FOR THE QC
Over the past year, the political climate in the United States has become more divisive and hostile no matter which end of the spectrum you fall onto.
At times, it can feel like the issues are too big, and people are too small to make a difference. The remedy to this feeling of being overwhelmed is not apathy, it is empathy. The answer to feeling powerless is not to opt-out of the system, but to participate in changing the system. The time for action is not in 2020, it is not in November of 2018. The time is now.
The city of Whittier is about to have City Council elections for the first time in two of its most high density areas. District 2 and District 4. Although the College falls into District 2, much of the surrounding community is in District 4.
I work for Lizette Escobedo, candidate for District 4. Escobedo hired me, a young woman, to run her field program because she wanted to be intentional about building the next generation of leaders. Our campaign is powered and empowered by women. In a time when there is so much political rhetoric about making change tossed around so lightly, Escobedo does not just talk the talk, she walks the walk. I have worked on a lot of political campaigns, and I cannot stress how rare this is. Lizette’s win would be historic — she would be the first millenial and the first Latina on city council.
Of your elected officials, city council representatives have the most direct and visible impact on your daily life. They vote on things like putting in speed bumps, whether or not to build more motels, even whether or not to hire more police officers.
District elections happen on even numbered years, but most of our city council have been in office for over a decade, some longer. In that time, the demographics in Whittier have changed quite a bit. The Latino population makes up about 70 percent of Whittier, up 13.8 percent from 2000. Our city is getting younger, more diverse, and more community oriented, but our municipal government has largely stayed the same. Whittier, it is time.
It is time for new leadership and fresh ideas. It is time for elected officials that listen to us, learn from us, lead with us. When we started, we were a team of three working out of Lizette’s living room. Since then, our campaign has seen and done some amazing things. We have knocked on over four thousand doors and spoken to countless voters. We have said it’s time and the community has agreed.
On April 10, Whittier will have the opportunity to elect someone who truly cares about good governance. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find more information about Lizette, go to lizetteforwhittier.org.