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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of CarsonCandidate for City Council

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Sharma Henderson

NonProfit Executive/Educator
4,985 votes (10.64%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Safety and policing - particularly in neighborhoods with heightened criminal activity
  • Balancing the city's budget while retaining accessibility to services for low-income families
  • Ensuring that every act of City Council leads to the betterment of the city

Experience

Experience

Profession:Non-Profit Executive / Educator
President/CEO, Community Outreach and Opportunity Programs (2001–current)
President/Owner, Dr. Sharma Henderson Ed.D., Consulting (1998–current)
Commissioner, Carson Community Civic Engagement Board — Appointed position (2015–current)
Secretary, Carson Proposed Charter Committee — Appointed position (2018–2018)
Program Specialist/Academic Advisor (Upward Bound), Los Angeles City College (2000–2003)

Education

Pepperdine University Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Education (2009)
University of Southern California (USC) Master's of Science, Education Administration (2000)
University of Southern California (USC) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology and African American Studies (1998)

Community Activities

Volunteer, Joseph B. Jr. and Mary Anne O’Neal Stroke Center (2009–current)
Volunteer, Carson City Homeless Solutions and Services (2014–current)

Biography

Dr. Sharma Henderson is an educator, non-profit director, and grassroots community leader who is fighting to build a stronger and more prosperous Carson for everyone.  As a first time candidate and long-time community leader, Dr. Sharma will bring new energy and a fresh voice to the Carson City Council. She will stand up to politics as usual and fight to invest in the future of Carson children, families, and seniors.

 

Growing up in a working class household in South LA, Dr. Sharma faced many of the challenges to getting a good education and staying on the right path that so many youth face.  But it was great teachers, mentors, and programs like Upward Bound, that gave Dr. Sharma the skills and support she needed to succeed in life. After graduating high school, Dr. Sharma went on to earn a Master’s degree from USC and a Doctorate in Education from Pepperdine University.  Since then Dr. Sharma has dedicated her life to serving her community and fighting to give kids the same opportunities she had.

 

Dr. Sharma co-founded the Community Outreach and Opportunity Programs (CO-OP) in Westchester where she currently serves as President and CEO.  CO-OP gives kids the same kinds of skills and opportunities that changed her life. Since founding CO-OP in 2001, the organization has supported tens of thousands of at-risk youth and operated federally-funded Upward Bound programs.  In addition to her leadership at CO-OP, Dr. Sharma has spent over nearly two decades working with other non-profit providers to secure over $25 million for a variety of youth and educational programs.

 

An active and dedicated Carson resident, Dr. Sharma serves on various community and nonprofit boards. Most notably, Dr. Sharma serves on the City of Carson’s Stroke Center Volunteer Association where she is Co-Founder/President and as a Commissioner for the City of Carson on the Community Civic Engagement Board.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political philosophy is heavily influenced by my strong belief in the tenants of our democracy, particularly the ideas that:

  • all citizens are equal under the eyes of the law and entitled to equal protection under the law.
  • government officials are elected by the people to express the will of the people.
  • every citizen is entitled to their individual rights protected by the government.
  • the power of the government is endowed by the people and limited by the people.
  • the outcomes of the democratic process are reflective of the will of the majority.
  • government officials are responsible for their actions and accountable to the people.
  • all government activities should be transparent and accessible to citizens.

 

I believe that government should be responsive to and reflective of the people it serves. As such, political leaders should: be accessible, encourage civic engagement, participate in constructive dialogue/discourse with its constituents, and place the benefit of the communities and people they serve as priorities when making policy decisions. All government activity should be conducted above-board and in a transparent manner where constituents are able to easily view and review the decision-making process. Politicians should be held accountable for their behavior, particularly when it is not in alignment with their civic duties and legal obligations.

 

I am a strong proponent of progressive and innovative solutions that are heavily based upon a partnership model - addressing the needs of each sector within a particular community. No one person serves in a bubble, and no city thrives in a vacuum. Partnership is key! My vision for partnership within the City of Carson includes representation from: residents, city employees, contractors, businesses, educational and social institutions, visitors, guests, and neighboring cities – with local government at the helm to coordinate mutually beneficial policies, ordinances, budget decisions, and civic priorities. As partners, and only as partners, can we make our city better.

 

Should I be afforded the opportunity to serve as Carson’s next City Council member, I will endeavor to serve the collective, not just the selective. I will not be guided by groups of influential constituents. Instead, I will work hard to observe and ascertain the needs of our city as a whole. I would seek to bring to council a more balanced view of our residents and the varied needs that shift from neighborhood to neighborhood. I would promote a solutions-based approach that would allow our various “partners in community” to join forces to identify and produce additional resources to improve our city and expand our ability to address issues such as homelessness, human and social services, and blighted properties.

 

We need to envision a local government that we can trust. We need servant leaders with whom we can articulate our concerns in concrete and non-sensational ways; allowing us to actively engage with government and city administrative employees to develop innovative and transparent solutions. A successful government is most efficient with an engaged community; particularly one that is encouraging of all it’s citizens to actively participate in the decision-making process. Together, we can build the kind of local government that is reflective of this vision. By working together, alongside our various community partners, we can have a stronger, more vibrant, economically sound, safe, and thriving city. This is my hope for Carson!

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