Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Glover beats Agopian as final ballots counted in East County supervisor race

In a close race that was only decided when the final votes were tallied early Wednesday morning, two-term incumbent Federal Glover beat back challenger Gary Agopian in the runoff race for the Contra Costa supervisor seat.

With provisional ballots outstanding, Glover took 28,358 votes compared with 26,069 for Agopian.

Glover, the top vote-getter in the June primary, was set to face runner-up Erik Nunn in the two-man race, but weeks after the June primary Nunn, his wife and another Oakley couple died in a plane crash outside of Las Vegas. The election code determined that third place finisher Gary Agopian, an Antioch school trustee, would replace Nunn on the November runoff ballot.

Glover — a two-term supervisor from Pittsburg and former councilman and mayor of the East County city — significantly outspent Agopian during the runoff campaign.

During the campaign, Agopian, an Antioch Realtor, criticized Glover for ignoring his constituents, particularly Antioch residents. He also called Glover a "flip-flopper."

Glover questioned Agopian's work on the Antioch school board and pointed to his own East County transportation project accomplishments.

Agopian called out Glover for his initial support of a prison proposal that could have brought a facility to Antioch. Glover later voted against the project.

Glover said Agopian was responsible for Antioch schools' truancy issues and low test scores.

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