Martinez Councilman Mike Menesini will not challenge incumbent Contra Costa County Supervisor Gayle Uilkema in June.
“It was hard for me to say no,” Menesini said this morning. “And I hate to the race go uncontested. But this is just not the right time for me.”
Labor groups were pushing Menesini to run against Uilkema in the hopes of putting a more union-friendly vote on the board. As of last night, Uilkema had no challengers and the filing deadline is 5 p.m. today.
But Menesini, a well-known local politician who has been the mayor of Martinez, is an assistant district attorney in San Francisco with several murder cases on his plate. He also has two young children at home.
“My wife was pretty dubious about it,” he said.
Folks who know Menesini have been saying for the past week or so that he would run, and probably show up at the county elections office at the last minute.
Not this time, he says.
“I’m a lot less impetuous than I used to be,” he said.