Martinez is a city steeped in history and tradition. As a descendant of the early Martinez families who made their living fishing the Bay and working in the old cannery, I grew up to appreciate and value our town. As a City Councilmember today, I have a fuller understanding of the issues we face and a fresh perspective on what kind of leaders we need to shape the future of our community.
We need leaders that see the potential in our home town, while protecting its charm. Leaders that put the safety of our citizens first and ensure our police and fire stations are adequately staffed and able to serve the public need. Above all, we need leaders that listen to the troubles we face and take up the fight with us. For the past 16 years, that has not been the service we have received from our current Supervisor Federal Glover. No more hiding behind a closed door and buddying up to special interests. The time has come to take meaningful action; we need a strong fighter representing our interests.
That is why I am happy to support AnaMarie Avila Farias for Supervisor. She has a parallel background to mine, a third generation Martinez resident, and a dedicated public servant who has proudly served her community since she was 16 years old.
Her passion and dedication to Martinez as our Vice Mayor is apparent every day. I watched her fight for a stronger police force to keep our city safe, she protects our open space, and keeps an eye on our budget to ensure we continue to build our reserves.
That’s why she is also supported by: the Martinez Police Officers Association, Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County and the Central Labor Council of Contra Costa County.
AnaMarie will bring a new independent voice to the Board of Supervisors; she has courage and is willing to stand up to the political machine, end cronyism and restore the people’s confidence in county government. It is disappointing that my fellow colleagues cannot see these potential future successes, and instead support the status quo. Endorsing the incumbent demonstrates they are members of an entrenched political machine with stale ideas which prevent Martinez from progressing. It is a disservice to support a supervisor who is out-of-touch and disengaged with the issues of our Martinez community. Doing so only reflects poorly on the condition of the civic health of our city and highlights the lack of quality leadership at the Board of Supervisors. AnaMarie has the drive and determination to break the mold and bring about positive change.
It is time for a change at both the local and county level. On Nov. 8, or by mail ballot, please consider voting for AnaMarie Avila Farias for Supervisor, Courtney Masella-O’Brien and John Stevens for City Council. They are ready to shake things up, take action, and get the job done for us.
Debbie Billecci McKillop
Martinez City Councilmember