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The following article was posted on April 9th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 5 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 5

Women in politics

BY ANDREA KANG

On April 11, men and women across Santa Barbara County will have the opportunity to honor female politicians in the area. The Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee (SBWPC) will host a special event featuring the mayors of Santa Maria and Guadalupe at Café Noir on 1555 S. Broadway from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The reception aims to raise community awareness about the roles women have in elected and appointed office, and on commissions and committees throughout the county. It will also recognize the first female mayors in two of the county’s cities.

“Having the first female mayors in Santa Maria and Guadalupe—that’s certainly a landmark,” SBWPC president Jane Gray said, “and we were planning on doing a more North County event. This gave us the perfect reason.”

The speakers, which include mayors Alice Patino of Santa Maria and Frances Romero of Guadalupe, City Council member Terri Zuniga, and Agricultural Advisory Committee appointee Sharyne Marritt will share their experiences and give advice on how to get better involved in the community.

“I think we’ve had a lot of success here in Santa Barbara County,” Gray said regarding the number of women involved in government. “But we can always have more.”

Women are underrepresented in the government, she explained, making up 52 percent of the general population and only 18.1 percent of nationally elected officials. Through the event, the SBWPC hopes to get the message out that more women are needed in leadership positions.

Food and beverage will be provided; donations will be accepted.

To RSVP, visit sbwpc.org/politics-park.

For more information, call 564-6876.

Intern Andrea Kang compiled this week’s Community Corner. Send comments or ideas to the Sun via e-mail at intern@santamariasun.com.