For years my political passion has found expression whether in my writing here at Politichicks, earlier when the late Andrew Breitbart asked me to contribute to his site, or in speaking, going back to 2009 for those who may remember me as the caller “Susan in Glendale” to the Rush Limbaugh radio program. I have passionately illustrated media bias, championed individual rights and freedoms threatened by government abuse, advocated smaller and more efficient government subservient to the will of The People and not vice versa, and demanded fiscal responsibility in government programs, taxation and spending.
Now I’m running for office, in an uphill challenge to long term incumbents for two open seats on the Board of Trustees of my local community college. This decision came naturally for me, as I have five children in the nearby public schools and some of them will likely be attending the college. The college has long enjoyed a solid reputation, but in recent years has suffered a financial crisis and drop in student enrollment, as well as seemingly rising complaints over issues ranging from getting adequate counseling and career guidance to having a clearly navigable school website. These problems cause me concern not just for my children’s future specifically, but because of my belief generally that the community college system should and will play an increasingly important role in higher education and serving the many students who cannot afford today’s escalating college costs.
Obviously, and in contrast to running as a candidate, in my writing pursuits I have avoided sharing my private life, writing under my maiden name to balance my family’s privacy and public and professional pursuits. I have spent my working career as an actor, attorney, small businesswoman and mother raising a family. However, that now segues into a desire to run for an office that, while very “local” in a political sense, is nonetheless a matter of passion and importance to me.