Supervisor Hahn Endorses Mary!
Long Beach, CA –Today, Long Beach Transit Director and community leader Mary Zendejas announced the endorsement of Los Angeles County Supervisor and former Congresswoman Janice Hahn. Supervisor Hahn represents over 2 million people across 27 cities in Los Angeles County with Long Beach as the single largest city in her district.
In announcing her endorsement, Supervisor Janice Hahn stated:
“Mary's energy, compassion, and decades of community involvement make her the perfect choice for the Long Beach CityCouncil. I have been an elected official for over 20 years, and it is hard to find leaders as genuine and ready to serve on day one as Mary Zendejas. I am thrilled to endorse her campaign and look forward to her leadership in this new capacity,"
Mary Zendejas had this to say about her most recent endorsement:
“Supervisor Hahn is a dedicated public servant and a role model for all of us running for office. I am honored to receive her support in my race for City Council. I look forward to working alongside Supervisor Hahn to bring much-needed funding and programs to the residents of the First District,"
As an infant, Mary 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.
Her advocacy dates back nearly three decades starting in her high school, where she organized citizenship fairs to help community members follow their American Dream of becoming US citizen. She is also the founder of Professional Abilities Association of America, an organization created for working professionals with disabilities by working professionals with disabilities, focusing on inclusion in the workforce. Additionally, she is a two-time graduate of Leadership Long Beach, served as a member of Mayor Robert Garcia’s Transition Team, a former board member of Housing Long Beach and a past Ms. Wheelchair California.
Currently, she is 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. During her time at Long Beach Transit, 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. Mary is also currently a board member of several local non-profits and advocacy organizations, including the Murphy Foundation Board and the Disabled Resource Center.