Two more candidates to run for open Contra Costa County supervisor seat in June – The Mercury News – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Two more people have announced they intend to run for Contra Costa County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff’s open District 4 seat next June, bringing to five the number of candidates who want to represent a largely suburban region with the county’s major business centers.

District 4 encompasses much of Concord and Walnut Creek, as well as Pleasant Hill, Clayton and some of the area around Mount Diablo

After area city council members Carlyn Obringer, Ken Carlson and Edi Birsan earlier filed statements of their intention to succeed Mitchoff, who is known for her candid and often confrontational approach at supervisors meetings

The two new candidates are Debora Allen, who represents the central county on the BART Board of Directors, and Roxanne Garza, a Pleasant Hill resident with years of experience at Healthy Richmond and Contra Costa Health Services.

Here’s a rundown of the new additions to a growing field of candidates:

Roxanne Garza

While she is the only candidate so far to never have held public office, Garza said her work as senior director at Healthy Richmond — a nonprofit focused on health equity and racial justice — has provided on-the-ground know-how and helped her foster relationships with west county community leaders.

Prior to her tenure there, she worked as a public health program manager at the county health department, where she


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