After weeks of discussions with local leaders and reviewing the results of an internal public opinion poll, former Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata says he will not run for Contra Costa County supervisor.
Perata sent a note to supporters, which said, “Thank you for your interest in my ambition to run for county supervisor but upon further consideration, I’ve concluded that my health and my family would be better served if I remain a civilian.”
That leaves two women in the race to succeed retiring Supervisor Gayle Uilkema — Contra Costa Community College District Trustee Tomi Van de Brooke and Danville Mayor Candace Andersen.
Sources say Perata, who moved to Orinda earlier this year after losing the Oakland mayor’s race, was deeply interested in the supervisor post. He saw it as a way to put his vast legislative experience to use.
But Perata also feared his opponents would make the most of the now-closed FBI investigation into allegations that he participated in campaign kickbacks. Poll results reportedly showed high negatives for Perata in this area, along with his recent loss in Oakland and recent relocation to Orinda. Any campaign consultant worth her fee would run with these openings.
I won’t lie, I’m disappointed. Perata’s presence would have made this campaign incredibly interesting.