The Concord City Council campaign by (my next door neighbor) Harmesh Kumar is gathering steam as endorsements from Democrat leaders adds recognition to his steady campaign. Kumnar stresses quality of life issues in comparison to expensive attempts to reduce critical issues Concord faces to simply “public safety,” code words this year for Concord Police union backing for incumbent Dan Helix, and newcomer and Tim McGallian.
A new mailer from Kumar now touts endorsements from the Contra Costa County Democratic Central Committee, State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Congressman John Garamendi, Assemblymembers Fiona Ma (AD-12 and Speaker Pro Tempore of the Assembly), and Jerry Hill (AD-19).
Kumar currently serves on the Measure Q Oversite Committee required by the passage of Concord’s sales tax increase in 2010, and was a Chairperson and an appointed member of the the City’s former Human Relations Commission. Harmesh who is a leading brain trauma specialists is a small business owner treating and providing rehab services to clients, and has created 20 full time jobs and 30+ “yearly training jobs” in Concord. He also provided leadership for the Annual Spring Festival held at Todos Santos Plaza.
His campaign slogan, “Vote for a Better Life”, expresses Kumar’s core humanistic beliefs that crime prevention through services and economic opportunities will be more effective than “reactive intervention” by, primarily, law enforcement. Kumar often points to the 62% of the City Budget that goes to the Police Department, and wonders if some of that money can be better spent on innovative programs if Concord would spend community needs instead of bowing to special interests.