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Candace Andersen: Why You Should Vote For Me

This is the first in a series of columns by the three candidates for the District 2 Contra Costa County supervisor's election on June 5

By Candace Andersen

When electing our next county supervisor, experience matters.  We need someone with proven leadership to tackle the significant issues we're facing in the county, including:  

  • Addressing the county's pension crisis
  • Appropriately budgeting our limited county resources
  • Sufficiently funding law enforcement to keep our communities safe
  • Helping businesses grow and creating new jobs
  • Protecting our quality of life by honoring voter approved urban limit lines
  • Ensuring that cities have local control over their land use decisions and receive the transportation dollars they need for road and infrastructure improvements

As the mayor of Danville, with a degree in public policy, and as a former prosecutor, I have an established track record of sifting through complex issues and making the tough decisions necessary to protect our quality of life. For the past nine years I've served on Danville's Town Council.  In the early 1990s, I also served on Morgan Hill's City Council.

I lead a town with no unfunded pension liability. We keep a reserve of close to 40 percent of our operating budget. We've created successful economic development programs which have helped our downtown thrive. We've implemented policies ensuring that new development is in keeping with our small town atmosphere. We need this same proven leadership to guide Contra Costa County.

When my friend and colleague, the late Supervisor Gayle Uilkema endorsed me, she strongly emphasized that the experience one has on a city council, which includes working collaboratively with other city and county leaders on many regional boards, is essential.  I currently serve, or have previously served on many of the same county boards and commissions I will serve on if elected to be supervisor. 

On a city council you're attending multiple meetings every week, setting complex budgets and appropriating millions of dollars for many different agencies. You're daily responding to the concerns of citizens and making critical decisions related to planning, development, transportation, infrastructure improvements, economic development, sustainability, recreational activities, and public safety.

This breadth of local government experience is why Sheriff David Livingston, District Attorney Mark Peterson, Treasurer Russell Watts and so many other city and county leaders and citizens of all of District 2's communities have endorsed me and trust me to make the hard decisions which will get the county back on track.  Please see my full list of endorsements at www.LeadContraCosta.com.

My opponent has chosen to focus much of her campaign on social issues unrelated to the role of a county supervisor. We need collaborative leaders who respect the opinions of all people and don't try to purposely raise divisive topics. Let's stick to the real issues in this campaign.  Right now, in Contra Costa County, we need to be focusing on the pension crisis, fiscal responsibility, increasing public safety, economic development, creating jobs, and protecting our exceptional quality of life.

Experience matters.  That's what I bring and I ask for your vote on June 5.  Please go to LeadContraCosta.com to learn more about me.

c5 May 31, 2012 at 09:57 PM
i hope the new supes decide to make ccc a nuclear free zone....
Elisabeth Jewel May 31, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Let's be clear here. The county funds health care for poor people. That includes reproductive health care services for low income women. It is offensive to disregard this fact by calling it an irrelevant social issue. Supervisors vote on county budgets that provide critical family planning services. What will Candace do when faced with voting for family planning? I know what Tomi will do.
Elisabeth Jewel May 31, 2012 at 11:58 PM
You have obviously mistaken me for someone else. Nothing you say about me is true.
Chris Nicholson June 01, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Candace has said publicly and repeatedly that she is in favor of maintaining Planned Parenthood funding and providing access to birth control. I think it is safe to assume that she would not favor an expansion of abortion services, but she has said that the abortion debate is settled and has no plan to attack the status quo. Does anyone? If your only issue is abortion rights, that Tomi is you candidate. If you care about whether the county goes bankrupt, then maybe you can look beyond Candace's clear person belief on gay marriage and presumed personal stance against abortion (since she seems unwilling to address it directly).
mom94549 June 02, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Having spoken with Candace, she has no intention of cutting funding for women's health services. More importantly, the County Supervisors have little or no jurisdiction on these matters anyway. The legality of abortion was decided by the Supreme Court, and at last check, County Supervisors don't get a seat at that table. So lets end all the distractions and name calling. Candace Andersen was endorsed by the CC Times Editorial Staff because they feel that she is the right person to deal with the pressing issues facing our County.....and so do I.

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