To further cement my life as a Californian I've started to research local news and politics and today I came upon an article about Myrtle Cole, one of the candidates running for San Diego District 4 City Council. I'll admit that my interest in city council elections has been piqued due to it's popularization by the indefatigable Leslie Knope, Amy Poehler's character on Parks and Recreation, but I believe that whatever gets you involved in politics isn't as important as actually being involved. And I think Myrtle Cole is someone Leslie Knope would eagerly endorse: she's a woman of color and currently works (even in the midst of campaigning) for the United Domestic Workers (UDW) union, the third labor union in the history of the United States founded by blacks and/or Latinos. The UDW also has strong ties to Cesar Chavez's United Farm Workers union , both of which are major advocates for community organizing and social justice.
Elections are today and if Cole wins a seat on the city council she wants to enhance the lives of Eastern San Diegans, an area she says has "been neglected for far too long", by improving street infrastructure, developing an area where people can hang out with more restaurants and grocery stores - like downtown's popular Gaslamp District - and reinstating the neighborhood watch program to help fight crime. She is also against the construction of a Walmart in district 4, which makes me like her even more. I hope she wins the election and not only because she's qualified for the job but also because putting minorities in positions of power is something that excites me: we live in a colorful country, after all, and I believe this needs to be reflected more often in our political system. In her words: "I'll be the first woman in Council District 4 and the first woman of color on the council floor. This is the century of the woman and I'm so glad to be a woman." Touche, Ms. Cole, Touche.
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