Beverly Lane, an 11-year veteran on the board of the East Bay Regional Parks District, says she is seriously looking at running for the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors in 2008.
As a Danville resident, Lane would run in District 3 against incumbent Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho. Assemblyman Guy Houston, R-San Ramon, has also said he will run for this seat next year.
“I am very concerned about the decision the supervisors made in July (to study an expansion of) the Urban Limit Line,” said Lane. “The voters had just established the line the previous November and I think the public deserves to have a supervisor who is up front with the people.”
Lane refers to a 4-1 board vote in favor a developer-funded general plan amendment study of a proposed 193-house development outside the county’s urban growth boundary in the Tassajara Valley called “New Farm.” In addition to the housing, the project also includes vineyards, orchards and other irrigated crops.
The study does not guarantee approval of the project but critics say the county should not analyze development proposals outside the boundary except during the five-year review period established as part of the line that voters adopted in November.
But Lane, who served more than a decade on the Danville Town Council prior to her election to the park board, says she is nowhere close to making a decision to run yet.
“I am very interested in the park district and its issues, so it would take a bit for me to consider moving,” said Lane, who will not be up for re-election in the district until 2010. “I’m still talking to people.”
Lane’s entry into the race would fulfill what some Republicans fear might happen: While Piepho and Houston split GOP vote in June, a Democrat like Lane slips into the November run-off.
Technically, the Board of Supervisors are nonpartisan officials, which means that unless one candidate receives more than 50 percent of the votes in June 2008, the top two voter-getters will have a run-off in November.
But this is the only Contra Costa supervisoral district with a Republican registration majority — 7 percentage points — and the GOP doesn’t want to lose the seat to a Democrat.