By Donna Frye
I am writing so you know why I support Lori Saldaña for Congress, and why I believe she deserves your support too.
I first met Lori in 1994. We worked together on a variety of issues, but primarily focused on environmental, quality of life and open government issues. We got a lot done because we identified the problem, did our homework, engaged the public and then provided a workable solution to the problem.
Our work always focused on the belief we had a responsibility to protect and preserve our quality of life and to make things better for the next generation. But we also knew some issues would never get addressed in a meaningful way unless elected officials cared about them as much as we did and were willing to take action.
In the early 2000s we both ran for office and were fortunate enough to be elected to serve the public.
During her six years in the state Assembly, Lori passed landmark legislation and stood up to powerful special interests who threatened the health, prosperity, and safety of her constituents. Lori earned 100% ratings from the Sierra Club, the Congress of California Seniors, Planned Parenthood, and Equality California.
“Our work always focused on the belief we had a responsibility to make things better for the next generation.”
She also rose to the post of Speaker Pro Tempore (the number two post in the Assembly), and used the post to support and pass legislation which benefited all San Diegans.
Today, Lori is running for Congress, and I am endorsing her because I know I can count on her to go to Washington and not forget the people who helped elect her. I do not have to worry she will say one thing to get elected and then forget what she said when she goes to Congress.
Lori stands up for what she believes, even when it is not politically popular. She has strong core beliefs and values, and knows firsthand what it’s like to work on community issues as a grassroots activist. And she has never forgotten that.
Donna Frye served as a member of the San Diego City Council from 2001 to 2009, and was a candidate for mayor of the city of San Diego in 2004.