Alamo and some Danville voters will go to the polls in the Nov. 3 election for a new congressional representative for District 10. Two polling places will be open in Alamo and one in Danville.
Running to replace U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher, who accepted a position at the U.S. State Department in March, are Democrat John Garamendi; Republican David Harmer; Mary C. McIlroy of the Peace and Freedom party; Jeremy Cloward of the Green party; and Jerome Denham of the American Independent party.
State Lt. Gov. Garamendi, who lives in Walnut Grove, is the presumed front-runner in the election with the best name recognition from his three decades in state politics. Also, in District 10, Democrats outnumber Republicans 47 percent to 29 percent. Harmer, a resident of San Ramon, is coming in second in the polls.
Voter turnout is not expected to be high for this election, according to officials at the Contra Costa County Elections Division. The primary election in September saw a low voter turnout in the four counties that comprise District 10. It was estimated to be 29.9 percent in Contra Costa County.
More than half of the votes received will probably come from mail-in ballots, said election officials.