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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of Santa RosaCandidate for Council Member, Council District 4

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Mary Watts

Nonprofit Deputy Director
1,713 votes (15.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • - Focus on rebuilding and strengthening Santa Rosa
  • -Build community wealth by creating quality job opportunities and a more vibrant local economy
  • -Help those experiencing homelessness and struggling to maintain their housing by enhancing services and housing for all

Experience

Experience

Profession:Deputy Director- Community Action Partnership
Deputy Director, Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County (2015–current)
Sonoma County Democratic Party, Alternate for Assembly member Jim Wood — Appointed position (2015–current)
Santa Rosa Board of Public Utilities, Board Member — Appointed position (2015–2018)

Education

Sonoma State University MA in Public Administration, Public Management (2015)
San Francisco State University BA Political Science, California Politics (2010)

Community Activities

Secretary, Burbank Housing Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation (2016–current)
Former President, Wine Country Young Democrats (2015–2017)

Biography

Mary Watts moved to Santa Rosa with her husband Greg, to provide a better quality of life for herself and her future family. To Mary, Santa Rosa was a beacon of opportunity. She saw a place for her family with more affordable housing than the surrounding bay area, great open space, job possibilities and reputable schools. Santa Rosa is a booming small city with great promise. Slowly it feels like that is slipping away. The high cost of living, exacerbated by the horrific wildfires, make it challenging to live here in Santa Rosa.

But Mary has hope and is excited for what Santa Rosa can offer its residents. It just takes hard work and dedication. Mary grew up knowing the value of working hard and helping others as she watched her single mom overcome barriers. She was taught to always value community and give back. She is ready to help Santa Rosa flourish.  

After completing her Master’s in Public Administration from Sonoma State University, she went on to work with Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, and currently serves as the Deputy Director. Every day through her work, Mary gets to empower families and strive to eliminate poverty in the county. She also has had the pleasure of sitting on volunteer boards and commissions:

- Board Member, Santa Rosa Board of Public Utilities

- Secretary, Burbank Housing Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation

-Santa Rosa Community Advisory Board Subcommittee Member

- Former President, Wine Country Young Democrats

-Member, Sonoma County Democratic Party

As a past member of the Santa Rosa Board of Public Utilities, Mary is most proud of her efforts on the Help to Others water bill assistance program. This innovative program helps assist low income water ratepayers with their monthly water bill and provide the customers with financial resources. Mary developed program strategies that assist with the financial costs and make households more water efficient.

Mary recently sat on a subcommittee with the Community Advisory Board to create more community gardens in Santa Rosa, and broke ground on the Apple Valley neighborhood  Community Garden through Burbank Housing. The project brought the community together through healthy eating and active living and gave the residents a stronger voice in their community.

Mary is ready to serve on Santa Rosa City Council and asks for your vote.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (5)

  • Sonoma County Democratic Party
  • Sonoma County Educators Council
  • Sonoma County Conservation Action
  • Teamsters 856
  • Wine Country Young Voters

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Mary feels very lucky to live in District 4 of Santa Rosa. People from all over the world travel to Santa Rosa to eat, hike, bike and experience our vibrant culture. Mary knows firsthand how difficult it is to live here, with the high costs of housing, stagnant wages and the devastating wildfires. Mary and her husband want to raise their family in Santa Rosa and she feels it is time to secure a successful future for all. She is committed to having an open robust dialogue about the issues and is looking forward for Santa Rosa.

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