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Ex-Antioch mayor Rocha pulls supervisor papers

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Friday, March 7th, 2008 at 10:01 pm in 2008 June primary, Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics.

In a surprise and unannounced move late Friday, former Antioch Mayor Mary Rocha pulled candidacy papers in the growing field of candidates running to replace incumbent Contra Costa Supervisor Federal Glover of Pittsburg.

The county elections office had not verified her nomination signatures, per an update of the draft candidate list it sent out a few minutes ago. Until that happens, she is not officially on the ballot although it seems unlikely that she paid the $974 filing fee without also submitting the necessary signatures.

Rocha ran unsuccessfully against Glover in 2000, where he won the first of his two terms in the county office.

In addition to Glover, three men have qualified for the ballot including Antioch Unified School District Trustee Gary Agopian, Oakley Planning Commissioner Erik Nunn and Brentwood CEO Don Parscal.

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  • Ken Hambrick

    So the race for District 5 is heating up. Unfortunately there is no badly needed competition for Gayle Uilkema’s seat since Mike Menesini has now said he won’t run.

    But District 3 is even more interesting with Guy Houston running for Mary Piepho’s seat. But what is really interesting is John Gioia’s desperate attempt to protect his protege Piepho. He wants to protect his fiefdom and knows he can’t control Houston.

    Gioia’s now fumbling around trying to change campaign money by limiting the amount that can be transfered from on campaign fund from another. Houston has reeived a lot in contributions while Piepho has collected very little (one wonders why).

    My take on the failure of Piepho in raising money is that she has lost the support of many of us who supported her last time. She has lost us because she has been a disaster, especially on the financial side.

    Gioia and Piepho are the two Supervisors on the Finance Committee. With the county’s finances in such poor shape, why did this committee meet only three times in 2007?

    Another interesting question is why is liberal Democrat Gioia working so hard to get an ostensibly conservative Republican Piepho re-elected? It’s easy to draw your own comclusion.

  • Ken Hambrick

    So the race for District 5 is heating up. Unfortunately there is no badly needed competition for Gayle Uilkema’s seat since Mike Menesini has now said he won’t run.

    But District 3 is even more interesting with Guy Houston running for Mary Piepho’s seat. But what is really interesting is John Gioia’s desperate attempt to protect his protege Piepho. He wants to protect his fiefdom and knows he can’t control Houston.

    Gioia’s now fumbling around trying to change campaign money by limiting the amount that can be transfered from on campaign fund from another. Houston has reeived a lot in contributions while Piepho has collected very little (one wonders why).

    My take on the failure of Piepho in raising money is that she has lost the support of many of us who supported her last time. She has lost us because she has been a disaster, especially on the financial side.

    Gioia and Piepho are the two Supervisors on the Finance Committee. With the county’s finances in such poor shape, why did this committee meet only three times in 2007?

    Another interesting question is why is liberal Democrat Gioia working so hard to get an ostensibly conservative Republican Piepho re-elected? It’s easy to draw your own comclusion.

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