Last year marked the 100th anniversary of women being granted the right to vote and the right to run for office in California. It has been over 90 years since the 19th Amendment passed and we could vote and run for office throughout the nation. We’ve come so far in the last century but a prevailing myth still exists; Women should just vote for the women on the ballot because women know what is best for women. While it is very important to increase the number of women representing us in elected office, we need to think first about who truly represents the issues that are the most important to us and vote for the candidate who has always been an advocate of those issues. That candidate is my husband of 26 years, Scott Wilk.
There are issues that a woman might have a unique perspective on, and those issues are important, but right now we need to focus on fixing our state. The issues that are most dear to me, are important to everyone despite their gender. I want Alison and Scott Jr. to be able to live in a state where they make a good living and can work in a job that they love. I want them to raise their future families in California. I don’t want them to have to leave the state as so many college graduates have had to recently. We were so grateful that they were able to get a good public education, but that won’t be the case for my future grandkids if we don’t fix our schools today.
Scott and I both believe that every child in this nation deserves a world-class education. We can work to make the changes necessary so that our children will achieve far better results than our current system. We need new, creative, groundbreaking solutions implemented at both the state and local level. We most definitely do not need a one-size-fits-all curriculum mandated by the Federal Government. It is time to empower parents, teachers, and communities to design and apply fresh new education methods for the 21st century. Scott understands this and his time as an Elected COC Board of Trustee has given him experience necessary to be a leader in Sacramento on education issues.
Scott will be a great leader in Sacramento. He’ll work every day to pull our state out of the mess that it’s in and he will put conservative women’s issues on the forefront. He’ll be effective because he won’t be faced with a learning curve. He’ll get to work fixing California on day one.