(BCN) — Filling the seat of Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors chairperson Karen Mitchoff won’t be as simple as just winning a local election. It was already tried once in June, with none of the five candidates getting more than 50 percent of the vote.

The two top vote getters — Pleasant Hill City Council member Ken Carlson (26.73 percent) and BART board member Debora Allen (25.26 percent) – will square off Nov. 8. District 4 includes parts of Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord and Clayton.

The county Board of Supervisors runs in Carlson’s family. His grandfather, James Moriarty, was a Contra Costa County supervisor. Carlson was a Concord police officer for 29 years, doing everything from patrolling to working on the county’s forensic mental health team.

Carlson has served as Pleasant Hill’s mayor and was the City Council’s first openly gay member. He says he’ll focus on public safety, the housing crisis, economic recovery and fighting climate change. Allen was elected to the BART board in 2016. Her campaign site says she’s a “common-sense, no-nonsense candidate with a reputation for challenging the status quo” and a “fiscal hawk.”

She has more than 30 years of experience in construction and real estate management, which she says will help her when it comes to job creation and tackling the housing crisis. For more information on voting in Contra Costa County, people can go to https://www.contracostavote.gov/. To register to vote in California, go to https://covr.sos.ca.gov/.

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Those registering or re-registering fewer than 15 days before an election need to complete the same day voter registration process at https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/same-day-reg/ and request a ballot in person at their county elections office or polling location.

People can contact the Contra Costa County Elections Office at (925) 335-7800 or by emailing ballot@vote.cccounty.us, and can check if they’re already registered to vote at https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov.

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