One step forward, and then a few to the side. This isn't as simple as filling out a form and putting a lawn sign in your yard. I don't have a history of attending Board meetings, or a windmill to chase. I'm new to all this. While 'fresh eyes' may be a selling point, the harrowing experience of visiting two election offices (because you need to file in both counties for the District) makes this process time consuming and daunting. Don't laugh - I had to visit each three times: get the papers, submit the papers, double check.
Good news, I think I got it right and I now know where to park!
Bad news, the election is less than ninety days away. I have no plan, no campaign funds, and a healthy dose of humility. This is going to take time and effort, but I don't do things half way.
Gonna make it happen, not for ego, but because it matters. I've spent years serving local causes, most notably on the Board of Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa. People need a reliable source of food, just like they need a reliable source of water. In a few years, our regional allotment of water from the Sacramento river will be reduced, and we need more storage, or collaboration across the zones to ensure supply. The Board will review their strategic plan after the election - I'd like to be a part of the implementation plans to be sure we're prepared. Technically, I understand the environmental science and the tradeoffs around reinjection of waste water into the ground. I think more can be done to manage supply and demand particularly in the summer.