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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.

Paid for by Zac Shess for Pleasant Hill City Council 2022, FPPC ID 1448635
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