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Contra Costa supervisor field grows … or not

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Friday, February 29th, 2008 at 4:05 pm in 2008 June primary.

A week before the March 7 filing deadline, Antioch School Board Trustee Gary Agopian pulled papers today to run against incumbent Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover.

Agopian is a vocal critic of the county’s aborted look at building a state prison, or re-entry facility, on one of five sites including a parcel in Antioch. He just told Times reporter Ryan Huff that he literally decided Thursday to run.

But Agopian’s entrance into the race does raise the question: What happened to Antioch Councilman Jim Davis? He was poised to announce his candidacy in the supervisor’s race a week ago but never did it. He even came into the newspaper office for a new mugshot. (That’s Davis on the right but that’s not his newspaper photo.)

Also running against Glover is Oakley Planning Commissioner Erik Nunn, who ran for the seat in 2004. Another man, Donald Parscal, pulled papers but he has no political experience, so we’ll see if he ends up on the ballot.

As for speculation about the other two Contra Costa County supervisor seats, there was no sign as of Friday afternoon of Democrat Steve Filson. (Pictured on below on the immediate right.) He’s contemplating a run against incumbent Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho and her challenger, Assemblyman Guy Houston. (He terms out this year.)

There’s also talk around town that Martinez Councilman Mike Menesini will jump into the race and against incumbent Supervisor GayleUilkema.

Oh man, she would really hate that.

FYI, Here’s Agopian’s press release:

Antioch school board member Gary Agopian took out papers today to run for County Supervisor in the 5th Supervisor District currently held by Federal Glover.

Agopian said, “The straw that broke the camel’s back in deciding to run is the Antioch prison issue and what happened at the last Board of Supervisors meeting.  Our supervisor voted for the Antioch location and supported it until the public pressure got so great he couldn’t ignore it.  The other candidate in the race was notably absent.  On an issue as important as this, we deserve better.”

Other issues Agopian will be focusing on are:

  • Reducing Neighborhood Crime
  • Protecting Home Property Values
  • Supporting School & Education
  • Expediting Traffic & Transportation Improvements

Antioch Unified School District Board of Trustees – 2004 to Present

Antioch Economic Development Commission – 2002 to 2005

Mello-Roos Board – 2007 to Present

Corporate Membership Antioch Chamber of Commerce

Antioch Unified School District Budget Advisory Committee – 2003 to 2005

PTA Member – Antioch High School & Deer Valley High School

 

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  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Ed Balico reportedly told Gayle Uilkema that his profession of interest in the seat was “just newspaper talk.” Hmmmm. No sign of his name yet.

  • Doug Smith

    Just great. The conservatives run two candidates in both the 3rd and the 5th Districts, and the liberals run one. Guess who wins – again? Agopian’s running just because “the other candidate” (Erik Nunn) didn’t show up at the Board of Supes meeting, one time on one issue? Sounds like a rather shallow reason.

  • Doug Smith

    Just great. The conservatives run two candidates in both the 3rd and the 5th Districts, and the liberals run one. Guess who wins – again? Agopian’s running just because “the other candidate” (Erik Nunn) didn’t show up at the Board of Supes meeting, one time on one issue? Sounds like a rather shallow reason.

  • Renegade GOP

    It is a pipe dream if you think a conservative is going to beat Federal Glover. Just look at the registration difference. If Glover stays in the race he will win big.

  • Samantha LaSpada

    I personally hope Federal Glover looses. I will be voting for Erik Nunn. He is definitely the right candidate for the job. Glover has already proven to be an unworthy candidate. And agopian served on the school board, the same school board that happens to be one of the largest deficits in the county! Why would I want him as supervisor? So we can all get in a deficit!

  • Renegade GOP

    Agopian served on a school board? Just like Mary Piepho. Lets not make the same mistake again.