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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

Contra Costa CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 5

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Dan Romero

Mayor City of Hercules
5,217 votes (13.64%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Term Limits for Supervisors
  • Overview of the Concord Naval Weapons housing project and the affects on traffic along Hwy 4 and I-680
  • To make sure the quality of life is the same for residents living in the unincorporated towns in Contra Costa County



Profession:Insurance Agency Principal
Mayor, City of Hercules — Elected position (2011–current)



I moved to West Contra Costa County in 1975 at the age of 20 where I worked and managed a couple of local restaurants. In 1976 I started my insurance career as a door to door life insurance sales person and eventually managed seven agents. I later worked as a union carpenter until 1987 when I began my career as a personal lines insurance agent. Today, I am the owner of my own agency in Pinole were I work side by side with my wife of 32 years, Lori.  We have lived in Hercules since 1989. We have raised our two daughters in Hercules, and now they both live and work in the Bay Area.

As a resident in Hercules I have been known to attend council meetings, HOA meetings and school meetings. I participated in keeping Franklin Canyon closed to development and protected as open space. A local newspaper even once called my the “Gadfly of Hercules” due to my nonstop complaints of mismanagement of the City of Hercules finances preceding the recession in 2010.


 Early 2011, I and other Hercules residents frustrated by the lack of transparency and fiscal management of the City of Hercules, started a recall of three councilmembers. As a result of this effort, the standing mayor resigned and we were successful in the recall of two councilmembers. I was elected to the Hercules City Council with two other new councilmembers for a total of three new reform councilmembers in June 2011. Our new reformed-focused city council then started the process of reconstructing the City of Hercules, starting with hiring a new City Manager and new City Attorney. The new City Manager hired a new Finance Director, Public Works Manager, and City Clerk who would help us drive the City of Hercules in a new direction. Due to the efforts of the Hercules Council and support of our City Workers Hercules now has two months of operational reserves available.


 Today, I am currently serving as the Mayor of Hercules for the second time in five years. I served as the chair of our regional solid waste committee, the West Contra Costa Integrated Waste Management Authority (WCCIWMA), as a member of our wastewater committee and as the alternate to our regional traffic committee. During my time on WCCIWMA, we passed a $120 million post collection contract that residents now receive for recycled waste products, and as part of the wastewater committee, I have participated in the $52 million dollar capital improvement of the Pinole/Hercules Wastewater plant.


I am running for Contra Costa Board of Supervisor District 5 to represent all residents in our district. Currently, District 5 residents who live in cities that are incorporated tend to experience better quality of life than residents who live in the unincorporated county jurisdiction. The Supervisor for District 5 should make sure that all residents have equal quality of life.


My campaign will focus on the following issues the Board of Supervisors should address:


 Limiting the influence of special interest groups and businesses in county governance.


Imposing Term limits for Supervisors.


Review the Concord Naval Housing Plan. ​Ask that the Board of Supervisors participate in the plan to build 12,000 homes for the Concord Naval Housing plan. Make sure that the housing plan requires traffic mitigation to Highway 4 and Interstate 680. Require that the developer pay into a developer fee to pay for future traffic that will affect residents along this highway corridor. Require that the project address the effects of increased future traffic.


Ensuring equal taxation of property across all District 5 communities.​ Certain communities are paying higher property taxes percentage for BART, EBMUD, Eastbay Regional Park, Bay Area Air Quality Management Board, County Library, County Flood Control, the County Water Agency and County Mosquito Abatement. All District 5 communities should pay equal percentages, but in our current system the percentages paid vary by community. In most cases, the communities that are paying more are under privileged communities in our district.


 Review the role of Proposition 172 funds to make sure all public safety agencies share in these funds.


Review County agencies that provide services to Contra Costa Cities.​  Make sure that county agencies are charging a fair amount to provide services.


Increased participation and involvement by community members. ​Increased community participation is important in making the government a more transparent and inclusive and to establish a sunshine process.

 Your vote matters and I would be honored to represent you and other residents in Contra Costa Supervisor District 5.


Please email me and I would be privileged to add your endorsement. Forward my website to your friends and family.


If you believe as I do that there is a need for a change then support Dan Romero with your vote on June 7, 2016.


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