Danville Mayor Andersen appointed to CoCo supervisors

Contra Costa Supervisor Candace Andersen

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Danville Mayor Candace Andersen to the Contra Costa County board of supervisors late Monday night and she will be sworn into office Tuesday at 9 a.m., in Martinez, just in time to join her four colleagues on the debate later in the day over whether to put a fire parcel tax on the November ballot.

Andersen was overwhelmingly elected to the District 2 seat in the June primary election, beating out competitors Tomi Van de Brooke of Orinda and Sean White of Lafayette.

The supervisor-elect’s official term wasn’t slated to start until Jan. 1, which would have left the seat vacant for more than six months.

The late incumbent supervisor Gayle Uilkema died in May after a battle with cancer, and she had been unable to perform many of her public duties since last December.

District 2 includes the San Ramon Valley, Alamo, Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga and Rossmoor.

Here’s what the governor’s office said about her in a release that went out a few minutes ago:

Candace Andersen, 51, of Danville, has been appointed to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. Andersen has served as mayor and councilmember for the Town of Danville since 2003. She was a councilmember for the City of Morgan Hill from 1993 to 1994 and an attorney at the Law Offices of Craig J. Bassett from 1988 to 1991. Andersen served as a clerk and deputy prosecuting attorney for the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii from 1983 to 1987. She earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $97,483. Andersen is a Republican.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Her first and foremost goal should be to stop wasting time and money on the possible ConFire Fee/Tax.

    Cut salary, overtime, salary enhancements, food expenses, and pensions.

  • Elwood

    She really isn’t that goofy looking is she?

    It’s just a bad picture, right?

  • JohnW

    Good deal. Was afraid Jerry would drag his feet. Hope she lives up to expectations — realizing, of course, that she is just one vote.

    Stockton will be filing for bankruptcy today. Biggest city to ever do so. More to follow.

  • JAFO

    Way to keep it classy, Elwood.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    I agree with Elwood. Her new pic is much better.

  • Elwood

    What RR said.

  • Common Tater


    Terrific photo of Candace. Where on earth did you find it????

    -The Tater

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Courtesy of Andersen, of course. FYI, we try to use our photos first, then official photos provided by the public agencies, and as a last resort, photos provided by the elected official or the candidate. Sometimes, we run into copyright issues when we use photos from private photographers and their employers. But I heard a handful of complaints about her Danville picture and since she is now a supervisor, I obtained one of her photos for our use.

  • JohnW

    Darrell Issa is investigating to see if there was a coverup of a plot to undermine the candidacy of a Republican by means of unflattering file photos.

  • Common Tater

    Of course, the flip-side is using a highly-flattering photo of a candidate or elected official that is 20 years (or more) out of date…

    I think immediately of John Garamendi.

  • JohnW

    Glad we can discuss some man pics here, so as to avoid the appearance of sexism in discussing Andersen’s photo.

    Garamendi looks pretty “weathered” in his official photos. Not sure he’s your best “flip side” example. Of course, the hair is pretty dark for a guy in his sixties. That’s also true of Issa with his Don Draper look. Maybe it’s his Lebanese heritage, or chemical assistance. But I suspect a contemptible coverup.

  • Truthclubber

    @11 —

    Issa looked (and sounded) pretty good on his appearance on Meet The Press two days ago — and with a whole lit less coloring than O’bammy’s “It’s grey! No, it’s black!” hair color these days (depending on the day of the week or how long it’s been since his haircut) — jus sayin’.

    An American public servant died because he was at the wrong end of a gun that ATF allowed to “walk” over our borders — that’s NOT something to laugh about or make light of — jus’ sayin’.

  • I don’t care about the appearance of an elected official.

    I’ll vote for the Easter Bunny if the Easter Bunny will impose fiscal discipline on the fiscally (and behaviorally) childish firefighters.

  • Reality Checker

    @ Claire Voyance,

    You might want to focus more on your anger issues and less time blogging your hate all over the internet.

    …and if you really think “CaliforniaSucks” (your website I presume?), just know we all would be fine without you! I’ll bet if you ask nicely some of those firefighters would help you pack your bags.

    Happy Trails!

  • JohnW

    Re #12

    I’m afraid I started this by mentioning Issa in a thread about Candace Andersen. My apologies to her.

    That said, ATF started “Wide Receiver” gun walking sting operations in 2006. “Fast and Furious” took it to a different level in hopes of getting the big fish. Operation was botched, but there was nothing illegal about it. Sadly, law enforcement people sometimes get killed in the line of duty. I’m not sure, but I believe the Arizona U.S. Attorney who oversaw the ATF operation is no longer in that position.

    My understanding is that they have not connected the ballistics from the Fast and Furious guns found at the scene to the border patrol officer who was killed. The bullet may have, probably did come from one of those guns; but that’s not to say that the confrontation that resulted in his death was because of Fast and Furious. The cartels have plenty of other guns.

    The NRA is pushing this investigation on the theory that the operation was deliberately botched so that Obama could justify gun control. That’s right up there with the notion that Bush planned 9/11 to justify going to Iraq.

    The real scandal is the insanity of all the gun shops along the border that sell guns in quantity to straw buyers, who then traffic them to the cartels. That’s sort of like opening up a bunch of gun shops along San Pablo Ave. in Oakland and selling in bulk to the gangs.

  • Truthclubber

    @15 —

    Great apologist for O’bammy — you should immediately sign up for their 2012 “We’re Sorry America 2012 Tour” as you would be great.

    We can stop you after three of your own words — “Operation was botched” — and add that “Holder was at the helm” — and that he owns “Fast and Furious” and if he screwed up, then regardless of his race:


  • JohnW

    Re #16

    Suggest you read in depth 12-page investigative piece by Katherine Eban in Fortune Magazine. Released today (Wednesday). It’s online. It’s a bit different than the NRA and Joe McCarthy a/k/a Darrell Issa spin.