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CC Supervisor Gioia may have challenger

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, April 9th, 2009 at 9:51 am in 2010 election, Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics.

Mister Phillips of San Pablo

Mister Phillips of San Pablo

San Pablo resident and attorney Mister Phillips announced his candidacy for Contra Costa County supervisor in District 1 via his new web site,

“Is West County, our community, better off than it was in 1998, 2002, or 2006? No? Well, let’s try something new in 2010,” Phillips writes on his web page.

He is a novice to political office but his online resume includes some impressive stats: Fourth generation resident of West County; congressional intern; Americorps alumnus; Juris Doctor from U.C. Hastings College of the Law; Esther Peterson Public Interest Fellow; U.S. Navy Reserve Lieutenant; community mediator and civil rights attorney.

Phillips is 30 years old and  he is registered as a decline to state voter. It is a nonpartisan seat but this is, nonetheless, a heavily Democratic district.

Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia

Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia

Incumbent District 1 Supervisor John Gioia has not had a challenger since he initially ran against then-Supervisor Jim Rogers in 1998. Gioia has been re-elected twice — 2002 and 2006 — with no opposition.

“I welcome anyone into the race,” Gioia told me a week ago. “I am willing to put my record on the line. I achieve results.”

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  • Angela McClain

    Mister Phillips is a registered Democrat. However, he looks forward to working with members of other political parties and independents to make our vision for a better West County real.

  • RR

    Mister has the best name since Major Major

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    I looked up Mister Phillips in the Contra Costa voter registration database I have on my computer but my file is a couple of months old and may not reflect a very recent change. I’ll give the Election Department a call tomorrow and see if they can look him up in their system for me and I’ll correct it if that’s the case. Thanks for letting me know!