I am profoundly aware of how social factors impact one’s health and the health of a community. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on many of the disparities that exist in our society, including access to good healthcare, equal educational opportunities, continuing racial injustices and economic disparities. I am running to continue the fight to truly eliminate these disparities and improve the health of our families, the health of our community, and the health of our democracy.
In 2018, I ran for City Council in La Mesa because we needed a leader who would serve the residents, advocate on their behalf, and bring transparency to City government. I was honored that the residents of La Mesa believed I would be that leader, and together we have worked to make La Mesa a better city for all residents. I am ready to do this with all of the residents of the 79th District.
Dr. Akilah Weber was very fortunate that her parents, Dr. Shirley Weber and the late Hon. Daniel Weber, instilled in her the values of service, community, and advocacy. Growing up in the 79th Assembly District, helped her intimately understand the continuing challenges of people of color and underserved communities in California. Being an African American woman in a non-minority, male dominated field made her an advocate for the elimination of inequities before she ever entered the political arena.
Through Dr. Weber’s leadership, Rady’s Children Hospital became a site where adolescent females could get free, confidential care. In fact, Dr. Weber founded the Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology Division at Rady Children’s Hospital and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of OB/GYN at UCSD.