The vast majority of Contra Costa’s votes have been counted. Here’s a quick round-up of the results:
In a stunning turn of events, District Attorney candidate Mark Peterson received more votes than Dan O’Malley, 48 percent to 36 percent. O’Malley was widely expected to win; he had more money and nearly every single law enforcement endorsement in the county. But the two men are now headed for a run-off in November as neither collected 50 percent plus 1 vote. As expected, Elle Falahat was the third-place finisher.
Say hello to the new sheriff, David Livingston. The Concord police chief has beat challenger, sheriff’s lieutenant and Antioch Councilman Brian Kalinowski: 56 percent to 44 percent.
In the Contra Costa County race to replace outgoing supervisor Susan Bonilla, Pleasant Hill Vice Mayor Karen Mitchoff emerged victorious over Central Sanitary District board member Mike McGill even after he dumped $50,000 of his own money into his campaign: 54 percent to 46 percent.
Assessor Gus Kramer beat down three opponents, winning the seat outright with 55 percent of the vote. His challengers never had enough money to wage a fullscale, countywide election for an arcane post and against a long-term incumbent.
Supervisor John Gioia easily won re-election with 80 percent of the vote. His challenger, Mister Phillips, had little money, few endorsements and baggage.
On local measures, school bonds in Mount Diablo and West Contra Costa unified school districts were both passing.
In contrast, Measure F in Brentwood, an urban limit line expansion proposal, went down hard at 57 percent to 43 percent. Proponents spent in excess of $279,000 — all of it from the landowners in the affected area — but failed to persuade voters. It’s the second growht boundary proposal that Brentwood voters have rejected in the past few years.