County Supervisor candidate Doug Hardcastle responds to Piepho’s announcement she won’t seek reelection

Doug Hardcastle

Doug Hardcastle

Today, Monday, December 21, 2015, County Supervisor Mary Piepho, who represents District 3 on the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, announced she will not seek reelection for a fourth term, next year. I want to applaud Mary on her decision and thank her for her service to the people of Contra Costa County, over the past 11 years.

While I have had differences with her over policy and some of her votes, we have served together well on the transportation boards serving East County, on which she has helped move forward the planned Tri-Link freeway and transit connection between Brentwood and Tracy. Mary has also helped lead the fight to protect the Delta, which is important to all of us who depend on it for our drinking water, as well as fishing and recreation.

As I stated when I launched my campaign in September, it’s time for new leadership in our county. I thank Supervisor Piepho for ensuring that will happen for the people of the Third District. Serving in public office should not be a career, but should be a place where average citizens can serve the people, for a time. If I’m elected, following Mary’s example, I pledge to serve no more than three terms on the Board of Supervisors, as well.

I wish Mary well and God’s blessings in her future endeavors.

Doug Hardcastle serves on the Oakley City Council and just completed a year as Mayor. From 2000 to 2012 he served as a Director for the Ironhouse Sanitary District, for which he served as President in 2011-2012. He and his wife Lyn own Hardcastle’s RV in Oakley. He’s a life-long resident of Contra Costa County. District 3 includes Oakley, Brentwood, Discovery Bay, Blackhawk, Camino Tassajara, Diablo, Byron, Bethel Island, Knightsen and parts of Antioch.

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