Recruited by Piepho, Diane Burgis to run for County Supervisor in District 3

Diane Burgis, from 2014 file photo

Diane Burgis, from 2014 file photo

Today, Tuesday, December 22, 2015, Diane Burgis, an East Bay Regional Parks District Trustee, representing Antioch and other parts of East County, announced her candidacy for Contra Costa County Supervisor in District 3.

“New opportunities sometimes come when you least expect them,” said Diane Burgis.  “After discussion with my children, Supervisor Mary Piepho and supporters, I have decided to run for Supervisor.”

Current District 3 Supervisor, Piepho announced on Monday that she will not seek a fourth term in next June’s election.  Today she announced her support for Burgis stating, “I recruited Diane Burgis to succeed me on the Board of Supervisors because she is a leader in our community who possesses intelligence, integrity and compassion.  As executive director of Friends of the Marsh Creek Watershed and a trustee on the East Bay Regional Parks District Board, Diane has an excellent understanding of Delta water issues and the regional experience needed to serve the constituents of this district.  Diane is the most qualified person to succeed me on the Board of Supervisors.”

“I believe I will bring new approaches and a fresh perspective to issues before the Board of Supervisors,” said Burgis.  “My priorities are to actively represent all parts of the District and provide fiscal accountability and transparency, ensure public safety, promote economic development and job creation for East County residents, and develop solutions to reduce traffic and improve infrastructure.”

Burgis was elected last year to the East Bay Regional Parks District Board and is the Executive Director of Friends of the Marsh Creek Watershed. She currently serves on the Regional Planning Committee of the Association of Bay Area Governments. Prior to her election to the Parks District Board, Diane served on the Oakley City Council for two years, where she represented Contra Costa County on the Delta Protection Commission.  Diane was named 2012 California State Assembly’s Woman of the Year for District 15 for her work with Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed and her other contributions to the community.

Burgis spent over 10 years as owner of a small business that provided mobile fleet services to businesses. She has been actively involved in raising money and awareness for Tuberous Sclerosis for over 16 years and previously served as Chairperson for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance of Northern California.

Burgis and her three teen-aged sons live in Oakley.

Oakley Councilman and former Mayor Doug Hardcastle, who announced his campaign for Supervisor in September and Odessa LeFrancois, the President of the NAACP East County Branch, who announced her candidacy with an entry in the Antioch Veterans Day Parade in November, are the only other candidates in the race, so far. Filing for the seat opens in February and closes in March. The election is in June, 2016. However, if no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, the top two candidates face off in the General election in November, 2016.

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