Minerd is GOP choice

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. It looks like the Republicans have found their standard bearer in the 30th state Senate District. Selma Minerd, a 42-year resident of Whittier, said Friday that she’s running for the Republican nomination in the 30th state Senate District. Minerd, 81, faces tough odds in this overwhelming Democratic district. But Minerd, who so far is the only announced Republican, said she is looking forward to the campaign. “This is going to be interesting and it will be fun,” she said. “I’m going to enjoy it no matter what. I hope to be able to represent Republicans with honesty, integrity and with our ideas.” Minerd, who ran once unsuccessfully for the Whittier City Council during the 1980s, has been involved in politics since moving to Whittier. She has run the Republican headquarters for years and is treasurer of the 58th Assembly District Republican Central Committee. Minerd also is a community volunteer. She works at the Friends of Library book store and is past president of the Friendly Hills Women’s Club. Her campaign manager will be Barbara Stone, another long-time Whittier resident who is a professor of political science at Cal State Fullerton and president of the Whittier-San Gabriel Valley chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs. CITY COUNCIL DEBATES: Three candidate forums for the April 11 election have been scheduled in the next week and a half. The Whittier Conservancy will hold a forum at 7 p.m. March 13 in the City Council chambers, 13230 Penn St., Whittier. The forum will be taped for a later showing. It will not be shown live. Assistant City Manager Nancy Mendez said the city only shows the League of Women Voters’ forums live because they are perceived as a neutral group. “It’s not that anybody thinks they won’t be neutral, we want to view the tape first and ensure neutrality before we put it on the air,” she said. The Whittier chapter of the League of Women Voters will hold a forum at 7:30 p.m. March 16 – also in the council chambers. It will be shown live on Channel 6 for cable television. The Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a forum at 6 p.m. March 22 at Crystal Marquis, 13007 Philadelphia St., Whittier. DRUG FIGHT: In an effort to help the fight against illegal drugs, Rep. Linda Sanchez successfully amended the bipartisan Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act on Friday to allow for funding drug prevention programs. The amendment, which was passed by a voice vote in the House Judiciary Committee, allows up to 5 percent of high intensity drug trafficking area funds to be used for drug prevention programs. “I offered this amendment because we need a comprehensive and flexible approach to fighting drugs,” said Sanchez, D-Lakewood. “There is a consensus among law enforcement agencies that prevention programs are a necessary part of a successful strategy to fight drugs and crime.” Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail [email protected]last_img

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