A Passion for Pleasant Hill
After living here in the 1970s and attending Pleasant Hill Elementary (PHE), I returned to Pleasant Hill in 2003 with my wife Debbie and then two young sons, Cole and Jackson. We’ve loved living here ever since.
As a product of a civic-minded family, my parents didn’t preach about community involvement, they just lead by example. Whether they started a community newspaper or volunteered at numerous organizations, they lovingly showed that leadership and service can have a positive impact on the people in their community.
Shess Family (L to R) Jackson, Debbie, Cole and Zac.
I have served the community for 10 years on the Board of Directors of the Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District (PHR&PD), including three years as Board Chair. I’m proud of the many accomplishments during my tenure, including:
- Maintaining a budget surplus every year on the Board
- Creating a board policy to establish annual budget reserves
- Completing a comprehensive parks and facilities master plan
- Renovating Pleasant Oaks Park and purchasing Oak Park parkland adjacent to new library
- Establishing marketing department to improve district branding including overhauled website
- Championing and adopting a Play for All – Equity and Inclusion Policy
For 10 years, I coached several youth sports teams, including when my boys played in the Pleasant Hill Baseball Association (PHBA). In addition to coaching, I served three years as a PHBA league commissioner, organizing teams and ensuring coaches were properly trained. As a PHE parent, I held volunteer communications and fundraising support positions for the school’s education foundation.
As I've tackled new challenges in Pleasant Hill, I have always been driven by the principle that you leave something better than when you started. That driving principle, coupled with my experience, accomplishments and vision, is why I believe I am the best person to lead Pleasant Hill as your next City Councilmember.