Candidates in Concord and Clayton give statements as vote count continues
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Nov. 9, 2022) — Candidates in some local races still don’t know who the winners and losers are yet. The vote counting process in Contra Costa will continue until final certification takes place on Dec. 2.
Early trends could change, but as of this writing, it looks like Laura Hoffmeister will retain her seat on the Concord City Council in District 1. Her fellow councilmember, Tim McGallian, had less good news as he currently trails his challenger, Laura Nakamura, in District 5.
Nakamura told the Pioneer, “We are feeling a great sense of accomplishment. This truly was a grassroots campaign made up of over 100 tenacious volunteers who knocked, walked, talked and then did it all over again.
“I believe what is resonating with voters is the recognition that it’s time for change; that they value representation that will listen and that will prioritize the people who live in Concord.”
Hoffmeister, who faced 2 challengers to her seat, had a strong lead Wednesday. “My thanks to the voters of District 1 for your support,” said the councilmember. “I look forward to continuing to work for you on the issues facing Concord.”
Clayton City Council
Meanwhile, over in Clayton, early vote count showed incumbent Jeff Wan and newcomer Kim Trupiano leading a field of 4 candidates looking to fill 2 city council seats.
While still waiting for the final count, front-runner Wan said, “Once again I am humbled that the people of Clayton have chosen me to represent them over the next four years. I am grateful that my continuing message of transparency and accountability resonated with voters. I look forward to continuing work as a member of the Council as we address the challenges the city faces.”
Kim Trupiano told the Pioneer, “While I am encouraged by the early results of the campaign, I am deeply aware that the race is not yet over and that there are a number of mail-in ballots yet to be counted. I want to thank everyone who has provided their advice, support, thoughtfulness and hard work from the beginning of my campaign in August right up until late last night. This has been an amazing experience and I have met so many wonderful new people in the community and I am encouraged by their strength, fortitude and deep love of Clayton. I look forward to seeing the final results soon and I send my best wishes to all of the candidates and thank them for their courage to put themselves out there and get in the race and I know that we all want what’s best for this community.”
Contra Costa County Supervisor race
In the matchup between Debora Allen and Ken Carlson to fill retiring supervisor Karen Mitchoff’s seat, voters appeared to have favored Carlson. The Pleasant Hill city councilmember had a healthy lead over BART Board member Allen as of Wednesday morning.
Carlson said, “I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the residents of Contra Costa. I’m also extremely thankful for all of the many supporters and volunteers who made it possible. ”