Danville Mayor Candace Andersen's landslide victory Tuesday in the District 2 county supervisor race will likely lead to her early appointment to the vacant seat.
"What makes the most sense for the county and the constituents of District 2 is for the board to ask Gov. (Jerry) Brown to appoint Candace," said Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia, of Richmond. "We have a lot of work to do. There is a steep learning curve to the job, and it will help everyone to get her up to speed."
The District 2 seat has been empty since mid-May, when Supervisor Gayle Uilkema died from ovarian cancer.
But for months before her death, Uilkema had been unable to work full time, and her colleagues have shouldered her committee assignments and helped with constituent services.
Andersen said she welcomes an appointment.
"I think it's important that we not leave the seat empty," Andersen said. "I know the job has a big learning curve, but I am ready to get started. And Gayle had some great staff that I am looking forward to working with."
If appointed, Andersen will resign from the Danville Town Council, where her term was set to end in December. The town could appoint a replacement or wait until the November election.
With all precincts reporting, Andersen received 24,692 votes, or 60.3 percent of the vote. Contra Costa Community College board President Tomi Van de Brooke trailed with 11,367 votes, or 27.8 percent. The third candidate, Sean White, of Lafayette, had 4,828 votes, or 11.8 percent.
The district includes Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Danville, Alamo, Rossmoor and San Ramon.