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Concord councilman’s widow will seek seat

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, August 30th, 2007 at 11:15 am in Contra Costa politics.

Vikki Chavez, the widow of the late Concord Councilman Michael Chavez, has re-entered the competition to replace her husband on the City Council.

Chavez had withdrawn her name and did not participate in Monday night’s public forum where the City Council questioned the applicants. Nineteen people signed up but only 17 participated after Chavez and another prospective councilmember dropped out.

In Chavez’ letter to the city in which she asked to be reconsidered, she said she did not attend Monday night because it was her late husband’s birthday. Michael Chavez died suddenly on Aug. 4 of a heart attack.

It’s unclear whether the City Council will permit Chavez to re-enter the field when they meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to select a replacement. (Click here to see the City Council agenda.) She didn’t participate in the council’s public forum and permitting her change her mind after the fact could open the council to charges of unfairness.

But at least one advocate for open space within the future use of the Concord Naval Weapons Station clearly prefers Chavez.

“We would definitely be interested if Vikki came back in,” said Kathy Gleason. “We were so happy to have Michael, a real person, one of us, on the council.”

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  • Gregory Hile

    While it was somewhat awkward for Vikki to have withdrawn rather than indicate that she could not attend because it would have been Michael’s birthday, I think that under the extenuating circumstances she should still have the chance to be considered by the council. She did submit an application and if members of the council have any questions for her they can ask them at the next meeting.

  • Gregory Hile

    While it was somewhat awkward for Vikki to have withdrawn rather than indicate that she could not attend because it would have been Michael’s birthday, I think that under the extenuating circumstances she should still have the chance to be considered by the council. She did submit an application and if members of the council have any questions for her they can ask them at the next meeting.

  • Rose Alonzo

    I absolutely agree!!!

  • Rose Alonzo

    I absolutely agree!!!