Labor and abortion rights advocates play in CoCo District 2 supervisor race

Labor and abortion rights activists have poured nearly $50,000 into the intense county supervisor race between Contra Costa Community College Board President Tomi Van de Brooke and Danville Mayor Candace Andersen.

Funded by two independent expenditure committees, robocalls and mailers remind voters leading up to Tuesday’s election that Van de Brooke is the abortion-rights option while Andersen, a conservative Mormon, calls abortion a social issue irrelevant to the job of a county supervisor.

Whether or not a candidate’s positions on social issues do, or should, matter in a local nonpartisan race has been a combustible thread throughout the campaign.

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Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Elwood

    “(Andersen)calls abortion a social issue irrelevant to the job of a county supervisor.”

    Andersen is, of course, correct.

    But logic has nothing to do with the Van de Brooke campaign which is trying to pump up an emotional issue where none exists.

    Hopefully, women voters in the district are not as stupid as the Van de Brooke campaign seems to think they are.

  • Rick K.

    The special interests that control Van de Brooke like a puppet are afraid that an independent-minded Supervisor Andersen won’t toe their line. The citizens of Lamorinda and the San Ramon Valley are smarter than this. They will be offended by this ginned-up “War Against Women.” Wedge issues that have little relevance to the office at stake are used only when a candidate is so trailing in the polls that they are desperate for any attention whatsoever, even if it poisons the well of public discourse. Van de Brooke’s gambit will backfire and drive independents (and there are lots of independents in District 2) toward Andersen. Van de Brooke and her allies will be remembered in the annals of Contra Costa politics only for their desperate, hateful and ultimately unsuccessful campaign.

  • JohnW

    Couldn’t care less that Tomi is a Democrat and pro-choice. I’m both of those things and voted for Obama’s high school classmate, Anderson.

  • RickK Responder

    RickK – I agree with you but the probl for Candace is that unless she raises $ ASAP and counters Tomi message, she is not going to get the 50% to win. Tomi clearly has the resources to change the direction of this race and in elections and politics – that’s unfortunately all that matter.

  • Baron Aswind

    Getting Candace Andersen elected is very important for LDS businessmen in CoCo County. There is a WHOLE lot of land in East Contra Costa County owned by a LDS management group. Currently that land sits outside the urban limit line and the group will need three votes to develop the land in the future. Everyone one is beholden to someone these days…

    No one can raise over 80,000$ without promising everything to some. Let’s just see if she wins if she gives them nothing.

  • Elwood

    @ # 5

    I have read some crap on here, but this ridiculous unfounded allegation ranks right up there at the top.

  • JohnW

    Re: #6 Yes, agreed. Total load of cow chips.

    From the advertising I’ve seen, it seems like Anderson has the spending edge. Not to be picky, but whoever designed Tomi’s ugly, hard to read, slime green lawn signs must be covertly for Anderson.

  • Reality Checker

    @ Elwood and John W-

    Actually post #5 is entirely correct. Just pick up a county map and you will see the LDS designation right outside of the county ULL in East County. Several years ago they made a run at it. Believe me, they don’t need hundreds of acres to build a Mormon church and will be happy to tell you they have no intention to putting one there. Like it or not, the “crap” you refer to is 100 percent true. They hold this land solely for development-and this is no allegation. Take off the blinders.

  • Elwood

    And pigs will fly.

  • Reality Checker

    Really? That suggests you to be both ignorant and stubborn, because I know it to be fact…from both the Mormon church and the County. And yes, it’s a whole lot of land.

    Where is your “opinion” coming from, your ego or your gut?

  • JohnW

    Re: #8

    I admit that I don’t know the facts, one way or the other, on this. LDS does indeed own lots of property and does lots of commercial development in various locations. Latest example is a giant mall development project in Salt Lake City.

    There is a strong LDS presence in the East Bay. There’s a church, temple or whatever they call it just a couple of blocks from where I live. So, I wouldn’t be at all surprised that they own land with development in mind. And they might, indeed, need county approvals.

    What I was reacting to is the implication that there’s an agenda whereby Candace Anderson gets elected and then does the bidding for LDS. To me, that came across as a good old fashioned smear. Frankly, if that were the case, I’d expect that we would be hearing about it from the Van de Brooke side. They’ve dished out everything else they could think of. It would be an interesting angle for the CC Times to cover.

  • Bruce R. Peterson Lafayette

    The way this smear campaign is going, Sean White might get elected. I don’t much about him, except that he’s stayed out of the mud slinging. He’s been delegated to a meaningless line at the end of news stories, just like anti tax people, like me.
    After witnessing the February 7th BOS meeting & receiving the results by snail mail that afternoon, exactly the opposite of what 29 out of 30 speakers wanted, I’m skeptical there will ever be a good BOs.

  • Elwood

    @ # 10

    My analysis is reality based, unlike yours.

    It will be a cold snowy day in hell when the ULL is moved to accommodate any major development.

    What you should worry about is when Romney is elected President we will all have to become Mormons and move to their new East County developments.

  • Reality Checker

    The reality is this is not part of a smear campaign. While I am not a Candice fan, I am not in the district so I don’t have a dog in the race.

    But as far as the LDS and land, it is true.

    You would be amazed-completely amazed, believe me. Take a look at any property map-NOT just Co. Co. County. You will see large parcels that are labeled LDS. I could not believe it the first time saw it but then it was explained to me, by the LDS land acquisiton team themselves! They buy property and have a entire land development division within the church-strictly for making more capital. They could care less about our ULL.

    Don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself if you doubt me.

  • Elwood

    “They could care less about our ULL.”

    See # 13

    And be sure to check under your bed for Mormons. Those devious bastards could be anywhere!

  • JohnW

    Re #14 Reality Checker

    “Don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself if you doubt me.”

    Would love to. Is there a link you can provide for these maps? Besides the parcels marked LDS, are there others marked RC for Catholic land, J for Jewish or Jehovah Witness, M for Muslim? I didn’t realize the government did maps with plots of land marked according to religious connection. Good to know!

  • Elwood

    Good one, John!