As you may have heard, I have made a difficult choice not to run for re-election for the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors. This choice was made easier because of one person, East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) Director Diane Burgis.
Diane is uniquely qualified to serve on the Board of Supervisors. She is a true leader and has all of the qualities I feel are the most important to serve the citizens of District III. Diane is a fiscal conservative; supports police and firefighters that work hard to make our communities safe; supports investment into our transportation system; she is approachable and knowledgeable; advocates to protect our Bay/Delta and our environment; and most importantly, Diane cares about you.
Diane has the most regional experience of all the candidates. As a Director of the East Bay Regional Park District, Diane works to serve the taxpayers of two counties, Alameda and Contra Costa. Diane has learned how to responsibly manage an annual budget of over $200 million dollars and oversee a District police and fire department.
As a recent council member for the City of Oakley, Diane knows the challenges of local government and how to fight for the needs of taxpayers and invest in public safety as a top priority.
Diane is a Delta advocate, having served as a member of the Delta Protection Commission she has worked to advance the federal National Heritage Designation to preserve, protect and promote our vibrant Delta region and has fought Governor Brown’s Twin Tunnel project.
As Executive Director of Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed, Diane knows that salmon are a vital link not only to our Delta and our environment, but also our economy. Diane has fought to protect salmon migratory routes and save this valuable fish.
Diane is fiscally conservative. As a former small business owner, Diane knows what it takes to make a budget work and meet the bottom line. Diane puts Public Safety first by supporting a well staffed police force and fire department in order to protect citizens, property and make communities safe. Living in far East County, Diane is acutely aware of and supports the need to fully fund transportation and Vasco Road safety projects that allow for shorter commute hours and more time with family.
Diane has my vote for Contra Costa County’s District III Supervisor because she is the right candidate. I ask you to give her your vote too. If you have any questions I can be reached at 925-516-2358.
It has been my honor and privilege to work for you for nearly 12 years on the Board of Supervisors. Thank you for the opportunity to serve.
Mary Nejedly Piepho
Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors