After significant and thoughtful deliberation, I have made
a very difficult personal decision and decided not to pursue re-election in
2016. At this point in my life I am ready to greet new challenges, welcome new
opportunities and spend more time with my family doing things that we
I have served on the Contra Costa County Board of
Supervisors for nearly three terms and these years have been the most
fulfilling of my career. Saving lives and saving taxpayer dollars are the
most rewarding achievements of my career and I have done both.
I am honored to have earned the trust and confidence from
the citizens and business leaders of this County who have supported me to make tough
decisions on their behalf and together build a better Contra Costa County.
When I took office in January, 2005 I had a lot of
optimism, energy and many fresh ideas.
After a lot of hard work and sacrifice, I'm proud to say my personal
goals have been met; transportation, finance, public safety and the environment
(a short list is detailed at the end of this message).
We have a diverse County with a lot of
needs and I've done my best to work collaboratively with my colleagues and
stakeholders to balance those needs. Not
only for District III but for the greater needs of all Contra Costa citizens
A lot has been accomplished in a
relatively short period of time, especially with consideration of the financial
and social impacts from the Great Recession.
My goals could not have been achieved
without my dedicated office staff, our County Administrator David Twa and all
County personnel. Much of what I've
accomplished is directly attributed to these many hands involved in the heavy
My father, the late State Senator John A.
Nejedly, always said to me to make sure you leave the world better than the way
you found it. As I look back on my
service to this County, I believe I've done that. I hope the citizens of Contra Costa will
agree that Contra Costa County is in a much better, more secure place now than
it was 12 years ago.
A County Supervisors' job is one that is
never done. It is never completed. And while I have listed many accomplishments
below, there is always more work to do.
I look forward to a busy and productive 2016 on the Board of Supervisors
and continuing to work hard serving the citizens of this great County, region
For the next year I will work on the 2016
goals outlined below, and more. Stay
tuned and many thanks to everyone who has joined me for this wonderful