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“Tales from the Trail” Tracks Women in Politics: Commission on Status of Women hosts programs

As a means of addressing the low number of women who are elected to local office, the Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women will host “Tales from the Trail,” a discussion with women who have recently run for public office.

On Thursday, September 29, at 7 p.m. at the Ken Edwards Center, five women who have run for seats on the Santa Monica City Council, Santa Monica College Board of Trustees or Santa Monica Malibu School Board of Education will take part in a round table discussion of their experiences as candidates running for office.

“When ranking nations for the involvement of women in public office, Rwanda ranks number one – and the U.S. ranks a dismal 61st!” said Commission Vice-Chair Kelly Hayes-Raitt, who will emcee the evening.

The onetime candidates will include Patricia Hoffman, Ana Jara, Maria Loya and Susanne Trimbath.

In addition to the discussion, a new video produced by Assemblywoman Wilma Chan (D-Oakland), “The Passion to Lead,” will be shown. It features interviews with Assemblywomen talking about their experiences as candidacies.

There will also be presentations on two potential campaign reforms that could help women candidates. Amy Connolly will explain the merits of Ranked Choice Voting ( and Eric Tang from California Clean Money Campaign ( will present a hand-out titled “Clean Money Works for Women.”

The event is free and the public is invited to attend.The Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women works to enhance the status of women in the community. The Commission promotes these goals through investigation of, advocacy for, and policy development regarding issues relevant to women and girls, and by creating leadership and career advancement opportunities for women and girls in the community.

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