Ex-San Quentin spokesman may run for supervisor

Vernell Crittendon, the retired spokesman for San Quentin State Prison featured in a lengthy recent New Yorker profile, says he might run for Contra Costa County supervisor next year.

If he does, the Pinole resident would come up against incumbent Gayle Uilkema of Lafayette, who has vowed to seek re-election.

Crittendon has no complaints about Uilkema but says regards himself as a public servant and believes skills he gained in his professional lend themselves to public office.

“I believe I have something to offer to the citizens in Contra Costa that could make a difference in their lives,” Crittendon said. “My passions are family, our next generation of youth and getting a handle on crime and violence.”

Lisa Vorderbrueggen