Electing Progressive Democratic Women
to City Councils and School Boards
Expect Us! Celebrating the Power of Women
What’s on the November 8th ballot?
Women’s autonomy & very existence is on the ballot. Civil Rights/Equality is on the ballot. Our children’s education & future --- on the ballot. Holding elected officials accountable is on the ballot. The preservation of our democracy/democratic institutions is on the ballot. Expect Us. It’s a promise. We WILL be there.
Please join Welead OC and Special Guests, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (AD65) and DPOC Chair, Ada Briceno, celebrating the Power of Women and Welead OC Candidates.
We are a matter of weeks away from the November 8th election. Help Welead OC and its candidates celebrating the Power of Women as we march towards one of the most important elections in our lifetime.
Welead OC recruits and develops leadership skills of Progressive Women Democrats to run for city councils and school boards, with a focus on Women of Color and women living in under-represented communities.
Our Mission is not only to develop a strong qualified coalition of women candidates & activists, but to create a safe and supportive community for women, working together to ensure the election of more Progressive Women Democrats.
Welead OC is for Progressive Women Democrats, by Progressive Women Democrats.
C. Michelle Juarez Bernier
La Habra City Council
First-time candidate, Michelle, is a life-long resident of La Habra where over the more than 20 years of activism, has developed deep connections within her community. She has a proven track record advocating on behalf of the unhoused, as a volunteer & as a Commissioner for the La Habra Planning Commission. In addition, Michelle serves as a board member on a number of boards and non-profit organizations.
As a La Habra City Councilmember, Michelle wants to encourage responsible community growth, expand open spaces, bring more awareness to disabled families & help the community grow through homeownership especially for first-time homebuyers, veterans & seniors.
AUHSD Area 1
Jessica is a first-time candidate & a lifelong resident of Anaheim. She is a product of the very school district she wants to represent. She understands first-hand, how AUHSD can work with parents, teachers & the community to achieve success for all students.
Jessica attributes her educational & professional career to the programs she was involved early on in AUHSD. The support & guidance she received from her teachers & advisors at Sycamore Junior High & Anaheim High School helped Jessica realize her passion for work in education & mentoring students.
Cypress City Council
As a daughter of Korean immigrants & a Vietnam War Veteran, Helen, a first-time candidate, values hard work & personal responsibility. She graduated from UCLA & was entrusted as an administrator, overseeing multi-million-dollar investments under management.
Helen Le came to Cypress as a young parent because her community offers quality schools & economic opportunities needed to succeed.
She currently serves as President of the Shady Glen Homeowners Association Board, where she advocates to ensure the voices of all residents are heard.
Welead OC Candidates
Huntington Beach City Council
Welead OC doesn't always include men in its Development Series, but when it does, it includes Oscar Rodriguez.
Oscar is the activists' Activist, who has been sleiging dragons since 2015 when his advocacy first began. He is a Co-Founder of Oak View ComUNIDAD, a local grassroots group whose focus is to directly address the needs of all community members in Huntington Beach.
Oscar & his family have deep roots in the Oak View Community of Hungtington Beach. He is the first in his family to graduate from high school & to earn a college degree from Cal State Long Beach where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Administration.
Currently he is an Asset Manager for Orange County Community Housing Corporation, a low-income housing non-profit overseeing hundreds of units throughout Orange County. He also serves on the Huntington Beach Planning Commission & recently joined the South Coast Air Quality Management District Environmental Justice Advisory Council which advises the district on environmental justice issues in the local community.
Dr. Karen Williams Weaver
Mayor, Flint, MI
Dr. Karen Weaver was first elected Mayor of Flint, MI in 2015 and served until 2019. A clinical psychologist and small business owner by trade, she was the city's first female mayor rising to national prominence in the aftermath of the Flint water crisis. She is running to recapture the seat she narrowly lost.
In early 2016 Dr. Weaver testified before the U.S. House Democratic Steering & Policy Committee, to address the gravity of her city's water crisis. As mayor she advocated for the speedy replacement of Flint's lead pipes as well as continued funding for programs & assistance to benefit city residents affected by the crisis. Despite her efforts during her tenure, four years later & under the current administration, the water crisis continues & crime is on the rise.
Born & raised in the city she loves, Dr. Weaver is building her campaign from the bottom up, taking her "Stand With Me" message to the streets, knocking and listening.
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The 2020 election cycle was Welead OC's most successful yet. 75% of our candidates became city council and school board members -- 58% are People of Color.
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