Vote for three candidates.
Note: Information was either taken from the county elections website or submitted by the candidate.
Candidate Paul Seger is running to stop overdevelopment, protect the Delta and ensure that Oakley becomes a model of civic participation. In 2006, he and his wife started PACE Oakley to promote the family-friendly agricultural community and equestrian activities and events. He also founded Oakley Community Gardens. Furthermore, he organized residents who had their private properties rezoned by the city council without having received notice of their options. In 2009, he organized an Oakley Chamber forum regarding the economic and civic importance of sustaining a strong base of local, independently owned businesses. Seger believes that council incumbents have developed the city irresponsibly, beyond safe infrastructural demands, necessitating passage of an untimely utility-tax increase.
Candidate for Oakley City Council Michael Dupray is running his campaign with a focus on emergency services, smart growth, living wages and promoting schools that provide career pathways. If elected, Dupray would support funding for more fire stations; bringing in industries such as Easy Mile, which would offer living-wage careers; and creating bridges between middle and high schools and colleges, with apprenticeships and programs to cultivate educational pathways. Dupray states the cost of living in California is among the highest in the nation, there’s rampant pay inequality and buying power has been going downhill since the ‘70s. He believes the city must support funding for more fire stations and personnel.
Stephen DeMarco is running for Oakley City Council, noting his experience and qualifications will help Oakley deal with what is the largest boom in its history. With construction underway on more than 5,000 homes to be built over the next 20 years, DeMarco wants to achieve balance and strong community connection by making provisions for quality housing and businesses that offer a variety of opportunities for local employment, shopping, leisure and social facilities. DeMarco pledges to serve the community, using his varied background in accounting, auditing and sales to help the city achieve balance.
Having served on the Oakley City Council for the last 12 years and as mayor for four, Kevin Romick is once again running for Oakley City Council. He served on Oakley’s first Planning Commission, during which time, the commission put more police on the streets, eased traffic with road improvements and built and enhanced parks. If elected, Romick commits to working toward increased public safety and maintaining Oakley’s stature as one of California’s top 50 safest cities as a priority. He also plans to enhance the city services and attract and retain business in order to create employment and economic opportunities for Oakley residents. Romick says the council has begun addressing the needs of seniors and veterans and has enhanced the community with neighborhood-beautification efforts.
U.S. Army veteran and 35-year resident of Oakley, Doug Hardcastle has served on the Ironhouse Sanitary District Board of Directors and the Oakley City Council. He is currently serving as chairman of the Highway 4 Bypass Authority and Transplan, which oversaw the widening of Highway 4, easing traffic congestion and shortening commutes for many. When elected to the council in 2012, Hardcastle took part in forming Oakley’s very own police department, saving the city approximately $800,000 per year, and making it possible to hire more officers. If elected, he pledges fiscal responsibility and will work toward improving Oakley residents’ safety and making it easier for businesses to come to Oakley.
Randi Jill Adler
Randi Jill Adler, grief mentor and candidate for Oakley City Council, supports the addition of a junior college in East Contra Costa County; a prosperous economy based on living wages, educational opportunities, accessible healthcare and a solid foundation of reasonable growth of business; police support and oversight; necessary fire prevention; and a strong drug-prevention system, set in place through education and enhancement of community resources for mental health and rehabilitation. Adler believes that financial stability is the key to instilling hope in young adults facing an ever-changing world and that everyone wins with a strong economy overseen by common-sense regulation.
Community volunteer and candidate for Oakley City Council, Claire Alaura wants Oakley to continue to be ‘a place for families in the heart of the Delta.’ She plans to positively guide growth by utilizing her background in marketing, logistics and fundraising to preserve Oakley’s hometown charm. Alaura wants Oakley to become the best it can be for the future generations, and she believes that starts with taking action now. As a member of the Oakley Police Chief Advisory Committee, chairperson for Gehringer Elementary School’s School Site Council and volunteer for various school events throughout Oakley, Alaura promotes shaping the town in a positive way for her children and yours.
Oakley City Council candidate Dezi Pina is an electrician, works for USS-POSCO Industries and is a member of the local 1440 Steel Workers union. He is also a U.S. Marine veteran, cofounder of two nonprofit animal programs and is a self-proclaimed family man. Pina moved to Oakley with his wife eight years ago to raise their family in a small town, and he pledges to listen to the residents’ concerns with an open mind if elected to council, as he knows his family-based lifestyle and history of giving back to the community is exactly what the City of Oakley needs.