are 520,000 registered voters in the county and 160,000 of them voted in this election.

District 2 Supervisor

Total Votes Percentage Candace Andersen
24,692 60.27 Tomi Van de Brooke
11,367 27.75 Sean White
4,828 11.78 Unofficial results from the Contra Costa web site
Mack Sennet June 06, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Hopefully, since she's fresh off of an election, Ms. Andersen (or someone on the Board) will look into why our county appears to have missed the deadline to send ballots to our military members serving overseas. Perhaps, she or someone on the Board can address why the county appears to have "a stated practice that fails to ensure that a UOCAVA voter’s preferred method for receiving a blank absentee ballot is honored." Is it too much to ask that our county election officials follow a law that's designed to ensure the people fighting for our country have a chance to participate in our country's election process?
Carl Hutchins, Jr. June 06, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Okay. Enough of the religion in a political discussion. I look forward to the Governor's prompt action appointing andersen. Hmmm,I might be dreaming!! No Tami message? well, too bad, that all folks Off to other tasks. Carl
c5 June 07, 2012 at 01:46 PM
how about a county initiative similar to what was just passed in san jose? time to get to work candace.
Carl Hutchins, Jr. June 07, 2012 at 01:58 PM
C5: I hope it isn't necessary. Litigation was threatneed if it passed. well, bet on it, the lawsuits are on the way. A very expensive, slow and flowed way to resolve issues. The court will force/encourage mediation. that may work. A far better course is give and take negotiation by the sup's and the unions trying to keep the welfare of all in focus. In my past career, i was involved in tons of litigation.
c5 June 07, 2012 at 02:35 PM
i don't favor litigation at all, but the unions have shown zero willingness to negotiate what will be give backs, so this is likely to be in the courts. also, the san jose initiative as i understand it contained a provision such that if it doesn't hold up in court, the city has the right to extract the savings via cuts to wages. i'm fine with that as well. time for taxpayers to take back control over the spending that is mean to provide them services imo.

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