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Newsfront - May 9, 2008

Three candidates vying for supervisor

50 percent of vote needed to decide election

by Meghan Neal

With less than a month until the June 3 primary election, the race for District 3 County Supervisor is heating up, with candidate signs sprouting on hillsides and lawns. If one candidate wins 50 percent of the vote, that person automatically wins. If no one gets 50 percent, the top two contenders will face off in November.

Three candidates are vying for the seat: State Assemblyman Guy Houston (R., 15th) is challenging incumbent Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho, and Danville resident Stevan Thomas recently joined the race as a write-in candidate.

Houston, being termed out of his seat in the Assembly, originally intended to run for Congress but was stopped short when Republican Party leaders chose to back another candidate. Houston then turned his focus to the supervisor job.

Meanwhile, Democrat Thomas was after Houston's seat in the Assembly, but he dropped out as it became clear that contender Joan Buchanan held a strong lead in the democratic primary.

County supervisor is a nonpartisan position. In this spirit, State Sen. Tom Torlakson (D., 7th) has endorsed Piepho, a Republican. Houston has been endorsed by fellow Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Piepho began the year with $83,918 in campaign funds; Houston with $156,278.

As of March 17, when the candidates last reported financial information to the Contra Costa Elections Department, Houston had received $5,160 in contributions in 2008; Piepho had received $11,859. The two campaigns spent close to the same amount from Jan. 1 through March 17, roughly $20,000.

Thomas did not disclose financial information to the county since his campaign hadn't raised the required minimum of $1,000 by the cutoff. The candidates will report figures again at the end of May.

Whoever ends up in the supervisor seat next year will inherit the county's $3 billion retiree healthcare liability - a problem Piepho points out she inherited when she took office in 2005.

She says that over the last four years she's kept her promises to control the budget while also making roads safer and less congested, protecting open spaces and supporting public safety.

Piepho held a rally last Friday at the Veteran's Hall in Danville to reach absentee ballot voters. Danville Councilwoman Karen Stepper, Bob Pack of the Pack Foundation and other local leaders joined her to show their support.

"I will continue to put the public's interest first - to deliver results," Piepho pledged at the event.

Houston is spreading a similar message; in his campaign statement he promises to put the average citizen first. He cites public safety as a top priority and pledges to practice fiscal responsibility.

Having served as mayor of Dublin for six years, he points to that city's record for fiscal thrift as proof that he could take on the county's economic problems.

Thomas, a progressive Democrat and Danville electrician, notes he is a trouble shooter and fixes things for a living. Although the position is non-partisan he said party matters in terms of philosophy and ideals.


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Posted by Karen Sexton
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on May 9, 2008 at 7:29 am

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Dear Neighbors,

You asked, "Stevan Thomas, What does he stand for?" Here are some exerpts from his public commentary:

"I was a candidate for US Congress District 11 (Pombo-land) in the June 2006 primary. I'm now an alternate on the Contra Costa County Democratic Central Committee, a delegate to the State Convention and a candidate for State Assembly in District 15." (He dropped out in favor of Joan Buchanan)

“Today corporations run our government and our trade policies to maximize their own profits by outsourcing and off-shoring the jobs that build wealth and create a middle class. It’s supposed to be “we the people” and “of the people, by the people and for the people,” not “of the few, by the few, for the few".

“The large corporations, particularly the multinationals are organizations with only one goal: maximum profits for shareholders to drive stock prices ever higher. Corporate executives make their personal millions and billions mostly because they are handsomely paid in stock options; personal greed quickly overwhelms any sense of social responsibility. Profits are worshipped as the only goal, no matter what the social and environmental costs or consequences are, anywhere in the world. In an individual, this behavior would be considered sociopathic. Corporations are not people and should not have the same rights as citizens under the Fourteenth Amendment of our Constitution. There are so many way Californians can lead, not just our State, but the Country, if we make government once more work for "we the people." I am purposefully using the 13 star, revolutionary flag as my symbol to remind people that we came from a revolution about "government by the people."


Karen Sexton

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