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Columns - San Diego Happenings
Thursday, 20 December 2007 06:30
The News UpFront: (TOP STORY) as of Thursday, December 20, 2007 

The Filipino community somehow looked forward to seeing a Filipino in the San Diego City Council. Six months after she bared her intent to run for that office, Mitz Sumilang Lee decided to quit, saying "circumstances have changed". Did she not get the full support of the community? Was it the people, some of them with unresolved money issues, that she surrounded herself with? Was her chance quite slim to begin with?

 

A SLIM CHANCE OF WINNING? 

Filipino Candidate Quits Race for San Diego City Council

By ROMEO P. MARQUEZ

The writer is a member of the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and the National Press Club of the Philippines-USA.

 
A Filipino school board official Thursday said (Dec. 20) said she was withdrawing from the race for a council seat in the City of San Diego, saying "circumstances have changed" since she made her intention public six months ago.

“Today, I am announcing a decision to end my campaign for San Diego City Council in District 5," Mitz Sumilang Lee said in a statement to the Philippine Village Voice.

Questions as to how much money she has raised during her two fundraising events were not immediately answered. Previously, however, she dodged the same questions and advised to wait until the reporting period was due in January.

“I had looked forward to running and winning the Council race in District 5 and to serving San Diego in that new capacity. But circumstances have changed since last June," Lee disclosed in a statement emailed by her spokesman.

Ms. Lee said that she wasn't retiring but rather "rededicating" herself to pursuing her education goals.

The city's District 5 has quite a rich voter population of Asian Americans. At least two of the neighborhoods there have a considerable number of Filipino residents.

"It has become clear that I cannot truly fulfill my sworn responsibilities as a member of the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education -- to students, teachers, staff and the community -- while meeting-and-greeting voters, giving speeches, walking neighborhoods and raising the huge sums of money necessary to win a San Diego City Council election," she explained.

Lee was elected to the school board in 2004 on the strength of her call for then Superintendent Allan Bersin to quit while at the same time riding on the crest of the popularity that had attended her husband's earlier run for the same post.

Lee stresssed that she intends "to complete my term of office and stand for re-election to a second term on the Board in 2008." She said she wasn't retiring but rather "rededicating" herself to pursuing her education goals.

Her complete statement follows:

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, I released the following statement to the press announcing my decision to remain on the school board:

“Today, I am announcing a decision to end my campaign for San Diego City Council in District 5.

“I had looked forward to running and winning the Council race in District 5 and to serving San Diego in that new capacity. But circumstances have changed since last June when I made that announcement. It has become clear that I cannot truly fulfill my sworn responsibilities as a member of the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education -- to students, teachers, staff and the community -- while meeting-and-greeting voters, giving speeches, walking neighborhoods and raising the huge sums of money necessary to win a San Diego City Council election.

“Since last June, our Superintendent of schools announced his retirement and the Board of Education has been interviewing new candidates for that crucial job. When that task is completed, the entire Board will need to be fully engaged with the new superintendent as we collectively chart a course for the best possible education for our city's children.  In addition, California’s faltering economy means the school district will face new budget challenges which will require close attention from experienced Board members.

“Given all these circumstances, I feel obliged to devote all my time and energy now to the Board of Education. I intend to complete my term of office and stand for re-election to a second term on the Board in 2008.

“I am grateful to everyone who expressed confidence in my vision for a better city and who so generously supported my campaign. For now, we will work on city schools.”

Let me be clear that I am not retiring but rather rededicating myself to the education of our young people. I ask for your continued support as we move forward.

I and my family sincerely thank you and wish you a Merry Christmas, the best holiday season and a wonderful new year. 
 
For a better San Diego,
MITZ

 

PHILIPPINE VILLAGE VOICE - Redefining Community News
BREAKING NEWS -  Exclusive
Issue No. 99 / News Without Fear or Favor /

. . . . . A community service of San Diego's Philippine Village Voice (PhilVoiceNews@aol.com or at 619.265.0611) for the information and better understanding of the public. . . . . .



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