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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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Kern CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 2

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Whitney Weddell

Teacher
12,822 votes (29.96%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Create economic opportunities in new industries throughout the county, such as commercial cannabis and tourism.
  • Foster new jobs within these new industries, ensuring living wage opportunities for county residents.
  • Ensure all areas have equal access to quality county services such as public safety, libraries, parks and roads.

Experience

Experience

Profession:High School Teacher
Teacher, Kern High School District: Nueva High School (2002–current)
Teacher, Bakersfield City School District at Washington Middle School (1990–2002)

Education

California State University, Bakersfield Teaching Credential, Education (1989)
California State University, Bakersfield Bachelor's Degree, History (1988)

Community Activities

Founder & Chair, Bakersfield LGBTQ, a 501c3 organization (2004–2017)

Biography

I have been a Kern County citizen for over fifty years, and I am proud to call it home. My father was the first Public Defender here, and my mother was a renowned local historian, and they both instilled in me a sense of duty to serve the community. I've done that for over 30 years, both as a teacher of middle and high school at-risk students, and as an LGBTQ advocate. I have always championed underdogs, and spoken up for underserved people. I've voluntered for a multitude of causes, including Relay for Life, and homeless service organizations. I have organized events to reduce bullying in schools, and to fight suicide everywhere.  In 2006, I was honored to be named Kern County's Teacher of the Year, and in 2016, to receive the California Teachers Association Award for Human Rights.  

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • SEIU 521
  • Kern Inyo Mono Central Labor Council

Elected Officials (1)

  • Leticia Perez

Individuals (1)

  • Daniel Rodriguez

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

We are all in this together, whether we like it or not, and we should act like it. Political rhetoric only serves to divide us, and when we stop listening, our communities begin to whither. I prefer to approach government as an opportunity to bring disparate voices to the table, to discuss difference rationally, and to arrive at concensus whenever possible, using our shared values as a guide. Listening is a required skill for successful governnance, and we must choose to hear even those with whom we expect to disagree. We have more in common than we realize. We must rise above kneejerk politics if we wish to thrive as a community.  

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