Seidner campaign kick-off Wednesday
Seidner says the 1st District is faced with many problems.
”We have lost jobs that support our working families, and our education system has been hit again and again by budget cuts,” she said in a statement. “Now we find that one of our greatest job creators, College of the Redwoods, is under threat of losing its accreditation. Making sure that CR remains accredited is one of my top priorities, as it is key to training people for new and better jobs.”
Seidner was raised on the old Table Bluff Reservation, where her family has lived for generations. She led the successful effort to return the sacred lands of Indian Island to the Wiyot Tribe. Seidner served as tribal chairwoman for 12 years, from 1995 to 2008, and is currently a cultural liaison to the tribe. She also serves on the Human Rights Commission and the Redwood Community Action Agency’s board.
During her kick-off event, Seidner will discuss her plan to return respect and balance to the political process while always putting people first.
”I have seen the changes in our district throughout my lifetime: small businesses have disappeared, elders are left without services, education is more expensive, fishing and logging have shrunken, and the abuse of the Eel River has been detrimental to its health and prosperity,” she said in the statement. “I believe there are ways to make things better, and I am prepared to meet these challenges with your help.”
Seidner recently retired from Humboldt State University, where she worked in the Educational Opportunity Program. The university awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2008, which gave her the title of doctor of humane letters.