It’s a busy time for Kelly Hayes-Raitt, who is running for Fran Pavley’s 41st District State Assembly seat.
She has picked up the endorsement of the Sierra Club. “Her environmental legacy is already impressive. She co-founded Heal the Bay. She successfully fought offshore oil drilling. She served as executive director of the Coalition for Clean Air. Sierra Club urges anyone who cares about protecting our magnificent coast, mountains and clean air to vote on June 6th for Kelly Hayes-Raitt,” says Emil Lawton, chair emeritus of the political committee of the Sierra Club, Los Angeles Chapter.
On the education front, Hayes-Raitt, along with other politicians and parents, has filed a “friend of the court” amicus brief against the No Child Left Behind Act. Says Hayes-Raitt, “I decided to run for the Assembly to fight President Bush’s efforts to eviscerate our public school system.” According to Hayes-Raitt, many local school districts, including Santa Monica-Malibu School District and Los Angeles Unified School District, are not getting the monies they are entitled to under the Act. “Our lawsuit challenges the Bush Administration’s onerous requirements which forces states to take over ’struggling’ schools without providing the necessary funds to support those schools in succeeding,” Hayes-Raitt explains.