Candace was first elected to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors in June 2012. In June 2016 and March 2020, she ran unopposed and was re-elected to four-year terms. She will be running again in 2024.
Previously, Candace was on the Danville Town Council from 2003 through June 2012, serving two terms as Mayor. In her role as County Supervisor, Candace currently sits on 29 local and regional boards and commissions addressing planning and land use, transportation, pensions, mental health, healthcare, reuse and recycling, economic development and public safety.
Candace also served on the Morgan Hill City Council in the early 1990's. She is an attorney licensed to practice law in California and Hawaii and began her legal career as a Prosecuting Attorney in her hometown of Honolulu. She put her legal career on hold to serve the community and raise her family.
Candace received both her B.A. in Public Policy (1982) and Juris Doctorate (1985) from Brigham Young University. She attended Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii from K-12.
Along with her responsibilities on the Board of Supervisors, Candace remains an active volunteer in her church and community.
She and her husband, attorney Philip M. Andersen, have been married for 38 years and are the parents of six children ranging in age from 23 to 36, have four daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and nine grandchildren.