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Got questions for primary candidates? Send ‘em over

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, April 21st, 2008 at 11:12 am in 2008 June primary.

I’m busy prepping the next two days to moderate six televised election round-tables on Wednesday, which will air on CCTV and be available on our web site. (Each will be 30 minutes.)

If you could ask the questions in the following races, what would you ask? I’d love to hear from you.

– Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors District 3 (candidates are Mary Nejedly Piepho and Guy Houston)

– Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors District 5 (candidates are Federal Glover, Erik Nunn, Don Parscal, Gary Agopian and Mary Rocha)

– Assembly District 14, Democratic primary (candidates are Nancy Skinner, Tony Thurmond, Phil Polakoff and Kriss Worthington)

– Assembly District 15, Republican primary (candidates are Judy Lloyd, Abram Wilson, Scott Kamena and Robert Rao)

– Assembly District 15, Democratic primary (candidates are Joan Buchanan, Ted Ford)

– Propositions 98 and 99, competing measures on eminent domain and rent control

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  • M. Yaz

    Lisa,
    I am confused as to why Erik Nunn switched from being a Republican to a Democrat? As a member of a local church in East County, was it due to his parishoner’s concerns, pressure from the union, or persuasion for Sal Evola and Seeno? Please ask him to explain his new views along with the values that he now holds.
    Thanks.

  • M. Yaz

    Lisa,
    I am confused as to why Erik Nunn switched from being a Republican to a Democrat? As a member of a local church in East County, was it due to his parishoner’s concerns, pressure from the union, or persuasion for Sal Evola and Seeno? Please ask him to explain his new views along with the values that he now holds.
    Thanks.

  • Rich Verrilli

    Lisa,

    Should you not invite Steve Thomas who has met the requirements for a Write in Candidate and is endorsed by the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County for the 3d supervisorial District ?

    democratic Party of Contra Costa County for supervisor in the 3d District ?

  • Rich Verrilli

    Lisa,

    Should you not invite Steve Thomas who has met the requirements for a Write in Candidate and is endorsed by the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County for the 3d supervisorial District ?

    democratic Party of Contra Costa County for supervisor in the 3d District ?

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Rich,

    Here’s the story on Steve Thomas and the round-table.

    Steve would have been included if he had completed his write-in candidacy paperwork by 5 p.m. April 21. Clerk-Record Steve Weir required as a condition of his sponsorship that we invite all qualified candidates, including qualified write-ins, who have until mid-May to complete their paperwork at the county.

    We had to have an earlier deadline due to our taping schedule. We need get the round-tables on the air and on-line prior to early voting, which starts May 5.

    Steve Thomas knew about the round-table because I gave him the date several weeks ago.

    But unfortunately, Steve didn’t know about the deadline because the Contra Costa County Clerk’s Office listed the wrong number on its candidates’ report.

    As a result, the League of Women Voters’ volunteer who called all the candidates in the six segments we are taping left several messages on the wrong voice mail machine. She also checked periodically with the county to see if Steve had qualified, as I had told her about the possibility that he would be added to the list.

    The volunteer finally reached Steve Monday afternoon when she realized that she had not heard from him, but he was unable to file the requisite signatures with the county in time to meet our deadline.

    The deadline was already incredibly tight to meet our pre-taping production requirements at CCTV, where staff levels have been cut and they are relying on Comcast contributions of their staffers to supplement their efforts.

    It’s unfortunate for Steve. But we had to stick with our established deadline in order to ensure that our entire production schedule did not suffer.

    I seriously doubt, however, that Steve’s presence at this round-table would have made a significant difference in the outcome.

    As a 2006 unsuccessful Congressional primary candidate and as a man who abandoned plans this year to run in the Democratic primary for state Assembly, Steve is well-versed on running for office and he knows the burden of being a write-in candidate.

    Frankly, given the time crunch, I was surprised that Steve didn’t file the paperwork ASAP. I fully expected him to be a part of the round-table. After all, when he declared his intent to run as a write-in on April 7, the election was 8 weeks away. By April 21, it was 6 weeks away.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Rich,

    Here’s the story on Steve Thomas and the round-table.

    Steve would have been included if he had completed his write-in candidacy paperwork by 5 p.m. April 21. Clerk-Record Steve Weir required as a condition of his sponsorship that we invite all qualified candidates, including qualified write-ins, who have until mid-May to complete their paperwork at the county.

    We had to have an earlier deadline due to our taping schedule. We need get the round-tables on the air and on-line prior to early voting, which starts May 5.

    Steve Thomas knew about the round-table because I gave him the date several weeks ago.

    But unfortunately, Steve didn’t know about the deadline because the Contra Costa County Clerk’s Office listed the wrong number on its candidates’ report.

    As a result, the League of Women Voters’ volunteer who called all the candidates in the six segments we are taping left several messages on the wrong voice mail machine. She also checked periodically with the county to see if Steve had qualified, as I had told her about the possibility that he would be added to the list.

    The volunteer finally reached Steve Monday afternoon when she realized that she had not heard from him, but he was unable to file the requisite signatures with the county in time to meet our deadline.

    The deadline was already incredibly tight to meet our pre-taping production requirements at CCTV, where staff levels have been cut and they are relying on Comcast contributions of their staffers to supplement their efforts.

    It’s unfortunate for Steve. But we had to stick with our established deadline in order to ensure that our entire production schedule did not suffer.

    I seriously doubt, however, that Steve’s presence at this round-table would have made a significant difference in the outcome.

    As a 2006 unsuccessful Congressional primary candidate and as a man who abandoned plans this year to run in the Democratic primary for state Assembly, Steve is well-versed on running for office and he knows the burden of being a write-in candidate.

    Frankly, given the time crunch, I was surprised that Steve didn’t file the paperwork ASAP. I fully expected him to be a part of the round-table. After all, when he declared his intent to run as a write-in on April 7, the election was 8 weeks away. By April 21, it was 6 weeks away.

  • Steve Marston

    Questions for the Supe Candidates (both races): who has endorsed you? Who are your top three financial contributors? How many homes have you approved while in office (if any)? To Glover and Piepho: why did you raise your salary and not make it effective until after the next election and do you believe you’ve earned such a large pay raise? Finally, do you agree with the decision to appoint MAC Members instead of allowing them to be elected by the voters in their communities?

  • Rich Verrilli

    Lisa:

    Thank You.
    AS usual, you are professional and on top of things.

    Rich

  • http://halfwaytoconcord.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/New_Paradigm_Review.pdf Bill Gram-Reefer

    Here we go with the “special needs” of the press dictating terms to candidates.

    Steve Thomas and any candidate can publish their opinions AND campaign videos at Halfway To Concord any time he wants.

  • http://halfwaytoconcord.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/New_Paradigm_Review.pdf Bill Gram-Reefer

    Here we go with the “special needs” of the press dictating terms to candidates.

    Steve Thomas and any candidate can publish their opinions AND campaign videos at Halfway To Concord any time he wants.

  • Dman

    Is Seeno backing you financially or any other way?

    If the Central Labor Council is backing you, how would you be able to negotiate with unions and still maintain a balance of services and OPEB obligations?

  • Steve Marston

    Will you commit to not raising taxes or fees to balance the budget? Name one idea you would propose and implement to improve the county government.

  • Steve Marston

    Will you commit to not raising taxes or fees to balance the budget? Name one idea you would propose and implement to improve the county government.

  • CoCoGal

    It was overheard that Mary Rocha said she and Gary Agopian are merely running as a warm up for the Antioch City Council race, this Fall. Is that true?

  • CoCoGal

    It was overheard that Mary Rocha said she and Gary Agopian are merely running as a warm up for the Antioch City Council race, this Fall. Is that true?

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    CoCoGal, I’ve heard the same rumor although I haven’t specifically asked Agopian or Rocha the question.

    I wonder if it makes much sense to count on a loss in one race to help you win in a later race. But perhaps voters will admire their persistence?

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    CoCoGal, I’ve heard the same rumor although I haven’t specifically asked Agopian or Rocha the question.

    I wonder if it makes much sense to count on a loss in one race to help you win in a later race. But perhaps voters will admire their persistence?