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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of MartinezCandidate for City Council

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Courtney Masella-O'Brien

Small Business Attorney
5,773 votes (22.38%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety. With our new police chief, we have the opportunity to improve neighborhoods by strengthening relationships with residents. I’ll work to re-open Fire Station 12, and for a comprehensive solution to chronic homelessness.
  • Infrastructure. I’ll be a good steward of public funds by demanding transparency and protecting our infrastructure investments. Budgeting for maintenance of the pool, train station, streets and parks prevents costly early replacement.
  • Revitalization and Preservation. We need more local jobs and creative economic development ideas. I’ll lead the effort for a solid master plan for the marina and attracting investments that make downtown a greater destination.



UC Davis School of Law Juris Doctorate, Law (2012)
University of Southern California Bachelor of Arts, History (2001)

Community Activities

Secretary and Board Member, Contra Costa County Bar Association Women's Section (2012–current)
Silent Auction Internet Chair, Morello Park Elementary PTA (2014–current)
Vice President, Martinez Community Swim Team (2015–current)
Committee Member, Martinez Unified School District Local Control and Accountability Plan (2014–2015)


I am the mom of a 4th grader in Martinez schools, a school and community volunteer leader and an attorney who advocates forsmall businesses. I am running for Martinez City Council because I want my daughter to live in a community that offers her opportunities, now and as she grows.

As an attorney and advocate for small businesses, I’ve learned that collaboration yields results. As a volunteer leader in Martinez schools and our community swim team, I’ve worked to improve programs while respecting budget limitations. I’ll take those skills to the City Council as an advocate for residents. I want to be a leader, not a politician, whose focus is openness, integrity, and what's best for all of Martinez's families.

I received my bachelors degree from the University of Southern California (USC) and my Juris Doctor from UC Davis School of Law, where I earned the Public Service certificate. I'll use the critical-thinking, problem solving, and analysis skills I developed while working at the district attorney's and attorney general's offices to solve problems and get things done.

My volunteer and community service work includes serving as the Vice President of the Martinez Community Swim Team (MCST), and the Silent Auction Committee Internet Chair for Morello Park Elementary School PTA. I also served as a Committee Member for the Local Control and Accountability Plan at the Martinez Unified School District and as a volunteer at events for Main Street Martinez.

I am an avid sports fan, especially baseball and football, and collect San Francisco Giants memorabilia. I love to hike, swim and ski. Martinez's beautiful parks, stellar schools, open spaces and community spirit make it stand out as the best place to live in the East Bay. I look forward to working with you to preserve what makes us special while achieving the progress our citizens deserve.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (7)

  • The East Bay Times
  • Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorneys Association
  • United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County
  • Central Labor Council of Contra Costa County AFL-CIO
  • Democratic Party of Contra Costa County
  • Internation Longshore and Warehouse Union
  • Office and Professional Employees International Union

Elected Officials (4)

  • Martinez City Council member Debbie McKillop
  • Contra Costa County Assessor Gus Kramer
  • Vice Mayor Anamarie Avila Farias
  • California Assemblymember Susan Bonilla

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am endorsed by:

United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County

Central Labor Council of Contra Costa County AFL-CIO

Democratic Party of Contra Costa County

Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorneys Assocition

California Assemblymember Susan Bonilla

Contra Costa County Assessor Gus Kramer

Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen

Conta Costa County Supervisor Mary Piepho

Martinez Vice Mayor Anamarie Avila Farias

Martinez Councilmember Debbie McKillop

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