March 7, 2012
Twenty years after his third term on the County Board of Supervisors, Marc Del Piero is entering the District 5 race against incumbent Dave Potter and Pacific Grove Mayor Carmelita Garcia. He plans to file papers with the County Elections Department by Friday, the last day of the filing period for the June 5 election.
“I’m running because there are serious problems in Monterey County," Del Piero says. "There are serious problems in dealing with the needs of the public, with secrecy, backroom decision-making and a lack of transparency.
"It’s clear from the multimillion dollar lawsuits that are regularly filed against and lost by the county that the decision making processes that have been followed for the last several years are dysfunctional."
Del Piero, a federal bankruptcy trustee, represented North County on the Board for three terms beginning in 1980, after serving on the Planning Commission. Now a Pebble Beach resident, he's running for a district that includes the Highway 68 corridor, Monterey and Pacific Grove, and extends south to Big Sur.
Del Piero was twice appointed by Republican Governor to the State Water Resources Control Board.
"I think I’ve got the skills to be able to resolve the water problems that have faced the Monterey Peninsula for 20 years and remain unresolved by people who have held elected office for a long time," he says.
In addition to water, he cites land use and hospital consolidation of Salinas Valley Memorial and Natividad as key issues. "One thing I’ve learned as a bankruptcy trustee," he adds, "is there are a lot of needs for our constituents. The county needs to focus on taking care of our own."
Del Piero's entering the race well into campaign season, after his opponents have been fundraising and collecting endorsements. "I’m going to run the very best campaign I can," he says. "I’m really intent on providing voters with a choice."