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.

bwinegarner@examiner.comBay Area NewsGovernment & PoliticsLocalPolitics

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Lakeshore Elementary School was closed in March shortly before SFUSD closed all schools due to coronavirus concerns. The district is now working to prepare all elementary schools to reopen by mid-January.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
School district preparing buildings for hybrid learning

SFUSD plans to use 72 elementary schools and 12 early education sites for first phase of reopening

There have been at least 142 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among workers at San Francisco International Airport. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Supes back SFO worker healthcare legislation despite airline, business opposition

Costs of ‘Health Airport Ordinance’ in dispute, with estimates ranging from $8.4 M to $163 M annually

Thankfully, playgrounds that were closed due to the pandemic during the summer have reopened.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
The perils of parenting, COVID-style

At long last, it’s OK to take your little one out to play

Ten candidates are running for a seat on the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Community College District.. (Courtesy photos)
Strong leadership needed as City College faces multiple crises

Ten candidates vying for four seats on CCSF board

City officials closed San Francisco County Jail No. 4 on the top floor of the Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant St. in September, reducing the number of beds in the jail system by about 400. 
Kevin N. Hume/
S.F. Examiner
SF jail closure prompts doctor to call for release of more inmates

Reduced space increases risk of COVID-19 spreading among those in custody

Most Read