Departmental elections: Supervisor Gioia obtains a new mandate; Carlson and Allen set for second round in District 4 | New

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John Gioia easily regained his seat on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors in District 1, beating challenger Hulan Barnett with 85.41% of the vote in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial results.

Gioia first won the position of West County in 1998. His district includes Richmond, San Pablo, El Cerrito, part of Pinole, and the unincorporated communities of Bayview, East Richmond Heights, El Sobrante, Kensington, Montalvin Manor, Tara Hills, North Richmond and Rollingwood.

Barnett, a Richmond resident and math teacher at Dallas Ranch Middle School in Antioch, led a vocal campaign against Gioia, encouraging social media followers to show up at Gioia’s campaign events and “raise the ‘hell”. Barnett got 14.59% of the vote.

A vocal critic of pandemic mask mandates — something Gioia has backed — Barnett said his priorities are education, affordable housing and better business development.

Gioia campaigned on his record, which he said included pushing for two county oil refineries to convert to clean fuel production and a Richmond plant to convert to clean hydrogen production. He also touted his involvement in developing the county’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund and helping more people access mental health and homeless services.

Meanwhile, there will likely be a runoff in November between Pleasant Hill City Councilman Ken Carlson and BART Director Debora Allen to replace outgoing District 4 Supervisor Karen Mitchoff on the Supervisory Board.

Carlson was in first place in Tuesday’s primary election, garnering 27.13% of the vote, according to the latest results update Friday afternoon. Allen sits in second place, with 25.58%, according to unofficial results.

Concord City Council member Carlyn Obringer finished third, with 24.31%. Carrillo Garza, former public health program manager for Contra Costa Health Services, was fourth with 13.99%, followed by Concord City Council member Edi Birsan with 8.99%.

District 4 includes parts of Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord and Clayton. As the top two in a race in which no candidate received more than 50% of the vote, Carlson and Allen won the right to face each other in the November election if the current results stand.

The Contra Costa County Electoral Division reports that there are approximately 69,000 ballots remaining to be tabulated, the vast majority of which are mail-in ballots deemed eligible by postmark by Election Day last Tuesday. .

Editor’s note: DanvilleSanRamon editor Jeremy Walsh provided the most recent earnings information to this story.

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