Andersen wins supervisor race with 60% of vote

Office is non-partisan, she states, and she'll represent everyone

Danville Mayor Candace Andersen declared her victory in the race for Contra Costa County District 2 supervisor Tuesday night at 9:45 p.m., as she led with 61 percent of the vote, with Tomi Van de Brooke at 27 percent and Sean White at 12 percent.

"Despite only 16 precincts (out of 140) reporting, I'm declaring a victory," Andersen said to the room full of cheering supporters at her campaign headquarters at the Rose Garden in Danville.

Surrounded by county Republican leaders, including California Republican Party chairman Tom Del Beccaro who introduced her, Andersen said in her acceptance speech that she was appreciative of everyone who gave her support.

"I'm pleased that a number of my friends are here that are Democrats," Andersen said. "This is a non-partisan office and I'm here to represent every voter, whether they voted for me or not."

She also spoke movingly about District 2 Supervisor Gayle Uilkema, who announced in November that she would not run for reelection, then died May 19 after a two-year battle with cancer.

"Gayle signed a certificate endorsing me and it will be prominently displayed in Gayle's and my office," Andersen said.

With all 140 precincts reporting, the returns had shifted only slightly: Andersen led with 60.27 percent of the vote (24,692); Van de Brooke, who lives in Orinda, had 27.75 percent (11,367); White, from Lafayette, had 11.78 percent (4,828). There were 81 write-in votes. A candidate had to win a simple majority to avoid a runoff in November.

The race between Mayor Andersen and Van de Brooke, who is president of the Contra Costa Community College Governing Board, was contentious, with Van de Brooke focusing on social issues, saying Planned Parenthood's funding would be threatened by Andersen, a Mormon. Labor and abortion rights activists spent almost $50,000 on the race supporting Van de Brooke.

Andersen said again and again that she does not impose her beliefs on the community she serves, noting that she doesn't drink coffee or alcohol but there is a Starbucks on every corner in Danville, as well as Elliott's bar prominently in the middle of downtown. She stated she believes strongly in the importance of health care for women, and that a woman's right to choose is well entrenched in California and it is not a county issue.

Andersen focused on her experience on the city councils for 21 years, serving on up to 30 countywide committees, and her record as an effective leader. The two leading candidates addressed topics such as the county budget, unfunded liability in county pensions and the urban growth boundary

at a forum held by the Danville/SanRamon Express in April.

Contra Costa County has 520,098 registered voters; 160,108 (30.78 percent) of them voted Tuesday.


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Posted by Candyman
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 6, 2012 at 12:18 am

Candace's huge victory over the PLA candidate who played the anti-Mormon social fear mongerig card speaks very highly of our community. Good job!

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Posted by Tony
a resident of Diablo
on Jun 6, 2012 at 6:58 am

This is a great day for Contra Costa County. Although I happen to agree with Tomi Van de Brooke on the particular social issues, I think she ran a loathsome campaign focusing on abortion rights, etc. What did this have to do with the responsibilities of the C.C. County Board of Supervisors? Also maybe this is an indication that the electorate is becoming tired of the stranglehold that Organized Labor has had on the electoral process with the resultant fiscal mess we have in California. Candace Anderson will be an outstanding Supervisor.

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Posted by Tony
a resident of Diablo
on Jun 6, 2012 at 7:01 am

Sorry for the misspelling of Candace Andersen's name. She is great, my spelling not so.

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Posted by just the facts
a resident of Diablo
on Jun 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

Congratulations to new District 2 Supervisor Candace Andersen! We trust that you will be able to protect us from the falsely-named "New Farm" Camino Tassajara Valley project being railroaded through the County planning maze by District 3 Supervisor Mary Piepho (who prior to the redistricting "represented" all of the San Ramon Valley) and her developer supporters.

Unfortunately, Developer Piepho, a Discovery Bay resident, was unopposed in her District 3 Supervisorial election, and still "represents" Diablo, Blackhawk, and the northeastern side of Camino Tassajara. Our communities lost in the redisticting melee and had to stay in District 3 with the far-distant communities of Discovery Bay, Brentwood, Antioch, and others (can anyone say "gerrymandering"?). Piepho can be expected to continue her relentless efforts to get New Farm approved.

If approved, "New Farm" would destroy the County Urban Limit Line passed by voters many years ago. Camino Tassajara Valley would soon cease to be agricultural open space, instead being covered by thousands of homes built with the "New Farm" blueprint.

In the 1990's, well over 6000 new homes were proposed for the Camino Tassajara Valley, but the Urban Limit Line supposedly put it off-limits to development, while allowing Dougherty Valley to be developed. Ironically, Mary Piepho touted her "protection" of the Urban Limit Line in her campaign material, despite her Herculean efforts to break it by pushing New Farm!

We hope and pray that Andersen can represent the interests of all of us that live in the San Ramon Valley Valley and defeat New Farm. The quality of our lives in the San Ramon Valley depends upon it.

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Posted by Voter
a resident of Danville
on Jun 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

As Mayor, Candance Andersen did nothing to stop the illegal development by Summerhill Homes of the Magee Ranch property, so I would be shocked to see her stand up to developers of the "New Farm" property. Her election will be a win for greedy developers, and a loss for those who value open spaces.

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Posted by San Ramon Oberver
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

San Ramon Oberver is a registered user.

My interview this morning with Supervisor Elect Candace Andersen is now online. Web Link I had to stall for about a minute until she called in, but we had a very productive interview for 1/2 hour.

Andersen is waiting to hear from Governor Jerry Brown to see if she will be appointed to fill out Gayle Uilkema's unexpired term, which would mean she could be Supervisor Andersen very soon. For now she is still serving as Mayor of Danville until she hears otherwise.

We discussed the role of County government vs. Cities and Towns like San Ramon and Danville, how she dealt with Union sponsored "hit pieces" from her opponent, the pros and cons of Unions, and how she would bring more jobs to the County.

With senior communities Rossmoor and Sunny Glen in District 2, Andersen wants to improve services for the aging population to keep them active and living in their homes.

Roz Rogoff
San Ramon Observer blog Web Link=
San Ramon Express

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Posted by Voter
a resident of Danville
on Jun 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Did you ask her about Summerhill Homes illegal development of the Magee Ranch property?

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Posted by San Ramon Oberver
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm

San Ramon Oberver is a registered user.


I didn't know anything about the Summerhill Homes development; so I didn't ask Supervisor Elect Andersen about it. We talked about the election and the County and what she will do as Supervisor.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Danville
on Jun 6, 2012 at 10:42 pm


There is nothing to know about Summerhill yet, as the development has not even gone to the planning commission yet, let alone gone before the council. So to make claims that the mayhor or anyone from the town has 'approved' anything is patently false.

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Posted by tom
a resident of Danville
on Jun 7, 2012 at 9:17 am

Watch out will be the big losers in this election.

Danville will now have the inside force as far as stealing from alamo just check the facts and start with Hap Magee ranch.

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Posted by Peggy
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I hope that Mrs. Andersen will be a supervisor for Alamo instead of what she has been when it came to Hap McGee Park. Alamo always has been at the short end of the stick and shouldl just dump the park and sell it to Danville, since no one in Alamo has a say about how our money is spent there. Danville just takes money and thumbs its nose at Alamo.

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Posted by jim
a resident of Danville
on Jun 11, 2012 at 10:23 am

Hey Tony wake up and get a clue. If it were not for labor unions, Big corps. would screw the little guy (the 98%) more than they already do, and if your were more informed, you would realize unions have no stranglehold over any politician. I guess your brained washed like a lot of people who live in Diablo. It appears you know little or nothing about campaign contributions. Unions are out spent by the big corps and big money people by 40 to one. If the (2%) played by the same rules as the 98% have to, one would see a much different and better County, State or U.S. govt. As far as Mrs Andersen's new job, I wish her well and thank god the lobbyist haven't taken away our rights to get rid of her if she doesn't do her job.

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Posted by Nan
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm

While we're off topic, why not demand that all paid politicians adhere to the same "rules" as the 98% Same retirement, same health care, same perks.

Who had done a study of what those people spend and cost the 98%

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