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John T. Nejedly to run for Contra Costa Assessor

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 at 2:16 pm in 2010 election, Contra Costa County.

Kramer

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Nejedly

Contra Costa Community College Director John T. Nejedly has declared his intent to challenge Contra Costa County Assessor Gus Kramer.

Nejedly, son of the late state Sen. John A. Nejedly and sibling to Supervisor Mary Piepho and Central Contra Costa Sanitary District Director Jim Nejedly, had been considering a run for District Attorney but his short tenure as an attorney — he passed the bar in December 2007 — was a significant barrier.

This could get very interesting.

Kramer already had one declared opponent, Bob Brooks. And Kramer has suffered some bad publicity in the past year after a Times series chronicled allegations that the avid real estate investor misused his office for personal gain. The District Attorney’s Office has launched an investigation but Kramer has not been formally accused of any wrongdoing.

Nejedly has seen his share of negative press, too. The 14-year veteran of the college board sued his siblings after their late father disowned him, alleging they conspired to cheat him out of his share of the senator’s Walnut Creek estate. Court documents revealed Nejedly’s history of drug abuse and marital problems; Nejedly has said he has overcome those issues.

The candidates will appear on the June 2010 ballot. If any one candidate receives 50 percent plus one vote, he or she will win the seat outright. If not, the top two voter-getters will compete in a runoff in November 2010.

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  • Ralph Hoffmann, Guest Columnist

    Interesting. Very Interesting.

  • John W

    Seems like a long shot, considering the baggage and lack of any qualifications for the job. Hard to run on “the name,” if the family patriarch disinherited you.

  • REW

    John Nejedly has done a great job as a board member for the Contra Costa Community College District. This is not really a political job, it’s a job of the heart.
    There are endless boring board meeting and the board members get paid practically nothing. But the educational opportunties CCCD provides – especially to low income people – are just incredible. Given his longtime service to this great community college district – the finest in the state – I think John Nejedly would make a fine candidate for Assesor. The fact that he’s has some personal problems in the past shouldn’t disqualify him for this office. As I recall Federal Glover had some personal problems as well in his past, but he’s turned out to be a fine Supervisor. I wish John Nejedly good luck in his campaign.

  • Robert R