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Freitas won’t run for supervisor

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 at 10:23 am in 2008 June primary, Contra Costa County.

Antioch Mayor Don Freitas will not challenge Contra Costa Supervisor Federal Glover. Instead, Freitas will seek re-election to his mayoral seat.

For months, Freitas told folks informally that he was planning to run for the higher office but he apparently couldn’t line up either the requisite campaign cash or political support for a candidacy against the incumbent.

This is good news for Glover, who has had some rocky times in his relationship with Antioch. City leaders and the supervisor clashed on how to handle some of the city’s problems with county oversight of poor residents who receive federally subsidized housing aid.

That leaves Glover with just one declared opponent thus far, Erik Nunn of Oakley. Nunn ran unsuccessfully against the incumbent in 2004 but won enough votes to inspire a second try this year.

The question now is whether Freitas will face a challenger for his mayoral post. Councilman Jim Davis has talked about running for mayor against Freitas but Davis has also talked about running against Glover.

Don’t count Freitas out when it comes to higher office, though. Watch him in 2010 when term limits kick in and Assembly District 11 opens up.

Here’s the email Freitas sent out on Monday:

There has been much speculation during the past several months if I was going to run for re-election as Mayor or for County Supervisor. A lot of effort exploring the possibility of running for County Supervisor was expended. I was more than happy with the responses I received from family, friends, community, business and labor. But after much consideration, I want to inform all of you at the same time that I have made the decision to run for re-election as Mayor in November, 2008.

In politics, timing is everything. Due to personal, professional and political circumstances I have decided with my family that it is best for me not to run for County Supervisor at this time. I know Antioch has a lot of challenges ahead of us and I am committed to work and resolve them.

I want to thank you for your support and guidance.

Donald Freitas

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  • Doug Smith

    What a bunch of hogwash. It’s not because of his “personal, professional and political circumstances”. The fact is Freitas couldn’t get enough people committing to give him money to fund his campaign for Supervisor. It’s already been committed to Glover or Nunn. And with the problems in Antioch – serious increases in crime, budget deficits, delays in improvements in both Highway 4 widening and completion of the Highway 4 Bypass, etc. – he shouldn’t be running for reelection either. Don is done. Freitas is finished.

  • Doug Smith

    What a bunch of hogwash. It’s not because of his “personal, professional and political circumstances”. The fact is Freitas couldn’t get enough people committing to give him money to fund his campaign for Supervisor. It’s already been committed to Glover or Nunn. And with the problems in Antioch – serious increases in crime, budget deficits, delays in improvements in both Highway 4 widening and completion of the Highway 4 Bypass, etc. – he shouldn’t be running for reelection either. Don is done. Freitas is finished.

  • Elwood

    A wise decision on Freitas’ part.

    Federal would kick his ass.

  • Renegade GOP

    For 14 years I have heard that Don Freitas was going to run for supervisor or something. Blah blah blah!!
    Talk about the slow path to success!

  • Renegade GOP

    For 14 years I have heard that Don Freitas was going to run for supervisor or something. Blah blah blah!!
    Talk about the slow path to success!

  • Ernest Hampson

    As usual, great weekly column in the Sunday’s Times concerning the foibles of our self-effacing, sacrificing, and noble elected officials. (Now, that’s enough to make you gag on your morning bagel!)

    Don Freitas is, absolutely, correct when he proclaims that Glover and Rossi were planning a smear campaign against him. Their secret strategy revolved around telling the truth about Freitas. How dare they use such despicable and underhanded tactics in a race for public office?!!

  • Ernest Hampson

    As usual, great weekly column in the Sunday’s Times concerning the foibles of our self-effacing, sacrificing, and noble elected officials. (Now, that’s enough to make you gag on your morning bagel!)

    Don Freitas is, absolutely, correct when he proclaims that Glover and Rossi were planning a smear campaign against him. Their secret strategy revolved around telling the truth about Freitas. How dare they use such despicable and underhanded tactics in a race for public office?!!