As an almost lifelong citizen of Antioch, I have always been very concerned about issues facing our beautiful city and have long been involved in the community as Antioch Parks & Recreation Commissioner, Antioch Planning Commissioner, Trustee Antioch Unified School District (3 terms), Board member Antioch Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Antioch Rotary Club and more. I love Antioch!
I have decided to seek elected office for Antioch City Council, District 1 because I believe serious action is needed to address Community Safety, Financial Accountability, and Assisting the Homeless in Antioch. It has become clear to me, that the current council majority is not focused on the needs of the majority of District 1.
The primary issues listed below (there are others!) are at the top of the minds of most Antioch citizens today.
- Our police department is critically understaffed and is unable to provide the protection citizens expect. With this problem persisting beyond a reasonable period of time, we deserve answers and solutions.
- Measure W, passed in 2018, voted in to fund police, youth, and senior services, maintain quality of life and financial stability has instead allowed unnecessary spending and creation of new oversight departments, rather than adding employees who provide the much-needed services.
- The first step to helping the homeless is understanding the issue. Homelessness is not just about not having a home; it is also about mental health, addiction, poverty, and domestic violence. We need to partner with agencies that have solutions, not lease a hotel in a residential neighborhood which is more beneficial to a private property owner.
It is time for someone to step up and challenge the council majority and vote in favor of our residents, not just the areas which concern the voting bloc the most.
As you can imagine, running for the city council was not an easy decision. Campaigns are grueling. They require hard work and sacrifice. However, if you agree with me that we need a serious change in Antioch, then I humbly request your support in making that change a reality. I will work hard to bring effective changes to our community, not just District 1, but for all of Antioch.
Together we can win and help make Antioch a better, safer place to live. Vote for Diane Gibson-Gray on November 8th.
“SROs are needed in Antioch Unified School District. Diane Gibson-Gray will work with the district to keep our students safe!“
~ Louie Rocha, Retired Principal Antioch High School
“Something needs to be done to clean up the traffic issues and homeless camps in Antioch. Diane will do it!”
~ Julia Gonsalez, District 1 Resident
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