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Special District

Delete this - duplicate of Southwestern CCD district 3Candidate for Seat 3

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Lei-Chala Wilson

Attorney/Community Leader
15,708 votes (10.17%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Provide fiscal oversight over the 2016-2017 budget, the $389,000,000 Prop R measure funding, and the $400,000,000 Prop Z measure funding if voters approve the measure in November.
  • Ensure that SWCC maintains its accreditation while the current Board of Governors work through various issues outlined by the ACCJC.
  • Promote a vibrant and safe campus community climate as well as increase student learning outcomes. "Students First," should be the primary focus, as well as recognizing the concerns of the Administrators, Faculty, and Classified Staff.



Deputy Public Defender IV, County of San Diego Office of the Public Defender (1989–2014)
Commissioner, California Council on Criminal Justice — Appointed position (2010–2011)
Commissioner, City of San Diego Mayoral Charter Review Commission — Appointed position (2007–2008)


University of California, Davis School of Law Juris Doctor (J.D.) (1989)
San Diego State University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Economics (1985)

Community Activities

Legal Advisor , San Diego Black Police Officers Association (2015–current)
Board Member, California Civil Rights Coalition (2013–current)
President, NAACP San Diego Branch (2009–2014)
Chair of the Criminal Law and Juvenile Justice Section, National Bar Association (2005–2010)
President, National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (2009–2010)


I am a 24 year veteran of the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office, over 40 year resident of San Diego County and 15 year resident of Eastlake. I know the challenges our communities face and education is one component of the solution.

As the product of a military family, I know the importance of duty, respect, and honor. 

I am a graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. I received a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, at Davis, School of Law.  

As an accomplished lawyer, respected leader, and trusted advisor, I have a passion for our youth, education, and voting.

As a small business owner, I opened a solo law office in Eastlake after retiring as a deputy public defender. I know the importance of honesty, integrity and efficiency.

Based on my long history of service to the community and legal profession, I was particularly honored to be named the 2016 79th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year.  

I know that education equals opportunity if it is available and accessible to everyone. With your support, I will bring my unique set of skills, abilities, and expertise to the Southwestern College Board of Governors.

I respectfully ask for your vote.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (5)

  • Southwestern Community College CSEA, Chapter 524
  • Eastlake-Bonita Democratic Club
  • The Democratic Professional Club
  • Democrats for Equality (Rated "Acceptable")
  • Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association

Elected Officials (1)

  • The Hon. Dr. Shirley N. Weber, 79th California Assemblymember

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