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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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San Mateo County Democratic PartyCandidate for County Central Committee, Supervisorial District 5

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Judith Christensen

Incumbent
8,503 votes (25.2%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Work to elect Hillary Clinton and save us from the bigoted, sexist, violent world that Donald Trump would bring us.
  • To promote the Democratic Party values of social justice, equal opportunity, healthcare, and a living wage for all.
  • To work to protect the most vulnerable in our society from violence, poverty, homelessness, discrimination, & gentrification.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Democratic Party Activist, Daly City Councilmember, Retired Public School Teacher, Neighborhood Leader
City Councilmember, elected to 2 non consecutive 4 year terms, Daly City Council — Elected position (2004–current)
Member, Treasurer for 4 years, San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee — Elected position (2002–current)
Executive Board Member, California Democratic Party — Appointed position (2004–2008)
Public School Teacher for 30 years, retired, San Francisco State University, Jefferson Union High School District, San Francisco Unified School District,Winters Unified School District, HeadStart (1970–2005)

Education

San Francisco State University and California State Uninveristy, Northridge California Teaching Credentials--High School: Physics, Biology, Literature, Photography, Special Education; Elementary, Education: Elementary, Secondary and Special Education (1989)

Community Activities

President, Original Daly City Protective Association (2004–current)
Treasurer, Boardmember, History Guild of Daly City/Colma (2009–current)
Member, Colma Historical Association (2006–current)
Member, Vice-President, Daly City Democratic Club and later combined club of Pacifica-Daly City Democrats (2000–current)
Representative Member or Alternate Representative Member, COHRA Council of Homeowners and Residents Association (2002–current)

Biography

  • Daly City Councilmember 2014 to current and former Daly City Councilmember 2004 -2008
  • 30+ years as Public School Teacher at elementary, high school and university levels
  • San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee member since 2001
  • President, Original Daly City Protective Association (homeowners & residents group), Peninsula Interfaith Action Local Hero Award winner 
  • Exploratorium Teacher of the Year, California Finalist Presidential Award for Science Teaching, SF Math Teacher of the Year
  • Life long Union member, Former Shop Steward and elected member of the San Francisco Labor Council

 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

 

What kind of a leader is Judith Christensen?

I served on the Daly City Council from 2004 to 2008 and when there were not going to be any women or seniors on the Council, I ran to return to the Council. A few words from when I was recently sworn-in as City Councilmember will give you an idea of the kind of person I am.

“I am not beholding to any big name politicians or corporations or lobby groups for this victory so I come to you completely free of obligation and totally independent and I am proud to be your voice on the Council. I was endorsed by you the voters over the candidate chosen by the Council and police and fire and most politicians in the region.

So love me or hate me, agree with me or disagree with me, here I am again. You know me, I always tell it like it is and tonight will be no different. I will say some things that will make you uncomfortable and not please all of you, but the truth is the truth. And I welcome the opportunity to speak for more than 2 minutes.   . . .

Our campaign focused on sharing a few key issues directly with voters: 

There are some overwhelming challenges to keeping this city afloat in the coming years. It is only by facing the truth about our serious financial troubles, that we will be able to make the painful but responsible decisions that best serve the needs of the entire community. These are not the kind of decisions politicians want to make, especially those with an eye on higher office. I will be seriously focused on finding solutions.

I propose that we have term limits for Councilmembers. The president of the United States only gets 8 years and if it takes longer than 12 years for us on the Council to make the positive changes that we planned then it is time for us to move on and let someone else have a go at it. Besides when people are in office too long, they tend to feel entitled. This may lead to a loss of connection with the people, disrespect for public input and decisions that are not in the best interest of the community.

In closing, we on the Council are all going to have to find a way to put our petty power struggles aside and put the people’s business first. This won’t be easy and it requires the very best from each of us.

I promise you that I will put the good of the community first. I will continue to ask the tough questions that you want answered. I will give this job my full attention and engagement and I will be fearless in my efforts to make positive change and find a solution to our financial troubles.

One of my favorite quotes is by Margaret Mead, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.’ I am inviting you to become that group of thoughtful committed people that can make positive changes right here in Daly City.”

 

 

 

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