Masella-O’Brien officially files as City Council candidate

Martinez City Council candidate Courtney Masella-O’Brien. (COURTESY / On File)
Martinez City Council candidate Courtney Masella-O’Brien. (COURTESY / On File)
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a release sent by Courtney Masella-O’Brien.

Today (Aug. 16) at Martinez City Hall, local small business attorney and community activist Courtney Masella-O’Brien officially filed her paperwork to be a candidate for Martinez City Council in the November election.

Masella-O’Brien says she is running for city council to provide opportunity to families like her own and to focus on transparency, integrity and problem solving.

Masella-O’Brien is a community volunteer leader and attorney who focuses on advocating for small businesses. She is active with a number of community organizations, including several youth sports and education groups, the Contra Costa County Bar Association Women’s Section, Main Street Martinez and served as a Committee Member for the Local Control and Accountability Plan at the Martinez Unified School District.

“I am excited to officially be a candidate for Martinez City Council,” said Masella-O’Brien. “As the mother of a young daughter, community volunteer and advocate for small businesses, I understand the issues important to the people of Martinez, like public safety and our local economy. I bring a fresh, new voice to our city council and will work to bring people together to find solutions and advocate for our entire city.”

Masella-O’Brien also announced the support of several key community leaders, including Contra Costa County Supervisors Candace Anderson and Mary Piepho, County Assessor Gus Kramer, Martinez Vice Mayor Anamarie Avila Farias and City Councilmember Debbie McKillop.

A graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) and UC Davis School of Law, Masella-O’Brien formerly worked for the California Attorney General’s office and the Solano County District Attorney. She lives in Martinez with her 9-year-old daughter, who attends Morello Park Elementary School.

For more information about Masella-O’Brien and a full list of her endorsements, visit

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  1. no one has ever heard of this person. Community leader? Not.

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