Concord City Council: Initial results show Nakamura narrowly leading, Hoffmeister also ahead

Early results in the Concord elections show an incumbent and newcomer may be one step closer to securing two seats on a City Council that must grapple with rising public safety concerns, a looming recession, and the long-delayed Concord Naval Weapons Station project.

After 30% of the first batch of votes were tallied Tuesday evening, a sizable gap separated Hoffmeister from her political newcomer challengers for District 1: mortgage consultant Robert Ring, technology sector professional Quinne Anderson

If initial reports hold steady, Hoffmeister with 1,990, or 48% of votes counted so far will continue her over 25 year reign on the council, headed into her sixth term representing Contra Costa County’s largest city.

Ring is 742 votes behind, with 30% of votes counted so far. Anderson with 21.56%. Initial voting tallies suggest that Ring is 742 votes behind, with 30% of votes counted so far. Followed by Anderson with 890 votes, or 21.56%

In interviews, both Ring and Anderson said they chose to run partly because of their frustration with the progress of the 2,300-acre Concord Naval Weapons Station project, a massive project which is one of the most ambitious housing developments in East Bay history.

Ring, Anderson Hoffmeister had shared priorities of increasing public safety, but each candidate had vastly different ideas of what that looks like. Both Hoffmeister and Ring are against defunding the police, while Anderson said she was in support and would like to see a budget reform with an emphasis on programs that work towards more “social justice.”

In the District 5, newcomer Laura Nakamura with 55.97% of the vote holds an early leads in the race to replace incumbent Tim McGallian an insurance agent first elected to council in 2018 with 44%.

Similar to the other newcomers Nakamura, a pediatric cardiac sonographer, also decided to run because of the Naval Weapons Station project.

However the focus of her frustration was the Council’s selection of a group of developers that includes the controversial Seeno Companies and Discovery Builders Inc. to oversee the project  — a decision she believes was made in spite of constituent wishes.

The selection of a development team linked to the Seenos — a family of home builders who are notorious in the East Bay for regularly suing public agencies and fighting environmental groups — as the master developer over two other bidding groups proved to be polarizing and is one McGallian supported and stands by.

McGallian’s main support comes from labor interests in the form of contributions and endorsements. He was also endorsed by fellow council members Hoffmeister and Dom Aliano, and Concord City Treasurer Patti Barsotti.

Nakamura clinched endorsements from the Democratic party of Contra Costa, Moms Demand Action, Central Labor Council of Contra Costa County and Concord Communities Alliance, an organization she co-founded which focuses on raising awareness of issues in Concord and advocating for equity in the city.