Why am I running for San Diego City Council? This may sound like a rhetorical question, but it isn’t (at least… not yet!). However, it is a question that I’ve been asked a lot over the past few weeks since I announced my plans. So, I want to share my reasons.
I moved to San Diego when I was in third grade, when my dad was stationed at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado. I’ve lived here since then, graduating from San Diego State and then completing my Master’s at National University while I worked as a teacher in Escondido. I’ve lived throughout the county, but five years ago, when my husband and I looked for a neighborhood where we could raise our three children, we fell in love with Allied Gardens. I love living in San Diego and more importantly, I love my local community.
It’s a great place to live, but I know we can make it better. Whether it’s ensuring that our communities have enough affordable housing, keeping our streets and open spaces safe, or turning the stadium into a campus that’s the jewel of Mission Valley, I want to help make the District a place that we can all be proud to call home.
I am also drawn to serving my community, having done so for my entire adult life. I’ve worked as a teacher, worked with police, community and faith leaders to make inner-city communities safer, and currently help to lead the California chapter of the largest gun violence prevention organization. Service is in my DNA.
I want to use my experience working with diverse local organizations, combined with my commitment to service, and my love of District 7 to improve the lives of everyone in our community. I also want to work with the eight other council members and the mayor to ensure that San Diego overall remains America’s Finest City.
It would be my honor to serve as your council member.