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Zone 7 Director Olivia Sanwong running for East Bay Parks board

Tri-Valley resident would step down from water board if elected to EBRPD Ward 5 seat in November

Olivia Sanwong, a current director for the Zone 7 Water Agency, announced this week that she will be running for the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors in the Nov. 8 election.

Olivia Sanwong, a current member of the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors, has announced her election bid for East Bay Regional Park District Ward 5. (Contributed photo)

Sanwong, who was just re-elected to a second term on Zone 7 in the June primary, said she would step down from the Tri-Valley water and flood control board if she wins her bid for EBRPD's Ward 5, which represents communities such as Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore, Newark, Sunol and parts of Fremont.

"Should my campaign for the East Bay Regional Park District Ward 5 seat be successful, I will resign from the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors," Sanwong told the Weekly.

A Pleasanton native, Sanwong has past experience with EBRPD as a member of the Park Advisory Committee starting in 2016. She won elected office for the first time in 2018 to the Zone 7 board.

In a press release launching her EBRPD candidacy, Sanwong emphasized her campaign mission to "balance access to recreation activities with environmental stewardship and responsible financial management while also planning for extreme weather events." Another major goal is to support environmental education in the area.

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"I feel incredibly passionate about our work to plan for extreme drought and flood events in the Tri-Valley," Sanwong said. "I also see my Zone 7 knowledge and experience as a unique asset I would bring to the EBRPD Board of Directors. One only needs to look at the water level at Shadow Cliffs to know that EBRPD faces similar climate challenges as Zone 7."

In her campaign for Ward 5, Sanwong has been endorsed by the current EBRPD Ward 5 Director Ayn Wieskamp, who is retiring after her current term following more than 20 years on the regional parks board.

"Olivia is a community leader who cares about EBRPD and has valuable ideas and insights," Wieskamp said in a statement. "I am confident Olivia will use her knowledge and experience to best represent the constituents of Southern and Eastern Alameda County. She is my choice to succeed me on the Board because she is up-to-date on EBRPD issues through her service on the Park Advisory Committee."

Sanwong, a longtime Tri-Valley resident and Amador Valley High School alumnae, has received several other endorsements from public officials, including Dublin Mayor Melissa Hernandez, Pleasanton Mayor Karla Brown, Livermore Vice Mayor Gina Bonnano and Zone 7 Board President Sarah Palmer.

To learn more about Sanwong's candidacy, visit her campaign website at oliviasanwong.com.

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Zone 7 Director Olivia Sanwong running for East Bay Parks board

Tri-Valley resident would step down from water board if elected to EBRPD Ward 5 seat in November

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Aug 10, 2022, 7:30 am

Olivia Sanwong, a current director for the Zone 7 Water Agency, announced this week that she will be running for the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors in the Nov. 8 election.

Sanwong, who was just re-elected to a second term on Zone 7 in the June primary, said she would step down from the Tri-Valley water and flood control board if she wins her bid for EBRPD's Ward 5, which represents communities such as Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore, Newark, Sunol and parts of Fremont.

"Should my campaign for the East Bay Regional Park District Ward 5 seat be successful, I will resign from the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors," Sanwong told the Weekly.

A Pleasanton native, Sanwong has past experience with EBRPD as a member of the Park Advisory Committee starting in 2016. She won elected office for the first time in 2018 to the Zone 7 board.

In a press release launching her EBRPD candidacy, Sanwong emphasized her campaign mission to "balance access to recreation activities with environmental stewardship and responsible financial management while also planning for extreme weather events." Another major goal is to support environmental education in the area.

"I feel incredibly passionate about our work to plan for extreme drought and flood events in the Tri-Valley," Sanwong said. "I also see my Zone 7 knowledge and experience as a unique asset I would bring to the EBRPD Board of Directors. One only needs to look at the water level at Shadow Cliffs to know that EBRPD faces similar climate challenges as Zone 7."

In her campaign for Ward 5, Sanwong has been endorsed by the current EBRPD Ward 5 Director Ayn Wieskamp, who is retiring after her current term following more than 20 years on the regional parks board.

"Olivia is a community leader who cares about EBRPD and has valuable ideas and insights," Wieskamp said in a statement. "I am confident Olivia will use her knowledge and experience to best represent the constituents of Southern and Eastern Alameda County. She is my choice to succeed me on the Board because she is up-to-date on EBRPD issues through her service on the Park Advisory Committee."

Sanwong, a longtime Tri-Valley resident and Amador Valley High School alumnae, has received several other endorsements from public officials, including Dublin Mayor Melissa Hernandez, Pleasanton Mayor Karla Brown, Livermore Vice Mayor Gina Bonnano and Zone 7 Board President Sarah Palmer.

To learn more about Sanwong's candidacy, visit her campaign website at oliviasanwong.com.

Comments

Christina
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another community
on Aug 11, 2022 at 1:54 pm
Christina, another community
Registered user
on Aug 11, 2022 at 1:54 pm

Yes!! I fully support Olivia - she is intelligent, thoughtful, cares deeply for our community, and has common sense. Olivia is able to respect and understand many viewpoints - she is open-minded and fair. So glad she is continuing to support East Bay Parks!


Jocelyn Combs
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Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 12, 2022 at 8:29 am
Jocelyn Combs, Pleasanton Valley
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on Aug 12, 2022 at 8:29 am

Olivia has the passion and knowledge to be a tremendous asset to the East Bay Regional Park District Board. Her years serving on the District’s Park Advisory Committee have kept her abreast of the opportunities and challenges facing the District. Her years serving as a Director on the Zone 7 board give her experience on a Special District Board of Directors and knowledge of water resource issues, critical the the Park District as well. And as a Pleasanton native and park enthusiast, she knows first hand the value of parks and open space to our quality of life. As a former East Bat Regional Park District Director for Ward 5, I wholeheartedly support her candidacy.


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