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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

Contra Costa CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 3

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Diane Burgis

East Bay Regional Park District Board Director
9,383 votes (22.96%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety- Crime Prevention, Sheriff Services & Fire Protection
  • Protect the Delta, Open Spaces & Agricultural
  • Grow Our Economy- Improve Roads & Infrastructure, Bring Good Paying Jobs to East County, Bring Training to Youth & Underemployed while ensuring fiscal accountability & transparency.



Profession:Executive Director, Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed & Board Trustee for East Bay Regional Park District
Executive Director, Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed (2007–current)
Director, East Bay Regional Park District — Elected position (2014–current)
ABAG Regional Planning Commission, ABAG Regional Planning Commission — Appointed position (2015–current)
City Council, Oakley City Council — Elected position (2012–2014)
League of Cities East Bay Division, League of Cities East Bay Division — Appointed position (2013–2014)
Delta Protection Commission, Delta Protection Commission — Appointed position (2013–2014)


Diane Burgis has lived in Contra Costa most of her life.  She is the Executive Director of Friends of Marsh Creek, a non-profit that promotes the preservation and protection of Marsh Creek through community service events, outreach, habitat restoration, and water quality monitoring.

Diane previously served on the Oakley City Council and now serves as Ward 7 Director of East Bay Regional Park District

Diane serves on the Regional Planning Committee for the Association of Bay Area Governments.

Diane has over 10 years as a small business owner and understands that small businesses are the economic engine of our communities.

Diane chose to raise her three boys in Oakley because she wanted them to grow up in a safe community that offered good schools in a place they could be proud of.

Diane believes that public safety, transportation, jobs, the Delta, education, access to health services, and a balance of open space and development of housing are priorities for the district.  She will continue to work diligently with all stakeholders to develop and maintain the livable communities that all District III residents count on.

Diane's past experiences include serving on the Delta Protection Commission, Executive Board of the East Bay League of Cities, Transportation Communications and Public Works Policy Committee for the League of California Cities.

Diane has been recognized over the years for serving her community: 2011 Contra Costa County Watershed Champion, 2012 California State Assembly District 15 Woman of the Year, 2015 Youth Champion Award by Earn and Learn in collaboration with the Contra Costa Economic Partnership, Diablo Gateways to Innovation Consortium and the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County, & 2016 Contra Costa Commission for Women Hall of Fame.

Over the years, Diane has been consistent in doing the work as an advocate for the district on multiple levels. Working on important issues such as protecting the Delta issues, ensuring public safety, health services, housing, fire services, and economic develoment is not something new for Diane...she has experience, the relationships, and the ability to continue this work as District III Supervisor.


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Diane Gibson- Gray, Antioch Unified School Trustee
  • Honorable Joan Buchanan
  • Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho

Organizations (1)

  • League of Conservation Voters of the East Bay

Elected Officials (29)

  • Yolanda Pena Mendrek, Board Member at Liberty Union High School District
  • Beverly Lane, East Bay Regional Park (EBRPD) District Director
  • Ayn Weiskamp East Bay Regional Park District Director
  • Loella Haskew, Mayor of Walnut Creek
  • Tom Butt, Mayor of Richmond
  • Kathy Miller, San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors
  • Rob Schroder, Mayor of Martinez
  • Jim Spering, Solano County Board of Supervisors
  • John Gioia, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors
  • Kristina Lawson, Former Walnut Creek Mayor and Councilwoman
  • Debra Vinson, Antioch Unified School District Director
  • Susan Morgan, Ironhouse Sanitary District Director
  • Gabriel Quinto, El Cerrito City Council
  • Janet Abelson, El Cerrito City Council & Former Mayor
  • Ray Valverde, Board Member at Liberty Union High School Board of Trustees
  • Bob Simmons, Walnut Creek City Council and Former Mayor
  • Lara DeLaney, Martinez City Council
  • Chris Steele, Director & Former President of Town of Discovery Bay CSD
  • Ron Leone, Concord Vice Mayor
  • Greg Enholm, Contra Costa College District Director
  • Vanessa Perry, Oakley City Council
  • John Coleman, East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) Director
  • Bette Boatmun, Contra Costa County Water District Director
  • Whitney Dodson, East Bay Regional Park (EBRPD) District Director
  • John Sutter, East Bay Regional Park (EBRPD) District Director
  • Tim Farley, Contra Costa College District Director
  • Doug Siden, East Bay Regional Park (EBRPD) District Director
  • Dennis Waespi, East Bay Regional Park (EBRPD) District Director
  • Pat Anderson, Former Oakley Councilmember

Individuals (31)

  • Lori Cook, Antioch Parks & Recreation Commissioner
  • Kirsten Rigsby, Executive Director Village Community Resource Center
  • Honorable Joan Buchanan
  • Pat Anderson, Former Oakley City Councilmember and First Mayor
  • Jack Roddy, Roddy Ranch & Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer
  • Gene Metz, John Marsh Historical Trust
  • Kate Perry, Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year 2015
  • Steve Verduzco, Our Town Brentwood
  • John Sierra, Teacher, Environmental Advocate, and Northern California Teacher of the Year 2014
  • Dawn Morrow, Graphic Artist & Community Organizer
  • Meghan & David Bell, East County Little League, Community Activist
  • Rick Lemyre, Former Editor of the Brentwood & Oakley Press/ Executive Director John Marsh Historical
  • Kathi Reed, Former President of Brentwood Chamber of Commerce
  • Ron Brown, Former Save Mount Diablo ED
  • Beverly Knight, Antioch Parks & Recreation Commissioner & Empower Antioch
  • Sandra Myers, Brentwood Park and Rec Commissioner
  • Marci Sturgill, Business Owner of Lumpy’s Diner
  • Harry Thurston, Antioch Police Crime Prevention Commission
  • Alex Ghiozzi, Owner of Cruise One & President of John Marsh Historic Trust
  • Valerie Azevedo Castaldi, Teacher & Community Organizer
  • Kimberly Buchholz, Owner Providence Bar & Eatery
  • Kirsten Rigsby, Executive DirectorVillage Community Resource Center
  • Kelly Bennett Mykrantz Owner Horsetown Tack
  • Diane Gibson- Gray, Executive Director for the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch
  • Charleen Earley, Publisher Delta Living Magazine & John Marsh Historic Trust
  • Anastasia Billings, Teacher & Relay for Life Organizer
  • Steve Nosanchuk, Former President of Oakley Chamber of Commerce
  • Imelda Diaz-Rios, Community Organizer
  • Jeff Warrenburg, Antioch Chamber of Commerce and Business Owner
  • Seth Adams, Save Mount Diablo

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration (1)

Do you see the rising cost of living in Contra Costa as a problem, and if so, what solutions do you propose?
Answer from Diane Burgis:





I believe the rising cost of living in Contra Costa County is a problem.  Many of us are recovering from the recent recession, but the cost of living is out-pacing increased earnings.  My solutions include:

Expanding Economic Development including through the revitalization of the Northern Waterfront, investing in infrastructure, and continuing the expansion of our transportation infrastructure while maintaining our roads. East Contra Costa County has so much potential and I intend to be an advocate, ambassador and champion for bringing legitimate good paying jobs that will stimulate and grow East County. These efforts will include engaging various industry leaders, local leaders and identifying the opportunities to bring it all together. Business will not be convinced to come out this way until we make it a little easier to get out here so I will work to make sure transportation improvements and expansion continues and that we work together to bring the infrastructure we need to make us an appealing place to build a business.










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