Pleasant Hill vice mayor to run for county supervisor

Pleasant Hill Vice Mayor Karen Mitchoff

Pleasant Hill Vice Mayor Karen Mitchoff

Pleasant Hill Vice Mayor Karen Mitchoff says she will run next year for Contra Costa County supervisor in District 4.

Mitchoff hopes to succeed Contra Costa County Supervisor Susan Bonilla, who has said she will run in 2010 for the seat held by soon-to-be-termed-out Assemblyman Tom Torlakson.

Mitchoff was elected to the Pleasant Hill City Council last November.

But she has been a fixture in local politics for years both as a member of Pleasant Hill advisory boards and as the former chief of staff for three elected officials  including former Contra Costa County Sheriff Richard Rainey, former Contra Costa County Supervisor Sunne Wright McPeak and then-supervisor Mark DeSaulnier. (He is now a state senator.)

She currently works for Contra Costa  as an administrative analyst where her duties include monitoring legislation affecting human services, special projects and fiscal issues.

Mitchoff tells me she has been thinking about running for supervisor ever since Bonilla expressed a desire to run for the Legislature. But Mitchoff held off based on the decision of another potential candidate, Concord Councilman Guy Bjerke.

“Guy called and told me he is not running,” Mitchoff said today.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Well its obvious how much the Pleasant Hill City Council means to her when she was just elected in Dec 2008 and wants to leave halfway through her term, appears she has as much loyalty as Mark DeSaulnier.

  • RR

    She looks like Shirley Jones

  • Mike F.

    “Half way through her term” – not even that, it has only been 6.5 months. Repeat 6.5 months! Now she supports DeSaulnier for Congress, does anyone else see the trend?

  • RF

    the concord power hand-off?