Local races run hot and cold for November

Folks have been telling me the last couple of days that citizens seem downright disinterested in running for local public office.

They cite the lack of a contested Pittburg City Council race — the first one in 60 years — and only one challenger running against the two Concord City Council incumbents. And there are 13 school board races in the East Bay with no challengers.

Local public office is a tough job, no question. Agencies face tight budget times. Running a campaign is expensive and scary. Elected officials are under media and public scrutiny. And God forbid you should actually win; that means you have to govern and perhaps make unpopular decisions.

Statistically, however, the same number of people are running in Contra Costa County this November as did in November 2004, the last presidential election. In 2004, the ballot featured 104 races and 279 candidates. This year, it’s 109 races and 279 candidates. That’s an average of 2.7 candidates per race in 2004 and 2008.

At 52, there is only one fewer contested race this year compared with 2004, too.

But the other component, which is not as quantifiable, centers around the viability of the challengers. In some of the races, these challengers are perennial unsuccessful candidates or are almost completely unknown in the political community. Do these folks have the ability to raise money and run a winning campaign? We’ll see.

Read more for the full list of East Bay candidates. Note that the list does not include uncontested races. To see a full list of all races, both contested and uncontested, click on Contra Costa County or Alameda County.

Note: I’ve been updating this list today as the clerks finalize the names and communicate the details to the county election offices.

The candidates in the following contested races have qualified to appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. (i) indicates incumbent. Uncontested races are not listed.


U.S. Rep., District 7: (Pittsburg to North Richmond and portions of Solano County from Vacaville to Benicia) George Miller, Dem. (i); Roger Petersen, Rep.; Camden McConnell, Libertarian; Bill Callison, Peace and Freedom

U.S. Rep. District 9: (Eastern Alameda County from Berkeley to Oakland to Castro Valley) Barbara Lee, Dem. (i); James Eyer, Libertarian; Charles Hargrave, Rep.

U.S. Rep., District 10: (Lamorinda, Walnut Creek, eastern Contra Costa County, portions of Solano County from Dixon to Suisun City and Livermore) Ellen Tauscher, Dem. (i); Nicholas Gerber, Rep.; Eugene Ruyle, Peace and Freedom

U.S. Rep., District 11: (San Ramon Valley, portions of the Tri-Valley, western San Joaquin County and a sliver of western Santa Clara County) Jerry McNerney, Dem. (i); Dean Andal, Rep.

U.S. Rep., District 13: (Southern Alameda County from San Leandro to the countyline and eastward to parts of Pleasanton) Fourtney “Pete” Stark, (i); Dem.; Raymond Chui, Rep.


Senate, District 7: (Most of Contra Costa County except Richmond) Mark DeSaulnier, Dem.; Christian Amsberry, Rep.

Senate, District 9: (Richmond and stretches south through Berkeley, Piedmont, Oakland and eastward to Castro Valley, Dublin, Livermore and the county line) Claudia Bermudez, Rep.; Marsha Feinland, Peace and Freedom; and Loni Hancock, Dem.

Assembly, District 11: (Northern Contra Costa Costa County from Antioch westward to Pinole) Tom Torlakson, Dem.; Elizabeth Hansen, Rep.

Assembly, District 15: (Portions of Sacramento County from Elk Grove south, western San Joaquin County, far eastern Contra Costa County, Livermore and the San Ramon Valley) Joan Buchanan, Dem.; H. Abram Wilson, Rep.

Assembly, District 16: (Oakland, Alameda and Piedmont) Sandre Swanson, Dem. (i); James Faison, Dem.

Assembly, District 18: (Dublin, portions of Pleasanton, Castro Valley, Hayward and San Leandro) Mary Hayashi, Dem. (i); Lou Filipovich, Rep.

Assembly District 20: (Fremont, Union City, Newark, Milpitas, and portions of Hayward, Castro Valley, Sunol, Pleasanton, and San Jose): Alberto Torrico (i), Dem.; Jeffrey Wald, Rep.


AC-Transit, at-large: Joyce Roy, Christian Peeples (i)

AC-Transit, Ward 2 (Includes Emeryville, Piedmont and portions of Berkeley and Oakland): Greg Harper (i), James Muhammad

BART, District 5 (includes Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon, plus parts of Castro Valley Hayward and Danville): John McPartland, Linda Jeffery Sailors

BART, District 7 (includes Albany, Emeryville, El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo and parts of San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, El Cerrito, El Sobrante): Marshall Walker III, Lynette Sweet (i)

East Bay Municipal Utility District, Ward 1 (Includes parts of Richmond and Pinole, and all of Crockett, Hercules, Rodeo and San Pablo): Lesa McIntosh (i), Charles Smith

East Bay Municipal Utility District, Ward 5 (includes Alameda, San Lorenzo, West Oakland, the Oakland Airport Area and a portion of San Leandro): Doug Linney (i), Susi Ostlund

East Bay Municipal Utility District, Ward 6: (Includes East Oakland and the portion of Oakland south of Park Boulevard and Fifth Avenue): Bob Feinbaum, Bill Patterson (i)

East Bay Regional Park District, Ward 1 (includes Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Kensington, a portion of Oakland, a small part of Pinole, Richmond and San Pablo): Norman LaForce, Whitney Dotson


Alameda County Water District (three seats): James Gunther (i), Robert Irvin, Marty Koller (i), John Weed (i)


Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, District 5: (Bethel Island, Antioch, Pittsburg, Bay Point and Oakley) Federal Glover (i), Gary Agopian

Contra Costa County Community College District, Ward 5 (Includes Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Knightsen, Oakley, Pittsburg): Jo Ann Cookman (i), Jess Reyes


Antioch Unified School District (three seats): Walter Ruehlig (i), Diane Gibson-Gray, Claire Smith (i), Sean Wright, Kristy Nielsen

Liberty Union High School District (two seats): Holly Hartman (i), Raymond Valverde, David Dal Porto (i)

Knightsen School District (three seats): Dorothy Walter (i), Franklin Dell (i), Barbara Cecchini (i), Seth Cockrell

Antioch mayor: Don Freitas (i); Jim Davis

Antioch City Council (two seats): Mary Rocha, Brian Kalinowski (i), Arne Simonsen (i)

Antioch treasurer: Anthony Puccio, Janet Davis, Robert Kalafate, Donna Conley (i)

Brentwood mayor: Bob Taylor (i), Teresa Wooten

Brentwood City Council (two seats): Erick Stonebarger (i), Robert Brockman (i), Roger Short

Oakley City Council (three seats): Patricia Anderson (i), Kevin Romick (i), Bob Caughron, Rodger McKeon, Brad Nix (i), Jim Frazier

Discovery Bay Community Services District (two seats): Mark Simon, Ray Tetreault, Bob Doran (i), Jennifer Finetti

Los Medanos Community Healthcare District (two seats): Joe Rubi (i), J. Vern Cromartie (i), Darnell Turner, Nadiri Jumoke

Bethel Island Municipal Utility District (three seats): Ralph Maloney, Janet Northam, Dennis Eisenbeis, Thomas Knorr Jr. (i), Robert Amrine Jr., Jeff Rocca, Paul Harper

Ambrose Park and Recreation District (two seats): Le’Andra Le’Shelle Turner, Connie Tolleson, Marcia Ravizza, Gloria Magelby (i), Eva Garcia (i), Reina Cardona


John Swett Unified School District (three seats): Jerry Parsons, Kyle Stockholm, Benita Shaw-Malone (i), Norma Clerici (i), Jim Delgadillo

West Contra Costa Unified School District (two seats): Antonia Medrano, Tony Thurmond, Robert Studdiford, Karen Pfeifer (i)

El Cerrito City Council (three seats): Bill Jones (i), Greg Lyman, David Boisvert, Ann Cheng, Andrew Ting

Hercules City Council (three seats): Ed Balico (i), Joanne Ward (i), John Delgado, Donald Kuehne

Pinole City Council: Roy Swearingen (i), Peter Murray (i), Maria Alegria

Pinole treasurer: Judy Lee (i), Ivette Ricco

Richmond City Council (three seats): Jeff Ritterman, Nat Bates (i), Chris Tallerico, Jovanka Beckles, Rock Brown, Thomas Butt (i), Harpreet Sandhu (i), John Marquez (i), Courtland “Corkey” Booze, Navdeep Garcha

San Pablo City Council (three seats): Charles Nicholas, Leonard McNeil (i), Espo, Jerry Sattler, Cecilia Valdez, Arturo Cruz

Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District (two seats): Joan Gallegos (i), Chuck Toombs, Cathie Kosel

West County Wastewater District (two seats): Jim Cowen, Michael Caine (i), Alfred Granzella (i)


Mt. Diablo Unified School District (two seats): Gary Eberhart (i), Jeff Adams, Sherry Whitmarsh, April Treece (i)

Clayton City Council (three seats): Jim Diaz, Daniel Richardson, Howard Geller, Julie Pierce (i), Joseph Medrano, Keith Haydon, Allen Lampo, Harun Simbirdi

Concord City Council (two seats): Bill Shinn (i), Mark Peterson (i), La Shawn Wells

Lafayette City Council (three seats): Gabriel Froymovich, Carol Federighi (i), Carl Anduri (i), Mike Anderson (i)

Martinez City Council (two seats): Mark Ross (i), Michael Alford, Janet Kennedy (i), Bradley Jackson

Martinez Treasurer: Charles Martin, Carolyn Robinson (i)

Moraga Town Council (three seats): Howard Harpham, Brad Kvederis, Michael Metcalf (i), Janice Kolbe, Dennis Wanken, Karen Mendonca

Orinda City Council (two seats): Victoria Smith (i), Steven Glazer (i), Bob Larsen

Pleasant Hill City Council (three seats): Keith Hunt, John Hanecak (i), Karen Mitchoff, David Durant (i), Bruce Weissenberger

Walnut Creek City Council (three seats): Sol Henik, Bob Simmons, Gary Skrel (i), Kish Rajan

Moraga-Orinda Fire Protection District, Division 2 (one seat): Fred Weil (i), Bob Nelson

Moraga-Orinda Fire Protection District, Division 5 (one seat): Gene Gottfried (i), Brook Mancinelli

Mt. View Sanitary District (three seats): David Maggi (i), Randell Williams (i), Jim Fredericks, Elmer Schaal


Danville Town Council (three seats): Candace Andersen (i), Mike Doyle (i), Newell Arnerich (i), Marianne Bordogna

San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (three seats): Kenneth Sandy (i), Roxanne Lindsay (i), Glenn Umont, Thomas Linari


Castro Valley Unified School District (three seats): John Barbieri (i), Marc Crawford, Jo Loss (i), Kunio Okui (i), Judith Radousky

Dublin Unified School District (three seats): Dan Cherrier, Dan Cunningham, John Ledahl (i), Norm Lee, Greg Tomlinson

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (two seats): Stewart Gary, Thomas McLaughlin (i), Bill Morrison (i), Charles Rogge Jr.

Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, Area 1: Jesus Armas, Marshall Mitzman

Pleasanton Unified School District (three seats): Valerie Arkin, Jeff Bowser, Chris Grant (i), Jamie Yee Hintzke, Stephen Page, Prasad Rallapalli

Dublin mayor: Tim Sbranti, Elizabeth King, Shawn Costello

Dublin City Council (two seats): Kasie Hildenbrand (i), John Zukoski, Robert Boboc, Kevin Hart, Elpi Abulencia

Pleasanton mayor: Jennifer Hosterman (i), Steve Brozosky

Pleasanton City Council (two seats): Matt Sullivan (i), Cindy McGovern (i), Howard Neely, Jerry Pentin

Castro Valley Sanitary District (three seats): Daniel Akagi (i), Hera Alikian, Timothy McGowan (i), Dennis Waespi (i)

Dublin-San Ramon Services District (three seats): Dan Scannell (i), David Pulice, Dwight Howard (i), Richard Halket (i)

Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (two seats): Steve Goodman (i), Beth Wilson (i), Barbara Kraybill

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • RR

    Please use uninterested in lieu of disinterested to mean indifferent or apathetic. Disinterested connotes lack of prejudgment or bias.

  • Renegade GOP

    Watch out for Marianne Bordogna. She is an excellent individual with the skills to bring excitement to what would other wise be a a morbid towne council campaign. She would make local government a lot more interesting.

  • Rewgolfer

    I was disappointed nobody ran for the Pittsburg Council. Elections in Pitt are always sort of interesting. I recall an election or two ago one of the victorious candidates failed to show at his swearing in ceremony! That was a first, in 40 years of watching politics.

  • Rewgolfer

    I must add it doesn’t surprise me almost nobody wants to run in Concord. In recent years very, very qualified people have served on the council, the bar has gotten pretty high. Peterson is a respected Deputy District Attorney, and Shinn is a retired Sherrif Commander, both have a strong backrounds in law enforcement, a key service of a city. Hofmiester has a big job with the City of Clayton, and Bejerke has a similiar job with Antioch. Hoffmiester and Bejerke are both qualified to work as City Managers, easily. There isn’t a city in the county that has this caliber a council in terms of know how and ability. It makes me proud to live in Concord.

  • I think you should check your facts, there are other Councils’ in Contra Costa County with just as high a caliper of expertise as Concord and in some cases more.
    I am not taking away from your pride, but not at the expense of the other cities.

  • Steve White

    My name is Steve white. I know Kevin Hart, and I can document the fact that he willfully disobeyed a court order issued by Judge Julie Conger. The effect of this disobedience was to cover up corruption in local govt. I was digging into court records to uncover wrongdoing, but was wrongly denied access to the courthouse by Hart, who knew of Judge Conger’s order but chose to disobey it. Obviously, by accusing Hart of wrongdoing, I am leaving myself open to a lawsuit if my accusations are not true, but I am not worried because they are true, and as I said before, I can prove it. So, you’ve got a guy running for public office who is a sworn officer of the law, but disobeys the law when he wants to.Since my purpose in going to the courthouse was to research possible public corruption, the effect, and personally I believe the intention, or Hart’s actions were to cover up corruption. If you want someone who acts illegally to cover up corruption, vote for Hart. Anyone desiring more information can contact me at boatbrain@aol.com or call me at 409 9735

  • Kasie the Alimony Queen

    Thank you, Mr. Steve White for speaking out against Councilman Kevin Hart of Dublin, CA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ktiOWEu8p8&feature=channel_page ). If you don’t believe Mr. White’s assertions, please check out the following video in which Councilman Hart is already exhibiting unbecoming behavior at a recent Dublin City Council meeting. In this now infamous proceeding, Councilman Kevin Hart made outrageous claims against a local blog beloved by many residents (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-2mDGNRo80&feature=related).