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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.

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Supervisor candidate accidently self-funds campaign

UPDATE 5:03 P.M. Deputy District Attorney Steve Bolen has determined that Contra Costa County supervisor candidate Erik Nunn is a self-funded candidate and as a result, his opponents qualify to collect $5,000 per person rather than $1,675.

Contra Costa County supervisor candidate Erik Nunn of Oakley and his relatives have contributed or loaned his campaign more than $25,000 and triggered a hike in his opponents’ contribution limits.

Incumbent Supervisor Federal Glover of Pittsburg and challengers Gary Agopian, Mary Rocha and Don Parscal are now permitted under the county’s election law to receive up to $5,000 per person rather than $1,675 for the June 3 election.

But Nunn called it a mistake and said he has refunded the money that pushed him over the limit.

“My family did not know the rules, or how much I had already lent the campaign,” said Nunn, a chief financial office for a general contracting company. “It definitely was something that my treasurer and I missed. … I have already sent the contributions back to my family members and the correction will be made on my next campaign report.”

It may be too late for Nunn change his mind. (It is too late. See update above.)

Glover’s campaign argues that it’s unfair to allow candidates to flip-flop back and forth and put the opponents fund-raising in limbo.

“I think the Glover campaign makes a reasonable argument,” said Deputy District Attorney Steve Bolen. “ I’m going to get the supporting documents, talk to the campaigns and determine whether Nunn can reverse course.”

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Ex-Antioch mayor Rocha pulls supervisor papers

In a surprise and unannounced move late Friday, former Antioch Mayor Mary Rocha pulled candidacy papers in the growing field of candidates running to replace incumbent Contra Costa Supervisor Federal Glover of Pittsburg.

The county elections office had not verified her nomination signatures, per an update of the draft candidate list it sent out a few minutes ago. Until that happens, she is not officially on the ballot although it seems unlikely that she paid the $974 filing fee without also submitting the necessary signatures.

Rocha ran unsuccessfully against Glover in 2000, where he won the first of his two terms in the county office.

In addition to Glover, three men have qualified for the ballot including Antioch Unified School District Trustee Gary Agopian, Oakley Planning Commissioner Erik Nunn and Brentwood CEO Don Parscal.