Diane Burgis, executive director of the Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed, pulled papers yesterday to run for Oakley City Council bringing the list of potential candidates to eight.
“I had a lot of friends that encouraged me to get involved when I brought up the idea so I decided to go for it. I saw there was three seats open for council and now is the time to get involved,” stated Burgis.
As executive director for a non-profit, it appears to have given her the experience needed to work for people across the city while understanding how government works. In her job as the executive director, she meets a lot of different people and deals with a lot of different personalities which provides her with experience on how to work with people across the board which will be required for such a position.
She explained that she looks forward to campaigning and really getting to know what people in Oakley think.
“I enjoy talking to different people and I look forward to hearing what people really think should be done in the City and see if I can work for them,” stated Burgis. “I want to be the person that brings what people want done in the city to the council.”
Ms. Burgis also explained with a smile on her face that she was proud that this will be the first election her 18-year old son gets to vote in and he gets to vote for his mom. She laughed as she stated she at least had 1-vote.
L.J. Souza also pulled papers late yesterday.
Here is a complete list of who has pulled papers to potentially run for City Council, only Kevin Romick has submitted his paperwork after pulling:
- Randy Alder
- Pat Anderson (I)
- Diane Burgis
- Doug Hardcastle
- Dave Hansen
- Brad Nix
- Kevin Romick (I)
- L.J. Souza
Potential candidates have until August 10 to pull and submit the required paperwork to become a candidate, although Oakley will be extended because Jim Frazier is running for State Assembly District 11.