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Alameda CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 5

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Nick Pilch

City Council Member
19,216 votes (20.29%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Homeless and Housing - The County needs to be more active in working on homeless services with the cities
  • Election reform - lower barriers for candidates, better information and outreach to voters
  • Better visibility and transparency for County Goverment

Experience

Experience

Profession:Manager, Software Engineering
Director, Cloud Operations, Bluescape (2013–current)
Mayor, City of Albany — Elected position (2019–current)
City Council Member, City of Albany — Elected position (2013–current)
Vice-Mayor, City of Albany — Elected position (2017–2018)
Planning and Zoning Commissioner, City of Albany — Appointed position (2011–2013)
Parks and Recreation Commissioner, City of Albany — Appointed position (2005–2011)

Education

Bowdoin College BA, plus post-graduate studies in Architecture and Computer Science, chemistry (1983)

Community Activities

Co-founder, Albany Strollers & Rollers (2004–current)
Founding member and officer, Albany Democratic Club (2017–current)
Committee Member, League of California Cities, Environmental Quality Policy Committee (2015–current)
Executive Committee Member, Bay Chapter, Sierra Club (2010–2016)

Biography

 

Life-long environmentalist and outdoor enthusiast. Sierra Club member and elected member of Bay Chapter Executive Committe previously for 6 years.

 

3 years government service in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa, immediately after college.

 

Resident of the Bay Area most of my adult life.

 

19-year resident of District 5, I have a son who attended Albany public schools, and my wife has long been a public employee in special education.

 

 

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Albany Democratic Club
  • Partial List

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a progressive politician. I believe an elected official should be visible and active in making change happen.

Position Papers

Housing and Homelessness

Summary

Housing and homelessness should be at the top of almost every candidate's list. They are the issues of our times.

 

The County mostly acts as a pass-through and provider of grants to cities for homeless programs. As such, it adds a layer of administration and red tape. Homelessness is a regional problem. This is a piecemeal approach, and the County should be more active in defining the roadmap for tackling it.

 

Oakland has its Tuff Sheds, and Berkeley and others have their navigation centers, but what does the County have? Small cities struggle to provide enough services and shelter, and what’s provided by the cities can vary widely from city to city.

 

Where the County owns land, it can be purposed for the right services for the area where it’s in. Where the County does not own land, it can cooperate with the cities about where to best place services. We can benefit from the economies of scale that the County can provide.

 

I bet that those experiencing homelessness do not care about city boundaries, but only want to have services close by that they can use.

 

 

Election Reform

Summary

Election services should be transparent and easily accessible, both for candidates, and for voters.

 

The County charged $1659 as a filing fee for this race, and $6224 for the privilege of getting my statement on the ballot. Other races are even more expensive. The Superior Court Judges are paying upwards of $30,000! These barriers are too high and mean that, from the starting gate, the race is all about securing money. We all know the dangers and corrupting influence of money in politics. Fees should be lowered, and opportunities for public financing of campaigns should be explored. Do we want only wealthy candidates or those who can find well-heeled donors?

 

Additionally, the County could do a better job of announcing opportunities for candidacy, and explaining all the races on the ballot in a simple and straightforward manner.

 

Voting method advocates tell me that the County cannot provide the data they need to properly determine outcomes in races, such as complete breakdowns of voter preferences.

 

The Registrar of Voters is the same person who runs the IT department! He has two jobs. We can’t have the Registrar distracted by another duty. Voting services is one of the most important duties of a democracy.

 

And I'm still waiting for a return email from Alameda County Candidate Services for an email I sent 2-1/2 weeks ago...

 

This County could lead the way.

 

 

 

 

 

Transparency and Visibiliity

Summary

We should know as much as possible about the workings of our government. Our elected officials should be out in front of all the people they serve - often.

Many people I speak to about this race did not know who their County Supervisor is, nor did they know what the County does for them. This would change, if I were elected. Elected Officials must take every opportunity to engage and communicate with the public.

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