By Tomi Van de Brooke
I was born and raised in Contra Costa County, attended local public schools and, as a teenager, rode horses in our beautiful hills.
I bring both a 30-year career and two terms in public service experience needed to represent you on the Board of Supervisors.
I have worked for Fortune 500 companies (Adia/Adecc0, Shell and Texaco), started and ran my own small business, and was the managing partner of a Walnut Creek communications firm.
I also worked for the California Alliance for Jobs, an organization dedicated to rebuilding California’s aging infrastructure. I also gained great experience serving for three years as chief of staff for the District 3 supervisor in the San Ramon Valley.
I have been on the Contra Costa Community College Governing Board for seven years and currently serve as president of the Board. We oversee the operations of Contra Costa, Diablo Valley and Los Medanos community colleges.
This elected position has given me extensive experience managing complex budgets and a countywide perspective. The board oversees a $160 million annual operating budget and more than $200 million in reserves and other funds.
While on the college governing board, I encouraged a more goal and performance based approach to managing the district and successfully argued for more forthright and realistic budget practices. I will do the same if elected to serve you at the county level.
As an advocate for career technical education on the college board and with more than 15 years serving on economic development boards, I believe our county government can do more to support job creation and help our local economy thrive.
Government operates best when it’s accessible and accountable to taxpayers. As a supervisor, I will advocate for fiscal accountability and a transparent and responsive county government. I will fight against pension abuse and ensure that public safety and infrastructure are funding priorities.
A high quality of life means more than a good job. We also seek a healthy, sustainable environment with clean air, water, open space and trails. I support the voter approved urban limit line and will seek to preserve and invigorate the county’s agriculture core.
I am honored to have received endorsements from:
- Contra Costa Firefighters
- Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific Action Fund
- League of Conservation Voters of the East Bay
- Alameda-Contra Costa Physicians Committee
- United Faculty of Contra Costa Community Colleges
- Contra Costa Building & Construction Trades Council
- Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher (Ret.)
- State Senator Mark DeSaulnier
- Assembly Members Bonilla, Buchanan and Skinner
- Many local mayors, council members, and community leaders (see complete list on www.tomivdb.com)
I am also proud to have the support of business, environmentalists and labor. This broad base of support shows that I can bring together and work with people from varied backgrounds and perspectives. This is what our County needs!
Together with my strong fiscal sense, countywide perspective and as the only pro-choice woman in the race, I hope to be your choice for county supervisor.
I would be honored to receive your vote on June 5th.