First supervisor candidate face-off on Friday

The Contra Costa Council is holding the election season’s first candidate show-down Friday in the two contested Contra Costa County supervisor seats.

Come see Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho of Discovery Bay debate her challenger, Assemblyman Guy Houston of San Ramon.

The four people who will run against incumbent Supervisor Federal Glover of Pittsburg have been invited to the event, as well: Gary Agopian of Antioch, Erik Nunn of Oakley, Don Parscal of Brentwood and Mary Rocha of Antioch.

I am the moderator for the event and I’ll have a few questions to ask plus the audience will have a crack at the candidates, too. (If you can’t make it, send me over your questions via email at lvorderbrueggen@bayareanewsgroup.com.)

Here’s the official Contra Costa Council press release, that contains all the pertinent details:

The Contra Costa Council and Wells Fargo will co-host a Candidates Forum on Friday, March 14, 2008, at Round Hill Country Club, 3169 Round Hill Road, Alamo. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by the first presentation at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will be at 12 noon, followed by the second presentation.

Candidates who have agreed to attend and present their campaign platform include District 5 Supervisor Federal Glover and opposing candidates Gary Agopian and Erik Nunn, vying for the District 5 seat; and Supervisor Mary Piepho and Assemblyman Guy Houston, candidates in the District 3 race. Any additional candidates who file for either race will be invited to participate.

Contra Costa Times political columnist Lisa Vorderbrueggen will moderate the forum, which will consist of opening statements by each candidate, questions and answers from the moderator and audience members, and a final statement by each candidate.

“The Contra Costa Council is pleased to co-host this year’s Candidates Forum with our partner, Wells Fargo” said Council President Linda Best. “We want to ensure that all candidates’ positions are heard and that Contra Costa citizens have the opportunity to meet candidates and determine the person they believe is best qualified for the job of governing our county.”

The price for elected officials and Council members is $35; nonmember price is $50. Registration forms are posted on the Council’s website at www.contracostacouncil.com. Reservations and payment are required by March 12 and should be mailed to: Contra Costa Council, 1355 Willow Way, Suite 253, Concord, CA 94520. Reservations can also be faxed with credit card information to 925-674-1654. For more information, contact Suzanne Schoenfeld at 925-246-1880.

The event is being sponsored by The Bowlby Group, Chevron, Morgan Miller Blair and Tesoro.

About the Contra Costa Council: The Contra Costa Council is a public policy advocacy organization that promotes the economic vitality of Contra Costa County and the region.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen