Bipartisan Community Leaders Rally Around Diane Burgis for Supervisor

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OAKLEY, CALIF Community leaders, including Democrats, Republicans and Independents, joined together today to announce their unified support for Diane Burgis for Contra Costa County Supervisor in District Three.

The broad coalition of endorsers includes Democratic Congressmembers Jerry McNerney and Mark DeSaulnier, current Republican County Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho, Democratic state leaders Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (ret.), Republican Mayor Kevin Romick of Oakley, Town of Discovery Bay Directors Kevin Graves (R) and Chris Steele (R), and Democratic Antioch City Councilmembers Tony Tiscareno and Mary Rocha.

This all comes on the heels of endorsements from District Attorney Mark Peterson and County Sheriff David Livingston, both Republicans, as well as the county’s deputy sheriffs and firefighters.

“Diane Burgis is a leader in our community who possesses the intelligence, integrity and compassion necessary to bridge gaps and represent the views of all East County residents,” said County Supervisor Mary Piepho, a Republican. “She’s approachable and knowledgeable, and supports investment in our transportation system, and our police and firefighters who work hard to make our communities safe.”

Diane currently serves as an East Bay Regional Parks District director and is the executive director of the Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed. Previously, she served as an Oakley City councilmember and spent over ten years as a small business owner. She highlights four priorities for her candidacy: improving public safety, attracting economic development, ensuring fiscal accountability and preserving the delta for future generations.

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Congressman Jerry McNerney, Rick Lemyre, and Diane Burgis at Marsh Creek in Oakley

“Diane has a strong history of fighting to protect our water, our delta and the environment,” said Congressman Jerry McNerney, a Democrat. “Her leadership as head of the Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed and as a board member for the East Bay Regional Parks District exemplifies the steady, bipartisan leadership our region needs.”

Burgis, the only Democrat on the ballot, has also earned the official endorsement of the California Democratic Party, Democratic Party of Contra Costa County, Contra Costa Young Democrats and East Contra Costa Democrats for Action. But that doesn’t mean she will only represent Democrats.

“I examine each issue closely, hear all sides and then come to the decision that works best for East County,” said Diane Burgis, candidate for Supervisor in District Three. “One size doesn’t fit all. Our district deserves a representative who has proven that they can work together with every member of the community. I’m honored to have earned the trust and confidence of our current Republican County Supervisor, Mary Piepho, as well as a long list of local Democrats, Republicans and Independents who put community before party.”

Voters can learn more about her and her platform at www.dianeburgis.com.

23 COMMENTS

  1. I think Diane Burgis is an absolute joke. The way the Parks and Rec board handled the range closure at Chabot is a travesty. If you’re looking for someone who doesn’t listen to reason, logic or their constituents, she’ll be great.

  2. I don’t know the details about Chabot (isn’t that in Alameda Co?) But in East Contra Costa, the biggest joke is Steve Barr. He is by far the dimmest bulb in the box. Diane Burgis runs circles around him.

    In no way does Barr have the credentials for County Supervisor. His record is awful on every board he has been on. Diane Burgis on the other hand has a long record of success and proven leadership. Don’t take my word, check both of their records.

    All of these endorsers from both Republican and Democratic parties can’t be wrong. Public Safety supports her and I will too.

  3. The fact that Burgis was hand picked by Piepho is enough to send my vote the other way.

    • Now that’s funny! Sour grapes much??? Lol! Piepho is one of our best Supervisors in years and has been encouraged to run for multiple other offices due to her popularity amongst voters and political leaders.

      Sorry to inform you but if you don’t know it, you are in the minority.

      Everyone I speak with is supporting Diane Burgis as a direct result of Mary Piepho’s endorsement. I’m sure Barr would have welcomed Piepho’s endorsement but apparently he didn’t measure up (to the very person that knows the job inside and out. Mary Piepho).

      Barr is failing and has little support from local or even regional elected leaders. He record on the fire board, school board, and city council hasn’t helped. Not to mention his pro growth over development voting record. Oh and speaking of voting, apparently Barr hasn’t even bothered to VOTE in the last few elections. He should spend less time on putting up his campaign signs and study up on the issues. If you haven’t attended a debate, you should…..he is clueless.

      Steve’s a nice guy but not a leader anyone can get behind. That’s the long and short of it.

      Do some homework chum and maybe you won’t waste your vote. Your choice, your vote, choose wisely. Your future and that of the Delta may depend on it.

    • @anon too

      You probably voted for Ted Cruz too. It has to be lonely in your political world.
      #stupidvotesdontmatter

  4. My vote was lost when I found out about her public employee union backing. A real red flag for our pension problems by overgenerous supervisors. We now have reduced services. The other fact was that the two supervisors are colluding to recruit her with political funds not intended for her. I see the many more citizens supporting Barr by far. Ranchers, Commuters, Residents, Republicans and Democrats too. I will vote Barr with pride and honesty.

    • In case you were looking for truth, I found the vote you “lost”.
      You see, it’s a fact that Steve got an endorsement…from the Brentwood POA (a public employees union that works under him as a city council member). Wow, what a surprise! I’m sure you are equally as shocked.
      The Supervisors political funds that you speak of did not come from the public but came from “campaign donations” which are not only allowed but encouraged to be used by candidate and officeholders to use on specific uses allowed by the FPPC. You may not like the rules but everyone must live by them. It is common place for political donations to be shared amongst campaigns. It’s done at every level of office. If you donated to either campaign then you have a right to complain, but it is doubtful that it is your money were are discussing, correct? Both Supervisors are being transparent in their actions. Are you sure those that have been donating to Barr have done the same? What about Assemblyman Jim Frazier? Has he donated his campaign funds to Barr? It’s a really good question and the answer should be public according to FPPC rules and campaign finance disclosure. One thing is for sure, Barr had a publicized issue with payment to his former campaign manager and has had to loan himself funding in the primary. Not fiscally prudent and morally questionable.
      So tell us under any name you choose, who is supporting Steve Barr? I have visited his web page and tried to see who all these people you speak of that are supporting him but it isn’t exactly as you portray it to be.
      You are the “alias” internet troll that suggests you have “pride and honesty”. Don’t you think it’s time to start acting like it?

      The more you pitch, the more you help everyone see Diane Burgis is the better can date. I guess that is why she was selected over Barr and endorsed by everyone from both sides of the political aisle. Thanks for that.

    • Hey Joey,

      The supervisors don’t hand out pensions. It is done by the contra costa retirement board known a CCERA. (If you are going to assume you might want to accuse the the right board.)

      You should also be specific to which pension problems would you be referring to and who’s pension problems. There are many different agencies within the county some not inclusive to east county. If you are talking about east contra costa county fire there is no pension problem. Firefighter’s pay 25 percent of their wage into their own pension. Those pensions are limited by a small salary and existing state laws. If you have other pension issues please list them so they can be addressed.

      Your local firefighter’s have interviewed both candidates and decided to back Diane.

      Steve has been on the fire board twice now and hasn’t gained the endorsement. He has also voted to give himself 65 percent raise and the Mayor a 54 percent raise.

  5. Burgis is a Joke. She is running for the wrong reasons and will jump ship at another opportunity.

  6. The fact that Burgis was selected by Supervisor Piepho is enough for me. Diane Burgis gets every vote in my household. Thanks for the recommendation Supervisor Piepho as well as all the others that endorsed Ms. Burgis.

  7. Man, I should have known that the Defender of St. Mary would be hoppin’ (how many screen names you got goin’ there?)

    Ms. Piepho’s record of attempted nepotism and her snit when it failed were enough for me to never, ever trust her or her motives.

  8. @anon too,

    Since you are fixated on your petty world of media hype, the truth reality doesn’t really factor in and probably never has. You see, the truth be told you never do your own work. You just hear what you want to hear. In my world, I deal with reality and in your world you rely on what others tell you.

    Resurrecting baseless allegations against anyone including Supervisor Piepho is a tell tale sign that you are desperate and frustrated. Your narcissism gave you away once again. Good luck with your hateful personal agenda as it will fail you once again. It always does.

    #stupidvotesdontmatter

  9. #stupidvotesdontmatter, This alone says our next Supervisor will be Steve Barr because most voters are smart people. Burgis is a robot for special politicos whom have taken advantage of us. The fact that Supervisor Piepho handed picked her guarantees my vote for Steve Barr.

    • Whether you post as Larry, Anon Too, William, or your former moniker Youknowme you are always chiming in with the same shallow perspective. You probably have never met Steve Barr or attending a meeting. If you had you would know just how much he is lacking when it comes to leadership. It’s the very same reason Supervisor Mary Piepho selected Diane Burgis over all of the other candidates after working with all of them for years, including Barr.

      While you may think you are the smartest guy in the room your comments prove otherwise. The voting results in the primary strongly point to Ms. Burgis easily winning in November. You do know how that works right? Our local, hard working and extremely involved firefighter’s wouldn’t even endorse Steve Barr! It’s not just the Supervisor that thinks Diane Burgis is the best person for the job, the voters, people that work in the same job sector and a long list of endorsers do too. And yes, they have met and interviewed both Barr and Diane Burgis. They all chose Diane Burgis. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. Good luck with your wasted vote because there are a whole lot of people that know better. Mary Piepho is in good company. You, not so much.

      Community leaders, including Democrats, Republicans and Independents, joined together today to announce their unified support for Diane Burgis for Contra Costa County Supervisor in District Three.

      The broad coalition of endorsers includes Democratic Congressmembers Jerry McNerney and Mark DeSaulnier, current Republican County Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho, Democratic state leaders Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (ret.), Republican Mayor Kevin Romick of Oakley, Town of Discovery Bay Directors Kevin Graves (R) and Chris Steele (D), and Democratic Antioch City Councilmembers Tony Tiscareno and Mary Rocha.

      This all comes on the heels of endorsements from District Attorney Mark Peterson and County Sheriff David Livingston, both Republicans, as well as the county’s deputy sheriffs and firefighters.

      Do yourself a favor, visit Diane’s web site. You will find dozens and dozens of additional endorsers.

      Don’t forget Barr is supported by Jim Frazier. The guy who has denounced and abandoned Oakley. The Jim Frazier that is attempting to raise your gas tax another 17 cents a gallon. The same Jim Frazier that wants to raise the tax on Diesel fuel 30 cents a gallon which will impact every single thing you buy. Nice huh? Maybe you should focus on that for a while.

  10. Clinton, You just listed a pay to play list of politicians who only serve themselves unless a nice little donation comes their way. That’s why one of your alias is attached to the Clintons. They are just as corrupt as Supervisor Mary Piepho. These corrupt politicians have done nothing but enrich themselves. Join the ranchers and local family residents backing a real person, Steve Barr.

    • “Mack” perhaps you should plead your accusations of “play to play” to both David Livingston (the elected Sheriff) and Mark Petersen (the elected District Attorney). They both would be interested in speaking with you and reading you your rights after you accused the both of them and all other politicians of taking bribes, committing a felony, inclusively of “pay to play”. After all they both endorsed Diane Burgis over Steve Barr.

      I’ll just forward your comments to their offices. You do stand behind your comments correct? I’m sure either would have no problem getting a subpoena to delve into your specific identity and motives. Let’s see what they think shall we?

      You finally crossed a line from stupidity to criminal.

      Your allegations rang hollow the first time you posted them under one of your other anonymous names. ( Youknowme wasn’t it? ). Your consistent theme of hit pieces against the Supervisor and duplicative phrases, out you and all of your revolving screen names. Who do you think you are fooling?

      Run along little troll, you have become predictably boorish. Someone will be getting back to you shortly.

      Have a nice evening, I know I will.

      • Clint, why would you name specific people unless you were thinking the same thing?
        My family and I will vote easily for Steve Barr. It is a real choice.

        • Your allegations rang hollow the first time you posted them under one of your many other anonymous names. ( Youknowme wasn’t it? ). Your consistent theme of hit pieces against the Supervisor and duplicative phrases, out you and all of your revolving screen names. I’ll ask you again, Who do you think you are fooling? Maybe stop using “real” in your posts.

          Based on your comments you’re not a very intelligent person, so it’s no wonder Barr is your choice. That’s an “real” conclusion.

          Run along little troll.

  11. Diane Burgis is a no vote. Just look how unpopular she is by Mary Piepho financing a fundraiser In Pleasant Hill. That’s not even in the district she wants to represent. Her and Mary Piepho can move to Pleasant Hill if that’s the only support they can get. No Burgis. She is wrong for East County.

    • Clearly G Spanning has no pulse of the community or clue about what is going on. Barr is right for Brentwood, that is about it, he has done next to nothing for any other community and he can pretend all he wants, he will always be ONLY about Brentwood.

    • Hey G Spanning, are you pretending to know how campaigns and fund raising work? I got news for you bub, many of the contributors often hold fundraisers out of district. Sorry you are butt hurt over that but unless you are planning on shelling out some major money for Barr, he is the one that is unpopular and under funded. It looks to me like he spent the money he didn’t have to try to win by having all those signs. (he lent himself campaign funds).

      The real balance of power, show of strength and support will go to Diane Burgis. Just wait to see who raises the most money and has the lions share of support and endorsements. Don’t forget that Barr got waxed by Bob Taylor. Hahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  12. Barr has an embarrassingly short list of endorsements and they all seem to come from a small group of those interested in building more houses and creating more congestion, despite our limited fire services super packed schools and rising crime in Brentwood.

    His accomplishments: showing up to meetings and helping his friends. He doesn’t lead, he follows- and that is exactly why the people supporting him are supporting him. He will do what they tell him do.

    Burgis has a list of endorsements from people that actually work with the board of supervisors, served as a supervisor or have worked closely with Diane and knows she is the real deal and has made great contributions to our community. Barr lost my consideration when Frazier, the crookedest of the crooked, endorsed him. Burgis isn’t one to be rolled over by the thugs, she fights back and does it with class. Burgis is the BEST choice.

    • Barr TRump, YOU NAILED IT>

      Barr is all about Brentwood and that is very small minded and short sighted. Brentwood is alienating it self faster than you can say Red headed step child.

      Diane Burgis on the other hand is a great listener and approaches things from a east county position. Not just one city. If people from Antioch to Discovery Bay want someone that represents them who is not a shill for development and the city of Brentwood they will vote for Diane.

      Word is spreading like wildfire. If you want the wrong guy, vote barr.

      Ohhhh and all those signs are ridiculous. Barr has nothing to say but vote for me. I’m not qualified but I can post my signs all over brentwood. What a rook.

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