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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
Special District

Contra Costa Water DistrictCandidate for Director, Division 4

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Bette Boatmun

Contra Costa Water District Director Division 4
15,478 votes (53.69%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Deliver reliable high quality water, which will be ensured by a third expansion of the Los Vaqueros Reservoir, benefitting CCWD customers and the regional water agencies
  • Provide Water at the lowest prossible price, through excellent fiscal management.
  • Continue educating students, in the district, about water and informing customers about water conservation.



Profession:Director of the Contra Costa Water District Board for District IV
Board Member, ACWA’s JPIA Employee Benefits Committee — Appointed position (2003–current)
Chair, Governing Board of East County Water Management Association — Elected position (1994–current)
Chair, Contra Costa Special Districts’ Association — Elected position (1995–current)
Director, Contra Costa Water District, Division IV — Elected position (1974–current)
Chair, Sanitation and Water Agencies of Contra Costa County — Appointed position (2000–2004)
Executive Director, YWCA of Contra Costa County (1985–1995)
Director, Child Care Center YWCA (1973–1985)
Instructor, Holy Names College (1973–1974)
Consultant, Job Corp (1967–1968)
Teacher, Public Schools in New York and Calirfornia (1960–1964)


Holy Names College Master of Education, Education (1974)
Russell Sage College Bachelor of Science, Education (1959)

Community Activities

Member, Concord American Association of University Women (1966–current)
Member, Sons of Italy (1974–current)
Member, Soroptomist International. (2000–current)
Board Member, Kennedy King Scholarship Foundation (1970–current)


Bette Boatmun was elected to the Contra Costa Water District Board of Directors in 1974, representing Pittsburg, Antioch, and the northeast portion of Concord.

She served as president of the Board of Directors from 1990 to 1992, and vice president from 1981 to 1989.

She is the former executive director of the YWCA of Contra Costa County, and continues to be active in a number of community organizations, including the Concord American Association of University Women, Sons of Italy, and Soroptomist International.

She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Kennedy King Scholarship Foundation. In 2002 and 2003, she was president of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), a statewide organization that represents approximately 90 percent of the water delivered in California, and is past chair of ACWA Region 5. Ms.Boatmun is a member of ACWA’s Past Presidents Council. She also serves on ACWA’s JPIA Employee Benefits Committee.

She currently holds chair positions on the Governing Board of East County Water Management Association and the Contra Costa Special Districts’ Association, and was chair of the Sanitation and Water Agencies of Contra Costa County.

In March 2001, Ms. Boatmun was honored as the California State Assembly’s “Woman of the Year” for the 11th Assembly District. Ms. Boatmun was also selected as Public CEO’s Special Districts Official of the Year in March 2011. In 2013, she received the Hollingsworth Award of Excellence, which recognizes individuals “who exemplify what it means to go above and beyond the call of duty and advocate extensively both for CSDA and special districts.”

Ms. Boatmun has a Bachelor of Science degree from Russell Sage College, Troy, New York, and a Master of Education from Holy Names College, Oakland, California. She was a teacher in public schools in California and New York, a consultant for the Job Corps and an instructor at Holy Names College.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Tim Donahue, President, Sierra Club, Delta Chapter
  • Lisa Borba, Contra Costa Water District
  • Lesa McIntosh, East Bay Municipal Utility District

Elected Officials (1)

  • Congressman Mark DeSaulnier Congressman George Miller, retired Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla Assemblyman Jim Frazier Contr

Individuals (1)

  • Craig Anderson Wendy Anderson Russ Bellecci Ed Caruso Gwen Davi Tim Donahue, President, Sierra Club, Delta Chapter Mary

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

My priorities


Water issues are more important than ever to our lives and economy.  I'm working to ensure that CCWD continues to deliver high quality water at the lowest possible prices to all of its 500,000+ customers.

Continued fiscal responsibility and reasonable
rates for high quality water and service

Providing customers with conservation programs
that work for them

Continued education for students about the
importance of clean safe water

Supports expanding Los Vaqueros to
benefit customers

Strongly opposed to construction of the Governor’s
twin tunnels

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