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Furst Ready To Take Fight To Incumbent Supervisor

Corte Madera Vice-Mayor who has tackled ABAG and TAM is now challenging Steve Kinsey for the District 4 seat in the November election.

Diane Furst is being pulled deeper and deeper into the political arena, but she says she's ready to meet any challenges.

"It's interesting. This has always been in the back of my mind," Furst said after announcing her entry in the race for the Marin County Board of Supervisors seat for District 4. "A couple of things happened within the past couple weeks that really brought it to the front. I started getting calls from people begging me to run. A lot of people are dissatisfied with what's going on with the Board of Supervisors. Also, I have been dissatisfied with the way the Board of Supervisors are handling things."

Corte Madera's vice-mayor since just after the November elections, Furst is the lone challenger to incumbent Steve Kinsey, who is seeking a fifth term in office.

"District 4 deserves better leadership and I can provide that leadership," Furst said.

Kinsey has represented District 4 since 1997 after he was elected to succeed the retiring Gary Giacomini.

Furst says she would like to see the Board of Supervisors "take a fresh, new approach" to ensure Marin County has a responsive and transparent government.

Kinsey's homepage on the Board of Supervisors site
says "I've always felt that clear communication is the essential ingredient in strengthening public policy."

Furst has been involved with the Transportation Authority of Marin since joining the Corte Madera Town Council in 2009 and currently serves on the Sustainable Communities Strategy and the Greenbrae Corridor ad-hoc committees.

Furst's campaign platform includes environmental protection, pension reform and a plan to "increase public transit to West Marin and Central Marin. We need better solutions for other transportation issues. … The Greenbrae Corridor improvement project, for example. I'm not pleased with that. … I'm concerned about the impact of the flyover. It's huge."

Furst has developed a reputation among her supporters as a fiery and passionate individual. She counts among her recent accomplishments Corte Madera's divorce with the Association of Bay Area Governments. She now hopes other Marin governments will follow Corte Madera's lead.

"I'm proud to identify and call out the big issues surrounding the One Bay Area Plan," Furst said. "Months ago, I called ABAG and asked to take a look at their numbers. I was told the numbers weren't (available). The Board of Supervisors asked them to explain their numbers as well (just recently)."

Furst is planning a $35-per-head fundraiser on April 15 at her home.

Bob Silvestri March 29, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Thank you, Diane, for entering the race. We need your voice on the Board of Supervisors.
Karen Nygren April 03, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Diane would be a welcome, and much needed change to the Board of Supervisors. 16 years is too long for Kinsey. Marin can't afford another 4 more years of his rule. Currently there are too many critical decisions taking place behind the scenes. Corte Madera, San Quentin, Homestead Valley, areas of Novato, Muir Woods Park and other areas of this district need new representation now! They have not been heard under their current leadership.
Concerned 4th District citizen April 06, 2012 at 04:27 AM
I'm confused by ms. Furst's lack of qualifications and experience therefore why she is running. The 4th district is the largest and most compex district and very complex. Steve has years of experiencee and know his district! I have yet to see any reall comments other than Steve has been in office too long. Steve has done an excellent job. He is accessable, and wnat to see all of Marin succeed. What exactly does Ms. Furst bring to the table?
citizen April 06, 2012 at 04:33 AM
I'm confused by Ms. Furst's lack of qualifications and experience and therefore why she is running. The 4th district is the largest and most compex district in Marin. Supervisor Kinsey has years of experience and know his district and done an excellent job! These innuendos of back room dealing are not facts, but propaganda! Please prove it Ms. Furst. I have yet to see any reall comments other than Steve has been in office too long. Steve has done an excellent job. He is accessable, and wants to see all of Marin succeed. What exactly does Ms. Furst bring to the table? Too long is not long enough when you are doing an excellent job. Ms. Furst- be specicic about your platform and your experience...and have you ever sat through a Board of Supervisors meeeting or read their agendas?
citizen April 06, 2012 at 04:35 AM
I apologize for the multiple postings - it was a function of signing into patch
Victoria Hanson April 16, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Dear anonymous citizen, With respect, you have not given specifics either - to back up your characterization of Mr.Kinsey's 'excellent job'. You must realize that this is a short article covering important local news. As such, it does its job - providing several clear indicators of Ms.Furst's effective work, inspiration, and approach to emerging issues with links to further information. Rather than contributing a civil request, your unneccesarily harsh tone seems designed to squelch healthy consideration of what merits a promising challenger might offer. Why does enthusiasm for this new opportunity disturb you so? Who are you and what interests do you blog for? I find your repetitive item dusturbingly reminiscent of the scorched-earth vitriol recently imported to West Marin by a small-in-number, but immensely wealthy and powerful clique, intent on killing protective oversight of coastal resources. Supervisor Kinsey is their boy. Those are facts for which this space does not permit detailed evidence, yet a clear-eyed review of public records confirms. Whatever Ms.Furst's position, my main reason for welcoming her candidacy is that we deserve open discussion, honest choice, and a democratic means of reining in undue influence.
Nomoreracism May 01, 2012 at 05:41 AM
So let the democratic process begin! But let it be known we need someome whom wants the best for all. We dont need the face to show promise and yet have a hidden, racist "MO". we need a representative that will commit to the well being of all marinites. With all due respect to all opinions... I will say this once as I also entitled to mine...may the best man win! Go Kinsey we have your back!
Derek Wilson May 01, 2012 at 06:40 AM
I'm glad to see both sides are joining the conversation on this, but let's please be respectful of each other and the candidates. That goes for everyone.

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