Mike grew up right here in Contra Costa County. He was raised in Antioch, attended Antioch High School, and learned early on the value of giving back to his community from his parents.
Mike’s mom, Fran, worked for the Antioch Police Department as a clerical supervisor, dispatcher, and the Police Chief’s administrative assistant, and was the first woman in the city to pass the reserve officer test. As a child, Mike was surrounded by family who were union members. Mike’s dad was a Teamsters warehouse worker and his grandfather and uncles were IBEW electricians. As a teenager, Mike got his first union job as a courtesy clerk at Raley’s in Pittsburg and joined the Retail Clerks (now United Food and Commercial Workers) at just 16 years old.
Following in his mother’s footsteps, Mike put himself through the Reserve Academy while still in high school, took the test to become a Pittsburg police officer, and earned the top score. He was hired by the Pittsburg Police Department as a reserve officer before graduating from the Police Academy and joining the force as a full-time officer where he kept families safe and fought crime for over two decades.
While serving on the force, Mike worked his way up the ranks from cadet all the way to lieutenant. He ran a street level narcotic and crime unit that was credited with slashing crime by 23%. He cracked down on sexual assault and crimes against women and children as a detective, and ran the department’s traffic unit where he investigated fatal crashes in order to keep families safe on the roads.
On the K-9 Unit, Mike worked with police dogs to keep our streets safe. After 9/11, Mike was entrusted with leading Pittsburg’s emergency operations center and worked with the FBI to protect every family in our community.
In 1994, Mike risked his life to take down an active shooter at Raley’s, earning him the Bronze Medal of Valor Award for his service. Mike served as a peace officer for 21 years and retired in 2007 as a police lieutenant.
Mike and his wife Kristine started Blue Line Property Group in 2007 where they help local families access affordable housing and work with the VA and HUD to help veterans and those facing homelessness find affordable, safe homes. As a small business owner, Mike knows firsthand what our local businesses face. That’s why, on the City Council, he’s working to strengthen and clean up our commercial districts and make it easier for local businesses to thrive.
In 2020, Mike ran for the Antioch City Council and took down a two-term incumbent with over 53% of the vote. On the Council, he’s been getting results families have come to depend on – like cracking down on dilapidated properties and helping small businesses succeed. Mike takes public safety seriously. As Councilmember, he’s put more police in neighborhoods and stood up against defunding the police, and delivered body cams and more equipment to our police to keep the public safe while holding the police department accountable. He also fought for critical safety improvements, like more speed bumps to reduce speeding and helped deliver over $1 million in structural changes to our roadways to slow traffic, improve intersections, and reduce fatalities.
Mike and Kristine live in Antioch where they’ve raised their three children and are grandparents to five. Mike’s son followed in his footsteps and now walks Mike’s old beat on the Pittsburg Police Department. For over three decades, Mike’s built a record of working to keep us safe, improving our community, and making it a better, stronger place to live and work.
Now, Mike’s running for supervisor because he wants to put his decades of delivering results and curbing crime to work to make Contra Costa County safer, stronger and better than ever. That means taking on the housing and affordability crisis, ensuring streets and neighborhoods are safe, delivering new jobs and thriving small businesses, and boosting county services so all families have access to the resources needed to succeed.