Concord Councilwoman Helen Allen will not seek election to the seat held by outgoing Contra Costa Supervisor Susan Bonilla.
Allen says she will instead seek re-election this year to her City Council seat.
The other two declared supervisor candidates are Pleasant Hill Councilwoman Karen Mitchoff and Central Sanitary District board member Mike McGill. Concord Councilwoman Laura Hoffmeister has said she wants to run for supervisor but has not officially declared or raised any money.
Bonilla is running for Assembly District 11.
Allen was an unlikely supervisor candidate anyway, and talk behind the scenes was that she simply wanted to push Hoffmeister into making a decision one way or the other.
Four years ago, Allen publicly stated that she did not want to be re-elected to the City Council but made the decision too late to have her name removed from the ballot. She did not raise a dime or campaign but was re-elected anyway. As a council candidate, she will likely face the same issue that has dogged her for years — questions about her residency.
Allen and her husband sold their Concord home and bought a house near Sacramento several years ago, but she maintained a partial residency at her sister’s Concord condominium. The outspoken, feisty retired school teacher says she and her husband had hoped to sell their house and move fulltime back to Concord but they have been stymied by the poor housing market.