Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Veterans Organization Endorses Dr. Shirley Weber for Assembly

SAN DIEGO – The membership of the Veterans Democratic Club of San Diego has voted to support Dr. Shirley Weber’s campaign for 79th Assembly District.

Club President, Armando Telles, a retired Marine, noted that Dr. Weber’s depth and breadth of Dr. Weber’s work in the community demonstrates her commitment to working for underserved constituencies, including veterans.

“We need leaders who actually listen to the concerns of veterans and military families,” Telles said. “Shirley Weber has shown that she will not only listen, but that she will be our voice in Sacramento.”

In addition to hosting several major military installations, San Diego is home to the nation’s largest number of veterans returning from active duty in the Middle East - over 28,000 - and one of the nation’s largest concentrations of military families.

Weber, a longtime professor at San Diego State University, said she will work in Sacramento to ensure that educational and employment opportunities are available to returning service members, but doesn’t believe our efforts should stop there.

“Education and jobs are essential,” Weber said. “But homelessness has become a disturbingly common among returning service members.

“Because of combat-related injuries, PTSD and other issues, many of these men and women are struggling just to provide the basics for themselves and their families,” she said. “We have an obligation to provide the support and services they need help to get on their feet, get back into in the workforce and make a successful transition to civilian life.”

Weber came in first place in the six person primary, winning over 30 percent of the overall vote. Over 57 percent of the overall vote went to Democratic candidates with just over 40 percent going to Republicans.

About Dr. Shirley Weber
Born to sharecroppers in Hope, Arkansas, Shirley Weber has lived in California since the age of three. Educated in our state’s public schools, she received her BA, MA and PhD from UCLA by the time she was 26. A respected community advocate known for her work on closing the academic achievement gap for children of color, Dr. Weber is the former President of the San Diego School Board. She currently serves as the mayor’s appointee and Chair of the Citizens’ Equal Opportunity Commission, and is a professor at SDSU. Dr. Weber has lived in the 79th Assembly District for over 
30 years.

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