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About Welead OC

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Welead OC recruits and trains Progressive Democratic women to run for city councils and school boards, with a focus on Women of Color and women living in under-represented communities.

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Welead OC Team

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Women! Progressive Women Democrats! Our County is evolving, slowly, from a citadel of conservativism to a community of diversity and inclusivity --- the change is gradual but deliberate.

Choose and commit to be the change in 2022. Get Trained!

Welead OC Candidate Development beginning June 3, 2021


This changed my life. It prepared me and taught me  how to make effective change while working on a campaign.

The role playing, story telling and group exercises were the most helpful.

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The program is STELLAR and I learned everything I needed to know to run my campaign.

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The 2020 election cycle proved to be Welead OC's most successful yet. 75% of our candidates became city council and school board members -- 58% are People of Color.

Welead OC trains candidates, activists and women seeking positions on campaigns. Come and join the Welead OC Sisterhood!


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Welead OC Alums

Candidates. Activists. Campaign Proffessionals

Meet Welead OC's Alum --- accomplished, empowered and emboldened leaders.

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Congratulations Welead OC 2020 Candidates!

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Danett Abbott


Orange City Council

District 3

Danett is a first-time candidate and the first candidate to run in the city of Orange's District-Held elections.

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Pamela Braunstein




Unified School District 

District 3

Pamela, a first-time candidate, beat the incumbent by 12.5%.

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Dr. Vicki Calhoun



Fullerton Joint Union

High School District

Dr. Vicki is serving as the first-ever African American in Fullerton city government.

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Rose Espinoza



La Habra

City Council

Mayor Espinoza has been elected to serve her fifth term as a member of the La Habra City Council & her fifth term as Mayor. 

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Pauline Hale


Mission Viejo City Council

Pauline, LGBTQ, and first-time candidate, ran with 8 other candidates. She came in fourth for two seats against candidates with higher name ID.

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Richard Hurt
Aliso Viejo
City Council

Richard is serving as the first African American elected official in the city of Aliso Viejo.  A first-time candidate, Richard was one of eight candidates to fill three seats.

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Jessie Lopez
Santa Ana
City Council

Jessie is a first-time candidate. She was one of five candidates for one seat and was the highest vote getter with 34% of the vote.

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Ana Page
Trustee, Area 3
Orange Unified School District

Ana is a first-time candidate. She won with 58% of the vote.

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Jeanine Robbins
City Councl, District  4

Jeanine is a longtime Anaheim Activist. She is a first-time candidate and while not successful this time around, Jeanine will continue her phenomenal community work.

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Oscar Rodriguez
Huntington Beach
City Council

Oscar is a first-time candidate and was one of fifteen candidates vying for three seats. Oscar came in fifth ahead of former councilmembers and an Assemblymember.


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Help Welead OC recruit, train and elect more women to city councils and school boards in Orange County in 2022!