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Former Mayor of Antioch Don Freitas announced that he will run for Antioch City Council in the 3rd District in November.

Although there had long been rumors that Freitas would run, he publicly confirmed it in a social media post following the release of a Contra Costa County grand jury report on Antioch State — including the conduct of the city council. — Read the report.

Here is his statement:

I would like to declare that I am running for the Antioch City Council seat, District 3, on November 5, 2024. As a lifelong resident of Antioch, I have had the privilege of representing our community in a number of elected and appointed positions, such as serving as Mayor from 2000 to 2008.

The leadership of our city by current Mayor Lamar Thorpe and some members of the current City Council over the past few years has been nothing but a disaster. And today, the Contra Costa County Civil Court Grand Jury factually documented many of the problems we face in a report entitled “Challenges Facing the City of Antioch.” It is a must-read!!! I urge all registered voters in Antioch to “Vote for Change” in this election.

We need new leadership that cares about improving the lot of our citizens, rather than the political ambitions of a few elected officials who have effectively harmed our community. Get the report by subscribing to Contra Costa News. And support much-needed positive change in Antioch on November 5th.

In the 2012 elections, Freitas ran for mayor, but came third with 20.49% of the vote. Wade Harper (40.77%) and Gary Agopian (32.79%). In the 2008 election Mayor Freitas lost re-election to Jim Davis in a close race by only 475 votes.

Due to the reorganization, Ogorchock was removed from District 3

The Third District Council seat will be vacant because there is no incumbent – as stated in the grand jury report, they believe there is a violation of the Brown Act in redistricting with a mayor. Lamar Hernandez Thorpe, Tamisha Torres Walker And Monica Wilson Meeting to optimize the lines to force the councilor Lori Ogorchock from her district and placed her with Wilson in District 4 – it passed by a vote of 3 to 2. Wilson (36.60%) defeated Ogorchock (27.88%) in the 2022 election.

During the March 2022 meeting, seven members of the public spoke and accused the council of blatant gerrymandering. To watch the 47:42 minute meeting, click here.

Antwon Webster is also running for District 3.

As previously announced, Webster is also running for the 3rd District. Webster was in the Air Force and is currently an active member of the City of Antioch Administrative Appeals Board and a community activist. His future priorities include public safety, development and financial accountability.

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