Incumbents and Challengers Running for Local Offices Now Determined

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(Photo Courtesy of City of Orinda)
Contra Costa County is making voting easier by installing 15 outdoor dropboxes where voters can deposit their ballots any time. Seen above is the dropbox located outside of Orinda City Hall.

    While national interest focuses on the presidential election, there are several local elections of interest to Orinda residents this November. The filing deadline for those elections was Aug. 7 with candidates hoping to win a seat on the Orinda City Council or the boards of the Orinda Union School District, Acalanes Union High School District or the Moraga Orinda Fire District.
    Two incumbents whose terms are up this December have filed for re-election to the Orinda City Council: Darlene Gee and Inga Miller. Latika Malkani, a legal policy advisor and attorney with Siegel Lewitter Malkani, is challenging them for one of the two seats available.
    With COVID-19 changing how children are educated, positions on local school boards take on even more importance this coming November. The Orinda Union School District has two positions available. Incumbents Cara Hoxie and Hillary Weiner will be running for re-election. They are unopposed.
    On the Acalanes Union High School District board, two positions are up for election. Incumbent Kristin Braun Connelly will be running for re-election with incumbent Kathleen R. Coppersmith not running for another term. Christopher Grove, Michael Bonino and Rupy Ahluwalia Krishman are the challengers.
    Fire safety ranks high on most Orindans’ priority lists, and this November they will vote for a representative to District 5 on the Moraga Orinda Fire District board. Incumbent Craig Jorgens is running for re-election and he is challenged by Orinda business owner Sharon L. Girdlestone.
    For supervisors, state assembly and state senate, California uses a “Top-two Primary” format, meaning the top two candidates in last March’s primary election advanced to the November general election. District 2 Supervisor Candace Anderson ran unopposed in the March primary securing her next term.
    Orinda resident and State Senator for District 7, Steve Glazer, will face Julie Mobley in November. Orinda resident Rebecca Bauer-Kahan hopes to retain her seat as State Assembly District 16 representative over challenger Joseph Rubay. On the federal level, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier is running for re-election in the 11th Congressional District. DeSaulnier’s challenger is Nisha Sharma.
    Election day is Nov. 3. Unregistered voters can register online at https://www.cocovote.us/registration-and-voting-options/register-to-vote/. Local residents can register up to 15 days prior to election day. After that deadline, a person can obtain a conditional voter registration. All votes will be by mail this election. Mail ballots are sent out 29 days before election day and can be mailed back to the county or dropped off at any designated drop box. Locations include:

• Lafayette City Hall, 3675 Mt Diablo Blvd, Suite 210
• Moraga Town Hall, 329 Rheem Blvd.
• Orinda City Hall, 22 Orinda Way
• Walnut Creek City Hall, 1666 N Main St.
• Walnut Creek – Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road

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