Steve Barr

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With absentee ballots being mailed out next week, Brentwood City Councilmember Steve Barr is running a strong campaign for county supervisor, displaying his commitment to using tax dollars responsibly.

Barr, who led with votes in the primary election, is currently in a runoff that will be decided Nov. 8. As a Brentwood city councilman, he has made both fiscal responsibility and public safety top priorities.

“I decided to run for supervisor, because there is a lot of important work that needs to be done regionally, such as providing regional public safety resources, making sure East County gets its fair share of transportation funding and helping our agricultural community,” said Barr. “We need to do this in a fiscally responsible way, making sure we have money saved for when there’s the next recession or downturn.”

Barr has many accomplishments as both a city councilmember and former school board trustee. From building the new Brentwood dispatch center that will improve public safety regionally, to helping manage a roads and paving program that was voted by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission as the best in the Bay Area, Barr has found ways to provide great service while cutting excess, pushing community priorities and saving money. This was a big part of why Barr earned the endorsement of the East Bay Times (formerly the Contra Costa Times).

Barr’s directness and honesty have helped him accomplish a lot, also earning him the support of many individuals and leaders throughout the district. The Brentwood Police Officers’ Association, the County Prosecutors’ Association and many other community leaders, organizations and elected officials from across the district have all joined up to support Barr, because they know he is someone they can always work with, even when they disagree.

“Steve’s openness, willingness to listen and ability to be upfront and honest in his responses are refreshing,” said community leader Iris Archuleta. “He doesn’t pretend to know everything, but is clearly caring enough to learn.”

Assemblymember Jim Frazier agreed.

“Steve is a true leader who doesn’t crave the spotlight, but shows up for the tough assignments, is very direct and honest and uses his financial skills to make sure our tax dollars are spent wisely,” he said. “He is the leader I trust and know everyone can work with.”

The Contra Costa 3rd Supervisorial District includes part of Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley, Discovery Bay, Byron, Knightsen, Bethel Island, Diablo, Blackhawk and Tassajara. For more information, visit

Press release from Steve Barr for Supervisor Campaign.