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Angeli won’t seek re-election in Pleasant Hill

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Friday, August 1st, 2008 at 1:55 pm in 2008 November election, Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics, Uncategorized.

Sue Angeli, one of Pleasant Hill’s most outspoken and high-profile City Council members, says nine years is enough. She will not seek re-election in November, opening the door to a newcomer.

“I’ve decided that I want to deal with puppies instead of people,” said Angeli, an avid dog-lover who formed and led a fund-raising committee to help the city buy police dogs. “I’m thinking about doing doggie daycare.”

Don’t show up at her door with your beloved Fido just yet.

Angeli has also postponed her planned retirement from BART, where she is the leader of the professional chapter of SEIU at the transit agency. The bulk of BART’s union contracts expire June 30, 2009, and veteran bargainer Angeli says she will stay around and participate in the next round of talks.

“I was in the rotation next year to be mayor in Pleasant Hill and I couldn’t do both jobs anyway,” Angeli said. “I need to be here for negotiations.”

And no, Angeli says she’s not the slightest bit fearful of falling into the doldrums after she sheds her mantle of power, turns in her key to City Hall and passes into the ranks of political has-beens.

“The $585 the city pays me isn’t nearly enough for the twice-monthly public floggings,” said Angeli, referring to City Council meetings.

Pleasant Hill politics just won’t be the same without Sue Angeli. She’s woman who doesn’t take herself too seriously and could always be counted on to keep her sense of humor.

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  • Darnell Turner

    I have known Sue for many years and she has been a true leader and spokeperson for getting things done. Her leadership and voice in on the PH city council will be missed but not forgotton.

  • Arne Simonsen

    It is a bit of a shock to read that my friend Sue Angeli won’t be running for reelection.

    Sue is one of the brightest councilwomen I have had the pleasure to know and call a real friend.

    What makes Sue great is that she isn’t afraid to speak her mind and step on a few toes; but she always knew what needed to be said.

    I know her job at BART will keep her busy and I love her comment about the “public floggings”. Yep, it is the love of helping your community, not the meager pay.

    Sue, you will be missed but I know the dogs will have more time with you :)