Supervisor incumbents face new blood

Two of the three San Mateo County supervisors running for re-election Tuesday face challengers who say they want to inject new life into the board.

In District 1, Demitrios Nikas, of San Mateo, is challenging incumbent Mark Church, who has served on the board since 2000. Nikas, 60, admits he has never run for office before and has not done much fundraising for his campaign. But the Greek-born former aircraft mechanic says he will strive for greater fiscal responsibility, enhanced safety on county streets and improved infrastructure.

Church, 56, a former Millbrae mayor, says that if re-elected to a third term, he will continue to redesign the county’s health care system and ease jail overcrowding through expanded treatment and training programs for nonviolent offenders.

Another pressing problem, Church said, is the state’s budget cuts, which threaten to affect services. The Burlingame resident has introduced systemwide performance audits of all county departments to ensure they are operating at maximum efficiency.

In District 4, Ravenswood School Board member John Bostic, 61, is challenging longtime incumbent Rose Jacobs Gibson. Bostic, who like Jacobs Gibson served on the East Palo Alto City Council, says he would focus on improving government efficiency countywide. Bostic said he would also work to bridge the gap between the haves and have-nots by bringing jobs to North Fair Oaks and other low-income areas.

“I don’t feel like I’m the underdog in anything I do,” he said. “I feel like if I get enough people to know me, I’ll do OK in the race.”

Fellow East Palo Alto resident Jacobs Gibson, 61, said she is also looking to revitalize North Fair Oaks and looks forward to developing programs that provide jobs and job training, particularly in the “green collar” environmental arena. The supervisor, who is also the president of the Association of Bay Area Governments, said she is committed to participating in regional collaborations focusing on housing, climate protection and improved transportation.

District 5 Supervisor Adrienne Tissier, 52, is running unopposed. The Daly City resident said solving the county’s structural deficit in the next five years will be her top priority. She said she will also continue her work with the Blue Ribbon Task Force with the goal of providing health coverage for the county’s 60,000 uninsured adults by 2010 and planning for the expected increase in the senior citizen population.

tbarak@sfexaminer.com

Vying for county votes

Three San Mateo County supervisor seats are up for grabs:

District 1

Mark Church (incumbent since 2000)

» Age: 56

» Former offices: Former Millbrae City Council member and mayor

» Residence: Burlingame

» Occupation: Former attorney

Demetrios Nikas

» Age: 60

» Former offices: None

» Residence: San Mateo

» Occupation: Office specialist for Fremont development organization, former aircraft mechanic

District 4 (incumbent since 1999)

Rose Jacobs Gibson

» Age: 61

» Former offices: Former East Palo Alto City Council member, mayor

» Residence: East Palo Alto

» Occupation: Former banking manager, founder of a nonprofit for single mothers

John Bostic

» Age: 61

» Former offices: Currently on Ravenswood School District board, former East Palo Alto City Council member and mayor

» Residence: East Palo Alto (44 years)

» Occupation: Retired financial aid director for Foothill-De Anza Community College District

District 5(incumbent since 2005)

Adrienne Tissier

» Age: 52

» Former offices: Eight years on the Daly City Council

» Residence: Daly City

» Occupation: Former small-business owner for more than 20 years

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