County supervisors: Gordon avoids runoff with majority of vote

District 3 supervisorial incumbent Richard Gordon won a majority of votes in Tuesday’s election, fending off two opponents and eliminating the possibility of a runoff in the fall.

With 51.7 percent, Gordon, 57, beat two challengers in District 3: Redwood City resident and Libertarian John “Jack” Hickey, 72, a Sequoia Healthcare District board member, and biologist Jo Chamberlain, a 56-year-old Half Moon Bay resident affiliated with the Green Party. Chamberlain garnered 24.6 percent while Hickey had 23.6 percent.

Hickey is still holding out for the possibility of a runoff. If the official election results show Gordon leading by less than 3 percent, Hickey said he plans to challenge the results.

Gordon was thankful he would not have to face a runoff, which he said would have taken time away from important issues like health care, coastal protection, housing and transportation.

The recent and prolonged closure of Highway 1 near Devil’s Slide — part of Gordon’s district — did not appear to harm his candidacy. “I want to reassure folks who live on the coast that I am doing everything possible to make sure the construction moves rapidly,” Gordon said.

While Gordon raised more than $64,000 and spent nearly $20,000 on his campaign, Hickey raised $1,100 total and spent $650, and Jo Chamberlain raised $6,500, spending a little more than $4,000.

Gordon’s fellow supervisor, District 2 representative Jerry Hill, raised approximately $120,000 in campaign funds before discovering he would be running unopposed in Tuesday’s election.

Gordon was first elected to a partial term on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in April of 1997. He has since won three contested races, including Tuesday’s, although term limits will force him out of office in 2010.

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