Danville Mayor Candace Andersen has announced that she will be running for District 2 County Supervisor. If successful, Andersen will begin as county supervisor in January 2013, following the completion of her current term as mayor.
District 2 Supervisor Gayle Uilkema recently announced that she will not be seeking re-election in 2012.
"I have the privilege of working with Supervisor Uilkema on various county boards. She serves the community with dignity and integrity. I look forward to following in her footsteps," Andersen said.
Issues important to Andersen include: working collaboratively with county leaders and workers to find solutions to unsustainable pension costs; ensuring that development takes place within the Urban Limit Line; adequately funding law enforcement to maintain and create safe communities and finding additional ways to support business growth and development.
In August, District 2 was reconfigured to include San Ramon, Danville, Alamo and a portion of Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda. Diablo, Tassajara and Blackhawk stayed in District 3, which is represented by Mary Nejedly Piepho. Tomi Van de Brook, Piepho's chief of staff, has also announced plans to run for District 2 supervisor.
"This is a great district to represent. We have much in common with regard to maintaining our quality of life, especially as it applies to growth, transportation, and safety." Andersen commented.
Andersen has served on the Danville Town Council for the past eight years and also served on the Morgan Hill City Council in the early 1990s. She is an attorney licensed to practice law in California and Hawaii, and began her career as a criminal Prosecuting Attorney in Honolulu. She put her legal career on hold to raise her six children and serve the community.
"If I win, I won't go back to practicing law since being on the Board of Supervisors is even more time consuming (than Town Council)," Andersen wrote. "However, my legal training gives me a great foundation for understanding the many issues I will be dealing with as a supervisor."
The board election will occur in November 2012, with a primary election that June.
"I'm looking forward to a very full and active year being the mayor of Danville this year, which definitely takes priority over campaigning," Andersen added.