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CoCo labor leader eyed for Antioch council vacancy

Greg Feere

Greg Feere

The list of folks eying an Antioch City Council vacancy now includes labor leader and Contra Costa Building Trades Council chief Greg Feere.

“I’ve gotten a lot of calls and they’ve made it clear I would get three votes,” Feere said. “But I need to think about it. It’s a lot of work.”

Feere refers to the presumed support of pro-labor incumbent councilmen Reggie Moore and Brian Kalinowski plus the newly elected pro-labor Mary Rocha.

A labor bloc could stymie incumbent Arne Simonsen’s quest to remain in office. He failed to win reelection but argues that as the next highest vote-getter, he deserves the post.

Simonsen is not out of the running yet, though.

Kalinowski says he has promised no one his vote and will wait until the council deliberates on the issue next month.

The council could appoint a replacement for the seat held by Councilman Jim Davis, who was elected mayor, as early as Dec. 9. Or it could opt to open the process to applicants such as Feere and make a decision early next year.

The other name in the mix is Gary Agopian, the county supervisor candidate who ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Supervisor Federal Glover. Agopian, like Simonsen, is a conservative Republican who may not mesh with the Democrats who have a three-vote majority on this council.

The councilman with the most at stake in this choice, however, is Reggie Moore. He is up for re-election in two years along with the person selected to fill that vacancy.

This could be a very interesting few weeks in Antioch.