Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Weber’s message of economic opportunity and high-quality, affordable education resonates with voters

Lemon Grove, CA – Educator and local jobs advocate Dr. Shirley Weber has won the race for the 79th Assembly district, defeating Republican Mary England with 60.27 percent of the vote. Weber, a professor and department chair at San Diego State University, has a record of creating jobs and serving the community that stretches back over her 30 years as a resident of the district.

“I am honored to have won the support of so many who see that high-wage jobs and better public schools are key to getting our economy back on track,” said Dr. Weber. “I commend Mary England on running a great campaign.

“Tonight, the challenges we face are clear. Our economy isn’t creating enough high-wage jobs – jobs that allow families to purchase a home, send their kids to college and retire with dignity,” Weber said. “In Sacramento, I’m going to focus on doing basic things we know help create good jobs – fundamentals like improving the business climate in our area, expanding access to high-quality public education, and investing in infrastructure projects that put our friends and neighbors back to work.

“It is an honor to have run this race and to have the support of so many people who believe that we have what it takes to get this economy back on track. I look forward to working with everyone - Republicans, Democrats and Independents - to improve our economy and our quality of life.

“Thank you to everyone who stood with me, who stood up for our kids and our jobs and our community. I am profoundly grateful to the voters, and to everyone who volunteered on our campaign and came with us on this journey. I look forward to the road ahead, and to representing everyone in the 79th in Sacramento.”

About Dr. Shirley Weber

Born to sharecroppers in Hope, Arkansas, Shirley Weber has lived in California since the age of 3. 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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