Pinole Councilman Roy Swearingen
running for re-election in November 2012
to serve second-consecutive four-year term
Elected during the Pinole Recall in February 2008 to serve the remaining eight months of a term of a recalled councilwoman,
I was re-elected to a four-year term in the November 2008 General Election. Roy’s council assignments.
Along with Mayor Pete Murray, I was enthusiastically endorsed for re-election by the Contra Costa Times on September 18.
The Times called the council’s work “exceptional” and said “the post-recall council deserves credit for keeping
the city afloat, making painful cuts to head off a financial calamity.”
Read the complete endorsement editorial.
I previously served on the Pinole City Council from 1986 to 1990.
Since I was elected in 2008, the council has produced a balanced budget each year — even with the current
economic downturn, loss of sales-tax and property-tax revenues, and the State of California’s dissolution of Redevelopment.
I was elected to make hard choices and decisions, and I have made them. Even with these severe financial impacts over the past four years,
we have kept our Police and Fire departments rather than move to county services, and our Public Works Department is keeping up with citywide maintenance.
We have added several new sales-tax, revenue-enhancing commercial businesses.
I would like to continue to be part of an extremely aggressive and productive council that has been solving many of the current issues facing
I have set realistic and attainable goals for the next four years. Among them is the reopening of Fire Station 74 in Pinole Valley.
Read about my goals for Pinole.
I support Measure M, the renewal of the Pinole Utility Users Tax.
Why Measure M is crucial to our city’s health.
Some information about me:
I am married (to Rose, with Rudy in the photo), have two grown children and three grandchildren. I have operated a construction
business for more than 35 years and have a background in administration and finance. I have been involved in the betterment of Pinole for more than 40 years.
I am a charter member of the Pinole Jaycees, formed in 1964. I was chairman of the Miss Pinole Pageant,
Orange Crate Derby, and Fiesta Del Pinole Parade, co-chairman of the 1976 Pinole Bicentennial Committee,
and participated in the construction of the Spartan sign at Pinole Valley High School.
As president of the Jaycees in 1971-72, I won the first-place award in the organization’s statewide competition
for my accomplishments in Pinole’s population division. I am a recipient of the highest International Jaycee
individual award, that of JCI Senatorship.
I joined Pinole Rotary in 1976 and was president in 1984. Rotary increased its membership to more
than 50 members during my presidency. I am a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
I joined the Pinole Chamber of Commerce in 1993 and was president from 1996-98.
The chamber’s accomplishments during this time include publishing of an updated Pinole
business directory and an updated map of Pinole, and assisting new businesses with a
welcome package that included information about existing Pinole businesses with which
new businesses could network and form partnerships.
I was the Pinole Police Department’s appointed member to the board of the West Contra Costa
Police Activities League (PAL). As president, I initiated the plans and construction of the PAL
all-purpose building on 22nd Street and MacDonald Avenue in Richmond. I was also the PAL golf coach
and worked with the PAL youth to teach them how to play golf.
I was on the U.C. Berkeley Band Alumni Board of Directors and president of the group from 1992-98.
During this time the board reconstructed Tellefson Hall, the band’s on-campus living quarters.
I am a member of the Pinole Historical Society, the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee (WCCTAC),
and the Committee to Keep Pinole Pinole, the Pinole Utility Users Tax Measure M proponent committee.
I served on the Pinole City Council from 1986 through 1990. I served as your Mayor in 1989
and 2011. I also served as chairman of the Contra Costa Mayors’ Conference in 1989-90.
I am semi-retired and do construction-expert forensics work for my own consulting firm. I am
dedicated and committed, and have the time and energy to serve our community.
We have serious issues in Pinole, and we need serious, committed, knowledgeable, and experienced people to solve them.
I need your vote to continue to serve you on the Pinole City Council. Thank you for your support and your vote.