CoCo supervisor race endorsements show support

The endorsement battle between Contra Costa County supervisor candidates Candace Andersen and Tomi Van de Brooke is getting interesting although I still maintain that endorsements don’t matter much to typical voters.

Still, the endorsement list does offer insight into where each of the candidates is finding financial and volunteer support, and signals where each might stand on policy decisions.

Andersen secured the nod from retiring Supervisor Gayle Uilkema of Lafayette. This isn’t a big surprise. Uilkema and Andersen, who is Danville’s mayor, have worked together for years on various boards and while the supervisor post is nonpartisan, both women are Republicans.

Andersen also secured recommendations from the county’s top law enforcement leaders along with the unions for the county’s prosecutors and deputy sheriffs.

Van de Brooke, a trustee on the Contra Costa Community College board, has locked down the endorsements of every major Democratic political leader in the county including state Superintendent of Public Schools Tom Torlakson; Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez; state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord; and assemblywomen Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, and Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo.

Will party registration matter in this race? It certainly matters to the two major parties, who view these seats as part of their farm teams. County supervisors do run for higher — and partisan — offices. Torlakson, DeSaulnier and Bonilla were all Contra Costa County supervisors. But for the average voter, whether or not partisanship plays a role will likely depend on how much of a campaign issue the candidates or their supporters make out of it.

There is no significant party registration incentive for either candidate. Of the five supervisor districts, District 2 has the most competitive party registration split: 39.8 percent of registered voters are  Democrats vs. 35.4 percent for Republicans. The other four heavily favor Democrats.

Candace Andersen

A sample of Andersen endorsements (click here for full list on her web site)

  • Gayle Uilkema, Contra Costa County supervisor
  • David Livingston, Contra Costa County Sheriff
  • Mark Peterson, Contra Costa District Attorney
  • Ken Westermann, Contra Costa Deputy Sheriffs Association president
  • Barry Grove, Contra Costa Deputy District Attorney Association president
  • Warren Rupf, retired Contra Costa County Sheriff
  • Charlie Abrams, former Mayor of Walnut Creek
  • Mike Anderson, Lafayette vice mayor
  • Newell Arnerich, Danville vice mayor
  • Bill Clarkson, San Ramon mayor
  • Mike Doyle, Danville councilman
  • Erlene DeMarcus, former BART director
  • Carol Federighi, Lafayette mayor
  • Paul Gardner, San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education
  • Howard Harpham, Moraga vice mayor
  • David Harmer, former candidate for Congress
  • Guy Houston, former assemblyman and former Dublin mayor
  • David Hudson, San Ramon councilman
  • Denise Jennison, San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education
  • Lynne Leach, former assemblywoman
  • Jim Livingstone, San Ramon councilman
  • Roxanne Lindsay, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District
  • Judy Lloyd, former presidential appointee, U.S. Dept of Labor & U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
  • Mike Metcalf, Moraga mayor
  • Sue McNulty Rainey, former mayor of Walnut Creek and Moraga
  • Richard Rainey, former state senator, assemblyman and Contra Costa County Sheriff
  • Pat Rudebusch, Orinda Union School Board President
  • Christopher Severson, Orinda School Board Member
  • Sue Severson, Orinda councilwoman
  • David “Shoe” Shuey, Clayton councilman
  • Karen Stepper, Danville councilwoman
  • Robert Storer, Danville councilman
  • Hank Stratford, Clayton councilman
  • Dave Trotter, Moraga councilman
  • Jack Weir, Pleasant Hill councilman

Tomi Van de Brooke

A sampling of Van de Brooke endorsements (click here for full list on her web site)

  • Rep.  George Miller, D-Martinez
  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
  • State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord
  • Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla, D-Concord
  • Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo
  • Jim Kellogg, California Fish & Game Commissioner
  • Joseph A. Ovick, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools
  • John Coleman, East Bay MUD Board of Directors president
  • Robert J. Calone, Contra Costa Community College trustee
  • John E. Marquez, Contra Costa Community College trustee
  • Susanna Schlendorf, former Danville mayor
  • Tim Sbranti, Dublin mayor
  • Robert Schroder, Martinez mayor
  • Karen Mendonca, Moraga mayor
  • Brandt Andersson, Lafayette councilman
  • Anne Grodin, former Lafayette mayor of Lafayette
  • Victoria Smith, Orinda mayor
  • Amy Worth, Orinda councilwoman
  • Dean Orr, Orinda councilman
  • Laura Abrams, former Orinda mayor
  • Bob Simmons, Walnut Creek mayor
  • Kish Rajan, Walnut Creek vice mayor
  • Cindy Silva, Walnut Creek councilwoman
  • Kristina Lawson, Walnut Creek City councilwoman
  • Gwen Regalia, Former Walnut Creek mayor
  • David Bowlby, Alamo MAC Chair
  • Nancy Dommes, Alamo MAC Member
  • Ed Best, Alamo MAC Member
  • Steve Roberti, Fmr Secretary’s Representative, US Dept. of Labor
  •  Contra Costa County Firefighters




Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • BJD

    I’m sorry, but Andersen has those crazy eyes, like Bachmann. Is that a side effect of being a conservative woman?

  • Wendy Lack

    Since the endorsements generally align with party affiliation, it will be a factor.

    Should be an interesting race to watch.

  • PJ Andersen

    That’s pretty offensive BJD. Candace is my mother and I don’t appreciate lack of respect. Let’s try to be adults. Also, this is a non-partison race. I know plenty of Democrats who support my mom and Republicans who support Tomi. Both are great women who have done a lot for our community.

    Although I am biased, I believe this election comes down to who has what it takes to make the tough decisions to better our quality of life in this district. My mom has proven that she can time and time again. I strongly encourage you all to learn more and support her in this race.

  • Danville Native

    Given the long list of endorsements on either side it really will be an interesting race to watch. Looking at this list I’d probably say that Andersen has the edge here. One of her main platforms is pension reform and even the sheriff’s department is backing her. The shows that she is serious about keeping the county afloat financially and it is great that the sheriff’s department backs her on this, even if it means reforming their pensions.

  • J. Dobson

    Eyes? Really? Could you be more insulting to all women? Endorsements are important, and so is experience. It’s exciting to see a strong, capable woman like Candace Anderson receive endorsements from other elected officials.

  • KMR

    Ridiculous and uncalled for that some people resort to attacks on the personal appearance of candidates. Candace has a proven track record as a fiscal conservative, and is committed to help solve Contra Costa County’s budget and pension problems. The endorsements she’s received from numerous agencies and individuals, including outgoing Supervisor Gayle Uilkema, are a key indication that county leaders see her as the ideal candidate for this position. She’s got my vote.

  • John W.

    Re #1 She should definitely redo the pic. It does have an exorcism look to it.

    A conservative who was a high school classmate with Barack Obama in Hawaii as Danville mayor a and county supervisor candidate! Who would’ve thunk it. As self-appointed chairman of the one-member Dems for Andersen Committee, I won’t hold the Guy Houston and David Harmer endorsements against her.

  • Elwood

    Van de Brooke is obviously the Contra Costa dimmiecrat machine candidate.

  • MIN

    Candace has the proven record. She has the experience. She’s the best candidate for the job, period. Any references to her appearance, (personally, I don’t think her eyes look any crazier than her opponent’s!) are absurd and juvenile.

  • David W.

    Candace clearly has the edge when it comes to endorsements. County supervisors, attorneys, sheriffs, boards of education.

    If you vote based on the looks of a candidate, you may better serve the country by following the bachelor, not elections.

  • Steve

    How does crazy eyes have anything to do with this election anyway? It is people like BJD that we can thank for the demise of constructive political discourse. It’s easy to hide behind the anonymity of a post and spit out venomous, ignorant, and thoughtless comments. Be more civil and show some class. It’s embarrassin that we have such an uneducated and uninformed citizenry that can only resort to personal attacks based on appearance.

  • CC

    I’ve worked side-by-side with Candace for years and couldn’t imagine a more qualified, well-rounded, even-minded candidate for supervisor. BJD, you sure you’re not the one with the crazy eyes?

  • Steve

    Forgive my lack of ability to spell on an iPhone. *embarrassing.* I love the irony!

  • John W.

    Apologies for my own reference to the pic. I’m a supporter.

  • Truthclubber

    @7/11 —

    You’re not the only “leftie” supporting Candice Andersen — Newell Arnerich is a Democrat.

  • BJD

    Get some thicker skin people.

    This is a rough and tumble arena. If you can’t take a joke, it’s going to be a long, long few months for you.

  • BJD


    “It’s embarrassin that we have such an uneducated and uninformed citizenry that can only resort to personal attacks based on appearance.”

    Really? Really? You’re going to call me ignorant? Really? It’s “embarrassin”. When you wax all intelligent, you might want to run your posts through spell check. really.

  • BJD


    damn it. I should read before I post. Kudos on seeing the irony.


    Is it just me or does the “Pro-Anderson” posts read like talking points?


    I didn’t say anything about her (Mrs. Anderson’s) ability to do the job. I have no skin in this race. But when you put yourself up for these races you become fodder for humor lovers like myself.

    Here is some nickel advice. Change the picture. Politics is perception and perception is reality.

  • JAFO


    “A side effect of being a conservative woman.” Ha! Have you ever taken a good, close look at Nancy Pelosi’s eyes, at least for as long as you could stomach it?

  • BJD



    Wait, now Pelosi’s daughter is going to comment…DUH!

  • BJD

    Oh man, I have some awesome photo’s of Nancy’s eyes. I’d share them but I don’t want her daughter getting on my case as well.

  • JAFO

    @BJD: “I have some awesome photo’s (sic) of Nancy’s eyes.” Tongue firmly planted in cheek, right? Nancy Pelosi has had so many eye lid lifts that she can no longer blink.

  • John W.

    In the interest of balance, we might mention Nancy’s male minority leader counterpart in the Senate — old pursed lips, goggle-eyed Mitch, or her Orange Crying Man successor as Speaker.

  • JAFO

    @23: If you check the first entry in this thread, you’ll find the genesis of this dialogue was the initial suggestion (no doubt tongue in cheek) that “crazy eyes” are a physical characteristic shared exclusively by conservative women politicians. If you like, we can begin a new thread beginning with an analysis of “Mr. Personality,” Sen. Harry Reid, aka, “The Undertaker.”

  • John W.

    Re #24

    “Undertaker.” Pretty good. Yeah, in the spirit of bipartisanship, I’ll go along with that one.

    Watch out, though. Underestimate old Harry, and you’re likely to get decked with a sucker punch. The guy still runs and was a competitive boxer in his younger days. Agree or disagree with his politics, but his outward demeanor will fool you. He gets things done and won re-election in a Tea Party year when all predictions were for a loss.