Danville mayor will run for Contra Costa supervisor

Danville Mayor Candace Andersen

Danville Mayor Candace Andersen will run for Contra County supervisor in 2012.

She hopes to succeed retiring Supervisor Gayle Uilkema of Lafayette, who opted to leave office after seven terms rather than seek re-election in a newly drawn District 2 that encompasses the San Ramon Valley and Lamorinda.

“We have reached a point in time where the county really needs some new leadership,” said Andersen, a 51-year-old attorney who has served on the Danville Town Council for eight years.

She’s interested in curbing escalating pension costs, protecting the integrity of the urban growth boundary, preserving core county services such as law enforcement and finding ways to help the county cope with declining state revenues.

Contra Costa Community College District Trustee Tomi Van de Brooke of Orinda has also declared her candidacy.

The open seat could draw a large field by the time the official filing period opens Feb. 13.

Other possible District 2 candidates include former Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata. He moved to Orinda after he lost his Oakland mayoral race last fall, but he’s been making exploratory phone calls assessing his support in Contra Costa County. (A poll in the area has also been linked to his possible candidacy; one of the questions was reportedly about whether the responder viewed Perata as a “carpetbagger.”)

Danville Town Councilwoman Karen Stepper has also been considering a run.

In other county supervisor elections, supervisors Mary Nejedly Piepho of Discovery Bay and Federal Glover of Pittsburg are seeking re-election in 2012. Piepho has no declared opponents yet, while Martinez Councilman Mike Menesini has opened a supervisor campaign account and may challenge Glover.

A candidate in any of the three supervisor districts on the ballot who receives more than 50 percent of the vote on June 5 will win the seat outright, or the top two finishers will compete in a runoff in the November general election.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • John W

    Awww right! She’ll get my vote. Danville is one place that has it’s fiscal act together, and Anderson is not beholden to the county’s public employee unions.

  • lars54

    Menesini has run for office umpteen times now, he is a perennial candidate for public office, he’s run for Judge, Councilman, District Attorney, so many different offices it’s hard to take him serious any more. As I remember it he changed political parties too, he was a Democrat, but then became a Republican, but then switched back? I think Federal Glover has done great job – he’s a good guy, I’ve met him several times now. He was of these elected officials that’s all over the place meeting with voters, very open and accessible – like Toralkson, so I expect he will be plenty tough to beat. I can’t think of any reason to kick him out of office, none at all, I think Mensini will have a tough time beating Glover. Compared to the stable Glover – who has a long distinquished career as an elected offical – he looks kind of flaky having run for all these offices over the years, mostly unsuccessfully I might add. I think Glover can get re-elected easily, but we shall see.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    She’s got Bachmann eyes

  • Dee W.

    Candace Andersen will run circles around Tomi Van de Brooke. And she will not be owned by the unions, as Tomi is.

  • John W

    Re: #3

    She’s a Republican, but I suspect she would be really horrified at any comparisons to Bachmann, even if it’s a joke. However, they are both attorneys. I’m not a Republican. Prefer to think of myself as what Eisenhower used to call a “discerning Democrat.” But, among the announced candidates thus far, Anderson is right for the BOS job.

  • lars54

    Today in the SF Chronicle Don Perata said he may run for Contra Costa County Supervisor, even though he has live here only a shor time. As many recall just six months ago – it seems anyway – he was campaigning for Mayor of Oakland. In that campaign he said he had a plan to fix Oakland schools, cut down on crime, and balance Oakland’s budget. After he lost that campaign he immediatly moved to Orinda. After that I don’t know how anybody can take him serious, the guy is a perennial candidate for public office, a gasbag that moves around from jurisdiction to jurisdiction looking for an office to run for. It’s pathetic and embarrassing. Additionally, there has never been a political figure in this state more hooked on special interest money, the minute he gets elected to office he immediatly huddles with the richest people in town – mostly developers – and then spends all his time running errands for them. I mean he’s not even clever about it, the minute he gets into office the fund raisers start, we don’t need this gasbag in Martinez, in my view.

  • Wendy Lack

    Candace Anderson appears head-and-shoulders more qualified than Van de Brooke or perennial candidate Perata.

    Lord knows we need supervisors who have what it takes to get the job done. Anderson looks like the real deal . . . thank goodness!

  • Elwood

    Perata reminds me of Nixon.

    Just when you think he’s dead, he’s on the comeback trail!

  • lars54

    As I remember it, Perata wasa target of an FBI investigation the entire time he was in State Senate They had a whole “Don Perata Team” that investigated his camapign fund raising from special interests groups, I recall the Times writing about this extensively.Perata’s special interest fundraisng was so “smelly” it drew teams of FBI agents like he was John Gotti or something. As I remember it, his kid or kids all supported themselves with Sacramento special interest money, not just himself, they were earning six figure salaries “working” for commitee’s that Perata controlled. Don Perata’s whole career has been based on the following premise; If I do favors and run errands for rich people they will give my campaign committees money all day long, I mean that’s is his career summed up in a nutshell. He’s the biggest and most obnoxious influence peddler and hack that ever walked planet. For many years now we have had a tame, good guy/gal Board of Supervisors. DeSaulnier, Gioa, Federal Glover – these office holders all all good goverment types, I’d hate to see this sleazy operation Don Perata runs come to Martinez. The Board doesn’t need a member that has- or had – and FBI team trailing him 24/7. The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors isn’t awash in special interest money, it doesn’t need to be, but it will if Don Perata’ sleazy tent show is allowed to move in.

  • lars54

    The race for this open Supervisor seat, I forgot to add, already has two good candidates in the race. They are local, Danville mayor Candace Anderson, and Community College Board member Tomi Van de Brooke. These are two good candidate, both have an extensive boack round of service to the community, they are local, either would make a fine Supervisor. I hope more candidates like this enter race, everybody wins when you have a lot of good candidates running for public office. The county will lose, however, if this
    carpet bagger Don Perata brings his special interest financed tent show to Martinez. Perata has no record of service to Contra Costa County, he’s a shady back room operator who is in cahoots with every special interest group in Sacramento, as the FBI and others will tell uou.

  • John W

    Yikes. Perata. I trust those of us in the reconfigured district have better sense than that. Is this who DA Mark Peterson had in mind when he said he and others would try to recruit somebody who would support law enforcement?

  • lars54

    Perata is now claiming some mysterious un-named law enforcement groups are recruiting him to run for Supervisor -that’s what the Chronicle said yesterday. I would agree with John W., I find highly unlikely DA Mark Peterson would recruit Don Perata to run for County Supervisor, or any other law enforcement group for that matter. Perata has a lot of baggage, not many local politicians are trailed 24/7 by FBI agents like Perata. I’m guessing no law emnforcement of labor leaders have recruited Perata to run for this seat, the fact that he moved to the county a week after his failed run for Mayor was so whacky how can you take him serious? I mean he spends a hundreds of thousands of dollars running for Mayor, loses, he then promptly loads up the Ryder truck and moves one county over to toney Orinda (apparently his interest in solving Oakland social problems tanked after he lost run for Mayor) Now he is claiming there is groundswell of support for him to run for Supervisor in this silk stocking Supervisor district in CoCo County. Frankly, I don’t think anybody wants Perata to run for County Supervisor, accept developers, who are salavitating at the prospects of having an errand boy like Perat on the board.

  • Truthclubber

    Lars54 —

    Please get a clue and realize this is going to happen — as we currently live in an society where politics are decided by money, not votes.

    Until you and your fellow minions demand serious campaign finance reform (severe restrictions on personal and corporate campaign donations, much more reliance on public financing for serious, qualified candidates, etc.), “them what got the gold are gonna make the rules”…

  • Elwood

    Q. How can you tell Perata is lying?

    A. His lips are moving.

  • DoyourhomeworkD2

    Consider Tomi for our next District II Supervisor. She was born and raised in the County and knows the district well She is pragmatic and collaborative and will serve us well. Check her out!


  • Elwood

    If you want the public employee unions to continue to run CoCoCounty, Tomi’s your girl for sure.

  • Carolyn Phinney, Ph.D.

    Lars54, you need not worry about any of the 2nd Supervisory candidates representing Martinez. It is no longer in the 2nd Supervisory District. The district runs basically along the 24 and 680 South corridors….Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, Saranap, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, and perhaps the unincorporated part of Walnut Creek along Rudgear Road.

    As far as the candidates go, Tomi is an honest, delightful, intelligent, conscientious, educated woman, who served as chief of staff for another supervisor. She is not a lawyer, which as far as I’m concerned is a good thing. She’s one of us…those she will represent. I recently heard the questions she asked of the County Manager at a meeting and these showed a level of perspicacity well beyond what I have heard on the current board, seeing them on TV. Tomi knows the problems of the county and can hit the deck running. She’s no carpetbagger. She’s a solid, strong woman and will a do an excellent job.

  • Elwood


    See #16

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Let’s wait until the swimsuit competition to make our choice.

  • Lars54

    I don’t think we need an Alameda County politician like Don Perata on the CoCo Board of Supervisors, that was my point. He has reputation for being bad on ethics, for being a slot machine for special interests groups, notably developers. I prefer board members who are ethical. All board members must raise money to fun for office from time to time, but that doesn’t make them a stooges for special interest groups. Board members vote for things opposed by thier campaign contributors all the time. What makes you a special interest slot machine – like Don Perata – is when you spend all your time fund raising and running errands for your contributors, which sums up Perata’ career in a nutshell. He is a disaster on ethics, that’s why he lost the Mayor’s race in Oakland.

  • John W

    I’ll bet this race will set a new record for money spent on a CoCo supervisor race, by unions and developers.

  • Elwood

    Well, it’s hard to beat Perata’s campaign slogan:

    “Never been indicted!”