Long Beach Police Officers Association Endorse Mary Zenedjeas for City Council
Long Beach, CA –Today, Long Beach Transit Director and community leader Mary Zendejas announced the endorsement of the Long Beach Police Officers Association which represents over 800 men and women who protect and serve the residents of Long Beach.
In announcing theirendorsement, Long Beach Police Officers Association President James Foster stated:
“ Mary’s decades of experience, compassion and leadership are exactly what we need on the Long Beach City Council. Her vision of keeping neighborhoods safe through partnerships with our officers and other public safety leaders will ensure we are able to build on our existing services to continue delivering quality services to the residents of Long Beach,”
Mary Zendejas had this to say about her most recent endorsement:
“Public safety officers are the backbone of any great city. They allow individuals like myself to lead independent lives and ensure we are safe. I am proud to receive the endorsement of the men and women of the Long Beach Police Officers Association and look forward to working along side them to continue to make Long Beach a great city to live, work, and raise a family,”
Mary Zendejas is the Western States Director of Sales for GNS Medical Supplies and is currently serving her second term on the Long Beach Transit (LBT) Board of Directors. LBT is a leading agency in the transportation industry and a multimillion-dollar company. As one of the first people in a wheelchair to serve on the Board, she has led the effort to streamline access and reliability of paratransit services throughout the system and has helped to implement zero-emission buses into the fleet. Additionally, she serves as a board member of several local non-profits and advocacy organizations, including the Murphy Foundation Board and the Disabled Resource Center.
As an infant, she was diagnosed with Polio, and later in High School started using a wheelchair daily. Her passion for living and working hard is rooted in seeing her parents, a field hand and factory worker, provide their children a better life. Their hard-work allowed Mary to go to California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and become the first in her family to graduate from college. It also led her to develop, MAPS 2 College, a mentoring program in partnership with California State University, Long Beach / Disabled Student Services, The Long Beach Unified School District, and the Murphy Family Foundation. This program is designed to assist and guide students with special needs, in the transition from high school to colleges with the hopes of transforming them into successful college students and ultimately, college graduates. The program aims to provide self-empowerment through life fulfillment activities while promoting independence and a quality lifestyle.