CONCORD: Filing Period Opens Today for November Election

July 14, 2014 10:00 am · 8 comments

Candidates for the Concord City Council and City Treasurer may make an appointment with the Concord City Clerk to obtain nomination papers, beginning today.

Three City Council seats will be on the ballot, each for a term of four years. One City Treasurer position will be on the ballot, also for a term of four years. Candidates must be registered voters at their current residence in the City of Concord, citizens of the United States, 18 years of age or older, and not disqualified from holding office by the constitution or laws of the State of California.

The period for filing nomination papers for the above offices is from July 14 to August 8, 2014. If one of the incumbents does not file nomination papers before 5 p.m. on August 8, the nomination period will be extended to August 13, but only for non-incumbents. Candidates are asked to make an appointment with the City Clerk to obtain nomination papers.

For more information about the nomination and election process, candidates may contact City Clerk Mary Rae Lehman at (925) 671-3495 or visit the City of Concord website at

Anonymous July 14, 2014 at 1:45 PM

This would be easier if Garaventa and the POA just appointed folks, we could skip all the folderol..

Always Right July 14, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Hoping we have some candidates with the spine to stand up against all the out of town lobbyists demanding Concord build high density, low quality housing.

Concord has the lowest owner-occupancy rate of any town east of the Caldecott. We already have way too many run-down apartments and run-down rentals.

Concord is at a tipping point, about to circle the drain, and we have lobbyists from environmental organizations aligned with ABAG going to Concord city meetings to insist we add more rentals and poverty housing?

Please, limousine liberals, take your social conscience back to your own neighborhoods and start building low income housing in Walnut Creek, Orinda, Piedmont, Danville, etc. Concord has had enough !

End of rant.

@Always Right July 14, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Don’t let it be the end of your rant; maybe you should run. I’m a renter, but I’m also conservative and often feel very underrepresented.

BagsFlyFree July 14, 2014 at 4:42 PM

I agree with the trifecta above, you have to rotate out the people in power who steer Concord in their vision. Career politicos can’t sometimes see that their actions aren’t benefitting the new generational shifts that happen every few years. We need 30 somethings to step into the Council to fight off the long standing grip Seeno/Garaventa/POA have on how our taxes are spent.

As for the three incumbents running, two appear to have county/state office aspirations, and one has been on council pre housing boom… Time to rinse them out and start with new vision!!!

BFF Out!!

Atticus Thraxx July 14, 2014 at 6:00 PM

This is going to be an important election. A lot of changes are heading our way and while I don’t think there needs to be a bloodletting, a new face or two might be a good thing.

anon July 14, 2014 at 6:41 PM

WC, Danville et al will vote to have CNWS converted to housing for unaccompanied minors from Central America. It will make them feel good and give the help a cheap place to stay.

The Black Knight July 14, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Any current member of the Concord City Council or Concord Planning Commission running for a seat needs to be defeated. We have been sold out by these individuals. They have taken no action to eliminate lifetime medical benefits for council members, but they have taken action to increase the population of Concord by tens of thousands, and increase traffic in Concord by approving plans that will put the bulk of new housing in the areas of all Concord highway on/off ramps so current residents can enjoy more traffic. Please be aware that if Mayor Tim Grayson and Vice Mayor Ron Leone are reelected this year and serve 1 year of a second term they will have the served the 5 years necessary to be eligible for LIFETIME MEDICAL BENEFITS at cost to the residents of Concord. Laura Hoffmeister has already served the necessary 5 years that make her eligible for LIFETIME MEDICAL BENEFITS at cost to the residents of Concord. Should she seek reelection we should demand she give up those benefits. City Counsel Members should be in those positions because it is an honor to serve your fellow citizens not because they have an opportunity to benefit or profit from the position. The City of Concord has laid off 20%-25% of city employees and will be asking Concord residents for a 5 year extension of the Measure Q sales tax increase, while doing nothing when it comes to their LIFETIME MEDICAL BENEFITS. I have had one counsel member tell me that city counsel members should get a raise. Is $1,400.00 per month, medical benefits (lifetime medical benefits after 5 years), and pension not enough for serving your fellow citizens? It is to much in my opinion. Please let your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers know what is going on and save this city from the current city council and planning commission by making sure none of these individuals are elected. Take this city back.

jp5air July 15, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Concord has over 120K residents and a stipend of less than $17K per year for a council member does not seem excessive. I believe all of the current council members have other jobs and serving on the council is a part time thing. I would support continuing the health benefits but eliminating the lifetime continuation perk after five years of service…in other words you only get the benefit for as long as you serve. Another solution could be to boost the stipend to $2K per month but eliminate the health benefits and pension. I’m not defending any of the current members or their performance, the voters will decide that come November. I’m just pointing out that this health benefit “controversy” should be an easy fix if they will agree make some sensible changes.

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