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Meet Ken Carlson
Getting It Done For Pleasant Hill And Contra Costa County

Ken’s been getting it done for our community for over 30 years. He attended Mountain View Elementary in Concord and Pleasant Hill Middle and High Schools. Proud Eagle Scout with Walnut Creek Troop 820. Ken learned at an early age about giving back. His grandfather, James Moriarty, served Contra Costa as a county supervisor. His mom, a registered nurse, cared for our most vulnerable at Hospice of the East Bay. Ken joined the Concord Police force where he served for 29-years working as a neighborhood patrol officer and crisis negotiator to help keep our families and community safe. In 2012, Ken’s neighbors elected him to the Pleasant Hill City Council, where he served as mayor and vice mayor. He made history as the city’s first openly gay councilmember, and got the job done when he delivered a new library and park, upgraded our roads, and chaired the Council’s Economic Development subcommittee to bring new jobs to our community.

Today, Ken is running for Contra Costa supervisor because, now more than ever, we need leaders who get it and have the experience and results to get it done for Contra Costa-like tackling our housing crisis, jumpstarting our stalled economy, and delivering a cleaner, more sustainable environment.

Vote Ken Carlson for supervisor. He gets it and he’ll get it done for all of us.


Fix the housing crisis

by working with local leaders to find commonsense housing solutions that work for our community so all Contra Costans, regardless of income, have access to safe affordable housing.

Help our economy recover

from the pandemic by cutting red tape for small businesses, investing in business development, and incentivizing hiring local workers so our teachers, nurses, and firefighters can afford to live where they serve.

Make public safety priority #1

so all families feel safe in Contra Costa and deliver appropriate social reforms

Fight climate change and promote a more sustainable county,

create an action plan to protect the Delta and our water supply, and fight for commonsense solutions that mitigate wildfires and sea level rise.

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Three Decades of Leadership

  • Designated June as LGBTQIA+ Pride month and co-authored a resolution reaffirming the city’s commitment to protecting every citizen.

  • Revitalized Pleasant Hill’s industrial zone to attract new jobs, developed the city’s long-term financial blueprint, and grew city reserves to nearly $9 million.

  • Delivered a new public library, secured land for a new community park and more housing, and cracked down on public smoking and vaping.

  • Banned single use plastic bags, fought for more recycling and waste diversion programs, beat the city’s required 25% water reduction goal, and delivered new energy sources and providers for ratepayers.

  • Invested millions in road improvements, repaving, and fixing potholes and sidewalks — and did it all within budget.

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Ken and his husband Jeremy



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  • Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

  • State Senator Bill Dodd

  • State Treasurer Fiona Ma

  • State Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan

  • State Assemblymember Tim Grayson

  • Contra Costa Supervisors Diane Burgis District 3

  • Contra Costa Supervisors John Gioia District 1

  • Contra Costa Supervisors Karen Mitchoff District 4

  • Concord Mayor Dominic Aliano

  • Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich

  • El Cerrito Mayor Gabriel Quinto 

  • Hercules Mayor Chris Kelley

  • Lafayette Mayor Teresa Gerringer

  • Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder

  • Pleasant Hill Mayor Michael Harris

  • San Pablo Mayor Rita Xavier

  • Walnut Creek Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Silva

  • Antioch Councilmember Lori Ogorchock

  • Clayton Councilmember Jim Diaz

  • Former Clayton Mayor and Councilmember Julie Pierce

  • Concord Vice Mayor Laura Hoffmeister

  • Concord Councilmember Carlyn Obringer

  • Concord Councilmember Edi Birsan

  • Concord Councilmember Tim McGallian

  • Danville Vice Mayor Robert Storer

  • Danville Councilmember Dave Fong

  • Dublin San Ramon Services District Vice President Marisol Rubio

  • El Cerrito Councilmember Paul Fadelli

  • Orinda Councilmember Amy Worth

  • Pleasant Hill Vice Mayor Tim Flaherty
  • Pleasant Hill Councilmember Sue Noack

  • Pleasant Hill Councilmember Matthew Rinn

  • Pleasant Hill Rec and Park Board Chair Bobby Glover 

  • Pleasant Hill Rec and Park Board Vice Chair Sandra Bonato

  • Pleasant Hill Rec and Park Board Secretary Zac Shess

  • Pleasant Hill Rec and Park Board Member Sandy Vinson

  • San Ramon Councilmember Sabina Zafar

  • Walnut Creek Councilmember Cindy Darling

  • Walnut Creek Councilmember Kevin Wilk

  • Walnut Creek Councilmember Loella Haskew

  • Former Walnut Creek City Councilmember and Former BART Board Director Gail Murray

  • Contra Costa Building and Construction Trades

  • Democratic Party of Contra Costa County

  • Contra Costa Labor Council 

  • Planned Parenthood Northern California

  • National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW)

  • SEIU Local 1000


  • United Professional Firefighter of Contra Costa IAFF Local 1230

  • BART Board President Rebecca Saltzman District #3

  • Contra Costa Water District Vice President Ernesto Avila

  • East Bay Municipal Utility District Boardmember (Ward 2) John. A Coleman

  • East Bay Regional Park District Board President Colin Coffey

  • East Bay Regional Parks Boardmember (Ward 6) Beverly Lane

  • Mt Diablo Unified School District Trustee Cherise Khaund

  • Director of Healthy Contra Costa Roxanne Carrillo Garza

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