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

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Shayna Lathus

Teacher/Businesswoman
18,780 votes (7.2%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Finding new revenues for the city to fund vital services
  • Addressing homelessness, housing affordability, and public safety
  • Protecting open space

Experience

Experience

Profession:Teacher
Teacher, SAUSD (2001–current)

Education

National University M.Ed., Teaching with an Emphasis in Cross-Cultural Language Acquisition Design (2005)
California State University, Long Beach B.A., Child Development and Family Studies (1999)

Community Activities

Volunteer Event Organizer, St. Baldrick's Foundation (2010–current)

Biography

I have a B.A. in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Child Development and Family Studies, and a Master’s in Education. I taught elementary school at several levels (1, 2, 3, and 5) before moving to middle school, where I have taught both 6th and 8th grade students in both math and science.  I have been in my current school for ten years.

I have been an active resident and have raised funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as St. Baldrick’s Foundation which funds childhood cancer research.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (7)

  • Democratic Party of Orange County
  • Indivisible OC 48
  • National Women's Political Caucus
  • Women in Leadership
  • Orange County League of Conservation Voters
  • Orange County Labor Federation
  • Women for American Ethics and Values

Elected Officials (3)

  • President, Ocean View School District Board of Trustees, Jack C. Souders
  • Assemblymember Tony Thurmond
  • California State Controller Betty Yee

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am running because there was not a Councilmember who represented my values. Instead of waiting for someone else to jump in the race, I decided to take the journey myself. I'm running because there are many in Huntington Beach who are not having their voices heard when it comes to city services or the direction of the city, and I want to change that.

As a teacher, I saw the looks on my students' faces after the 2016 election and I knew that something must be done to protect our future. That is why I’m running.

I am at every meeting, event, rally, and information session possible because I am naturally curious and passionate about the issues our city is addressing but also believe their representatives should be present in the community. I have an open-door policy and will meet with voters and stakeholders over coffee, drinks, etc. 

 

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