Dear Editors, (shared with local news media editors)
Draft Committees met jointly to consider competitive candidates for supervisor in districts 2, 3 and 5, Contra Costa County, last Friday. Committee leaders posed the critical questions, “What does the voting majority want as individual supervisors and a majority on the CCC-BOS?” and “Why would anyone want to be supervisor?” As news service researchers participated in the discussions, more focus was brought to these discussions related to capable and qualified professionals respectfully declining the opportunity for voting majorities in neighborhoods to elect them as the new majority on the CCC-BOS.
Thus, it becomes a question of WHY are the best among us unwilling to add their name to supervisor contests in districts 3 and 5. Certainly, district 2 voters are offered qualifications, capabilities and experience among the candidates to replace a very capable Gayle Uilkema, but such offering are not emerging in districts 3 and 5. Without competitive contests in all three districts, voters will not be able to shape the future of CCC-BOS by a majority representing our will and interests.
Thus, as news services invite their subscribers in Contra Costa County to comment on “What do you want in a supervisor, and why would anyone want the job?” it becomes a public question for your readers’ consideration. It would be interesting to review how important change may be as a new majority on the board and what new directions readers want in the actions of our supervisors.