Today, Diane Burgis, a trustee on the East Bay Regional Parks District Board, announced her candidacy for Contra Costa County Supervisor, District III. The move comes after Monday’s decision by Supervisor Mary Piepho who has decided to retire at the end of her term after more than a decade of holding the seat.
“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.”
Today Piepho announced her support of Burgis.
“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.”
Diane Burgis is currently a trustee on 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 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.
Diane spent over 10 years as a small business owner that provided mobile fleet services to businesses. She has been actively involved in raising money and awareness for Tuberous Sclerosis for over 16 years. She previously served as Chairperson for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance of Northern California.
Diane and her three teen-aged sons live in Oakley.
Burgis joins Oakley City Councilman Doug Hardcastle and Odessa Lefrancois as the only three candidates to formally announce running for the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisor, District III seat.