Last night, 6-5-2012, was the Primary Presidential election. Locally running was The Honorable Mayor of Danville, Candace Andersen for Contra Costa District ll Supervisor. Her campaign Headquarters in the Rose Garden/Navlet’s shopping center had lots of important faces and lots of faces important in her bid for Supervisor. There were Republican and Democrats in one party, celebrating bipartisanship and kinship because they had voted for who they believed in.
As we mingled, and co-mingled the air was filled with calm anticipation, friendly, faces and warm embraces. While the precinct numbers rolled in, you saw hopeful, humble smiles and we were all patiently excited. We were just happy to be there as they say “representing,” and not just rubbing elbows we were rubbing our palms getting ready to do some high fives with the high percentage of votes tallied on the internet.
After much meeting and greeting, Mayor Candace Andersen thanked everyone who attended for their support. Her appreciation speech began with saying thank you to her husband, her children and her campaign manager Gayle Israel. Her appreciation was warmly encapsulated by the support of the attendees. Then, with the internet results showing her leading with 61% of the votes her thank you transitioned into declaring a victory.
I’ve seen many campaigns in my life time, and although there were detractors to her bid. The one thing you could not rattle or shake was Candace Andersen’s strong foundation of decency, dedication, experience, respect of and for her community and the love of her family, friends and supporters.
What I saw with her campaign, was no mud no crud, no attacking her opponent just attacking the issues, cognizant of the problems with plans to address and work on solutions to solve them.
So yes, "the good guys” do win, it does happen and I witnessed it last night! At the end of the Contra Costa County Supervisor District ll campaign trail, like my last photo with her campaign sign leaning against the stop sign post. The vote stops here! Candace Andersen will bring to the county what she has brought to Danville, a record that shows a love for family, community, accountability, respect and responsibility. For you and me what we will receive is in the heart of her campaign message, “experience matters” and it matters most of all!
By Mary Ann Cadorna