Antioch Councilwoman Monica Wilson announces run for County Supervisor in District 3

Monica Wilson from Facebook.

Monica Wilson from her campaign’s Facebook page.

Antioch City Council Member Monica Wilson announced, today, Monday, February 1, 2016, she will run for the open Contra Costa County’s Board of Supervisor’s seat in District 3, currently held by Mary Piepho.

In a news release from her campaign, Wilson stated “In my time on the Antioch City Council, I have worked to bring jobs back to our community and to make sure that every resident has the opportunity to succeed in our economy. I want to bring these type of results to the rest of Contra Costa County and I’m going to fight to make sure we get results.”

The announcement further states “Wilson’s passion for serving her community began after being affected by the economic crash of 2007. Right after buying a home in Antioch to be closer to her parents, Monica was laid off from her job. The housing crisis forced Monica to deplete her life’s savings to pay off her new mortgage and barely stay afloat. Being in the same financial position as many East Contra Costa County Residents, Monica understood the feeling of helplessness over the economic strain caused by the financial crisis.

Monica wanted to give back to her neighbors and she started volunteering in the community [and] working at Mills College to help guide students towards their goals. After that, Monica began working to bring funds to support programs for youth in the community, creating opportunities for the next generation.”

According to Wilson’s list of Experience on her LinkedIn page, her position at Mills College in Oakland was  Special Projects/Executive Assistant to the Dean of Student Life from February 2009 to July 2014; then she worked as Interim Dean of Economic and Workforce Development for the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District – Workforce Institute from July, 2014 to October, 2014, where one of the people she appointed to be her standby council members, and an Antioch Economic Development Commission Member, Lamar Thorpe works as Chief Advancement Officer. Wilson was then was unemployed for about six months until securing her current position, last April, as Workforce Service Specialist for the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County in Pleasant Hill. If elected, she would have to give up that position.

In her news release, it claims, “First running for office in 2012, Wilson’s tenure on the City Council has been marked by significant achievements for the City of Antioch. She used her experience from her time in the private sector to help grow local businesses and also made sure that public services continued to improve to better serve Antioch residents. During her tenure, Monica made public safety a top priority, securing local measures to hire and support more police officers, and during her time on the council, Antioch was able to expand public services in a fiscally responsible way; the city increased its rainy day reserves from 15% to 24%.

Wilson’s successes include bringing back a five-day workweek for city employees and closing the gap on the city’s financial obligations. She also strives to serve the underrepresented, bringing a new local grocery store to an underserved neighborhood whose residents previously had to drive the inconvenient long distance to the closest grocery store.”

 Wilson signs papers at the Contra Costa County Elections Division office. from her Facebook page.

Wilson signs papers at the Contra Costa County Elections Division office. photo from her campaign’s Facebook page.

The news release also states that “Wilson brings her strong history of creating opportunities for all residents and improving community resources to her service for East Contra Costa County. Monica has attended hundreds of community meetings in East County. Having met thousands of constituents, Monica maintains strong relationships with many stakeholders throughout the county. Monica is running for Supervisor to continue her work fighting for East County and to continue to expand opportunities for every resident. As a current Antioch councilmember, Monica Wilson has already had success on the citywide ballot; Antioch has the most likely primary voters of any of the cities in the third supervisorial district.

Wilson has worked to put the City back on financial track. The third supervisorial district, which includes Antioch, Oakley, Brentwood, and Discovery Bay, is represented by Supervisor Mary Piepho who is retiring. The primary election is June 7, 2016.”

Before being elected to the City Council, Wilson served on the Antioch Economic Development Commission from May, 2011 to November, 2012, served as Vice Chair for the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County from August, 2010 to June, 2012 and from 2010 to 2011 she served as Program Member for Emerge California, an organization self-described on their website as “the premier training program for Democratic women…to increase the number of Democratic women in public office.”

According to her LinkedIn profile, she is Vice Chair, California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus and Policy Issues Chair California State Delegate, 11th Assembly District; she earned a B.S. degree in Fashion Merchandising from Howard University, in 1991 and an MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2005.

For more information visit Wilson’s campaign website at

Wilson is the fifth candidate to enter the race, including Oakley City Councilman Doug Hardcastle, NAACP East County Branch President Odessa Lefrancois, East Bay Regional Parks District Board Member Diane Burgis and Antioch Mayor Wade Harper. If no candidate receives a majority of votes in the June Primary, the top two vote-getters will face each other in a run-off during the General Election in November. The district also includes Diablo, Blackhawk and Camino Tassajara in the San Ramon Valley.

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One Comment to “Antioch Councilwoman Monica Wilson announces run for County Supervisor in District 3”

  1. Avery Ray Colter says:

    A Riddle for Voters: Which Watch Wants to Whack Wilson?

    The campaign ads in the June 2016 issue are not surprising and all enjoy their freedom of expression.

    I just have one question to ask.

    The third-page ad for Hardcastle is identified as paid for by Friends of Hardcastle.
    The quarter-pager for Amador is identified as paid for by Amador for Congress.
    And the full-page No on E ad is identified as paid for by Antioch Friends for Local Control.

    All these show either an active FPPC ID or a Facebook page.

    So riddle me this:

    Who paid for the full-page hatchet job on Wilson?

    Neither group name, nor FPPC ID, nor any mechanism of contact is offered from this party, which ends its layout with a fusillade of well-worn dog-whistles concerning our economic refugees, nearly non-existent voter fraud, and any manner of advanced understanding of citizens of alternate gender classification. This following a ceremonial shaming of someone for being a member of the so-called “precariat”. I have been lucky to work at my present employer for nearly 15 years, but my work record before this would not have passed this ad-maker’s muster of being employed somewhere longer than 5 and a half years. What are we to make of these unnamed snobs who thumb their noses at those of us to have had to work to find work?

    For a faction positioning itself as a watcher, they sure like their invisibility.

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