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Monterey CountyCandidate for Supervisor, Supervisorial District 4

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Wendy Root Askew

School Board Member
18,417 votes (52.9%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • HOUSING: Our workforce and future generations, like my son and your children, should be able to afford to live here. I’m proud to be leading regional efforts to address housing for all Monterey County residents and their families.
  • SAFETY: As a mother and Education Trustee, nothing is more important to me personally than keeping our kids safe. As a County legislative aide, I’ve secured millions in funding to address public safety needs.
  • ECONOMY: As a former business owner I’m leading the effort to create local, living-wage jobs that allow families to work where they live, maintaining our tourism economy, and create good-paying local jobs.

Experience

Experience

Profession:County Legislative Analyst / MPUSD School Board
Legislative Analyst for Supervisor Jane Parker, County of Monterey (2009–current)
Board of Educaton, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District — Elected position (2015–current)
Director, Alternate, Transportation Agency of Monterey County — Appointed position (2018–current)
Director, Alternate, Children's Council for Monterey County — Appointed position (2009–current)
Commissioner, Community Action Commission — Appointed position (2006–2011)
Food Broker & Logistics Director / Small Business Owner, FoodBlitz (2005–2009)
Senior Development Associate, Chartwell School (2001–2005)

Education

CSU Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo B.S. Business Administration (2000)
Pacific Grove High School Diploma (1996)

Biography

As a fourth-generation Monterey County resident who is raising my family in Marina, I have been committed to working on behalf of our community for decades. I am a mother to a young child, wife to an architect, and daughter to both a parent educator and retired Army Colonel.    For the past decade, I have been serving the residents of Sand City, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, East Garrison, CSUMB, Salinas, Seaside, and Ft. Ord as a top Legislative Aide to outgoing  Supervisor Jane Parker, with a particular focus on healthcare, homeless services, and public safety in our neighborhoods and schools and as an elected representative on the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District since 2015. I am uniquely qualified and ready to hit the ground running as your next supervisor to keep our communities safe, spur living-wage job creation, protect our rich ecosystems, and address the housing needs of current residents and future generations.    Prior to working for the County, I built and sold an industrial food brokerage business and worked as a non-profit fundraiser. With experience in the non-profit, private, and government sectors, I am known as a highly motivated self-starter with a strong reputation for principled action: getting things done that make life better for regular hard-working people.    I offer experienced County leadership on a wide range of issues, including responsible land use and water policy, climate change, compassionate responses to the homelessness and regional housing crises, and strong fiscal stewardship.  My broad grassroots support is evidenced by the nearly 2,000 contributions made in support of my campaign and a growing list of endorsements from in-district, County, and Regional leaders. 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As one of the County’s top COVID response coordinators, I’ve led efforts in Seaside, Marina and Salinas responding to this crisis and keeping your family safe.

I’ve convened weekly sessions to provide health updates, delivered on free local testing, housing, and financial support to residents; distribution of thousands of masks/free meals; and connected families/businesses together with life-saving resources.

I’ve continued to prioritize safe, healthy schools – and established free childcare so teachers can focus on quality instruction as we work towards safe returns to the classroom.  

Voting for me ensures we’ll be ready for any emergency – and a comprehensive approach to leading Monterey County through the tough weeks ahead.  I stand for:

  • Social Equity where every resident is treated with compassion and receives the housing and food support they need.

  • Results-oriented, regional leadership to help our local businesses and eco-tourism economy recover from this devastating recession.  

  • Job creation and local economic revitalization to put our residents back to work and ensure our essential First Responders, teachers, and agricultural workers stay healthy and safe. 

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I am a strong proponent of fiscal responsibility, and take seriously my responsibility as a steward of the trust that tax-payers place in government.

Public Safety: Every family, worker, and visitor in Monterey County deserves to feel safe. As MPUSD Trustee, I’ve worked to keep our kids safe making decisions based on reducing real risks faced by our youth, such as mental health support and accident prevention. As a County legislative aide, I’ve brought millions of dollars to District 4 to reduce and prevent gang and youth violence. I started a Monterey County Moms Demand Action group for common sense gun control. I view public safety in its broadest sense to include safe streets, strong public health systems, and communities that are well connected.

Good Jobs & Economic Development: We must prioritize the creation of local, living-wage jobs that allow families to live in the community where they work. At the same time we must support the growth of local businesses that enhance our quality of life, protect our valuable natural resources, maintain our thriving tourism and agriculture industries, and create good-paying local jobs. The transition to clean energy offers an opportunity for investment that creates local union jobs while protecting our environment.

Housing for All: Our workforce must be able to live where they work, and future generations, which include my own son and countless other children, should be able to stay and raise their families here. As an MPUSD Trustee, I’ve led the effort to build faculty housing on surplus District property. As a founding member of the Monterey Peninsula Housing Coalition, I believe that we can and must support growth within the boundaries of existing development areas, prioritizing in District 4 the redevelopment of blighted land on Fort Ord. 

Compassionate Response to Homelessness: I led the effort to create a safe parking program in 2017 that welcomes men and RV’s despite significant community protest and legal challenges. I led the effort to open the first homeless warming shelter on the Monterey Peninsula securing full support of the Seaside City Council. I am fully committed to ensuring that everyone has a safe and legal place to sleep at night.

Climate Action and Environmental Protections: Climate change threatens the Monterey County environment and economic future and demands regional action, beyond an internal focus on conservation. I championed the creation of Monterey Bay Community Power. The County must continue to fight to uphold the voter approved 2016 Measure Z ban on fracking. Essential to environmental health is balancing the placement of housing near jobs, designing transportation systems that support the efficient movement of people, and working collaboratively on solutions to ensure a long term supply of fresh water and clean energy that our residents and businesses can afford and rely on. 

Women and Families: Iamilies deserve social safety net services that are easy to navigate and destigmatized to ensure nutrition, health, and safety; freedom from domestic or workplace violence; paid parental leave and high quality childcare that supports the ability of parents to engage fully in our economy; and equal pay and access to professional growth.

Early Education: I championed the Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Initiative to coordinate regional investments in early care and learning. I secured the expansion of transitional-kindergarten at MPUSD doubling the number of 4 year old eligible and including TK at every elementary school. I championed the investment of millions of Measure P funds into facilities improvements at our preschools in Marina and Seaside, expanded the number of pre-school spaces available for low income families, started a subsidized preschool program benefit for district employees, and created a private-pay preschool program for families who do not qualify for state subsidy programs.


Equity: I am a firm advocate for addressing systemic disparities via policy that is rooted in racial and social equity. This awareness and commitment to equity must be embedded at every level of County Government with leadership from the Board. I worked to build public and political will necessary to have the County join the Government Alliance for Race and Equity and participated in the initial training cohort.  On the School Board I championed the formal adoption of our Equity Pillar as a guiding principle for all School District action. I led the initiatives to increase revenue with the 2010 and 2018 facilities bonds and I have consistently voted to allocate resources to the schools, communities, and programs where they are needed most.

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I am committed to honest and accountable leadership.  

We may not always agree, but I will always strive to be truthful about where I stand. 

 

I welcome an open and transparent relationship with ALL residents, voters, and stakeholders in Monterey County. 

Position Papers

Good Jobs, Economic Development & the Environment

Summary

We must prioritize the creation of local, living-wage jobs that allow families to live in the community where they work. At the same time we must support the growth of local businesses that enhance our quality of life, protect our valuable natural resources, maintain our thriving tourism and agriculture industries, and create good-paying local jobs. 

 

We must prioritize the creation of local, living-wage jobs that allow families to live in the community where they work. At the same time we must support the growth of local businesses that enhance our quality of life, protect our valuable natural resources, maintain our thriving tourism and agriculture industries, and create good-paying local jobs. 

 Climate change threatens the Monterey County environment and economic future and demands regional action, beyond an internal focus on conservation. I championed the creation of Monterey Bay Community Power, yet it can and must do more to lead our region in the development of renewable non-carbon-based electricity. The County must continue to fight to uphold the voter approved 2016 Measure Z ban on fracking. Essential to environmental health is balancing the placement of housing near jobs, designing transportation systems that support the efficient movement of people, and working collaboratively on solutions to ensure a long term supply of fresh water and clean energy that our residents and businesses can afford and rely on. 

 

The COVID pandemic has exposed pervasive inequities — in healthcare access, wages, paid sick leave, paid family leave, educational opportunities, housing, childcare, health outcomes, internet and computers — that have not occurred overnight, nor will they be solved quickly. I am committed to doing what it takes, for as long as it takes, to create a more just and equitable community for every resident.

Housing for All

Summary

Our workforce must be able to live where they work, and future generations, which include my fourth generation young son and your children, should be able to stay and raise their families here.

Our workforce must be able to live where they work, and future generations, which include my fourth generation young son and your children, should be able to stay and raise their families here. As an MPUSD Trustee, I’ve led the effort to build permanently affordable housing for teachers, staff, and homeless families on surplus District property. As a founding member of the Monterey Peninsula Housing Coalition, I’m working to address housing solutions – to reduce traffic, support our economy, and maintain our diversity. We must support growth within the boundaries of existing development areas, prioritizing the redevelopment of blighted land on Fort Ord. 

I’m proud to be leading regional efforts to address housing for all Monterey County residents and their families, including: 

 

  • Fighting for our fair of state funding for Veteran housing 
  • Co-founding the Monterey Peninsula Housing Coalition to provide focused, regional collaboration and leadership to these efforts 
  • Increasing the number of shelter beds for families in need
  • Successfully working with the community to open a Seaside homeless center
  • Leading the effort to identify surplus School District property for development as affordable housing for teachers and staff and homeless families

 

I am fully committed to ensuring that everyone has a safe and legal place to sleep at night. I led the effort in 2017 to create the only safe parking program in 2017 that welcomes people living in RV’s. I led the effort to open the first homeless shelter on the Monterey Peninsula securing full support of the Seaside City Council. I fought to keep the temporary Salinas Homeless Shelter fully funded and open year round. We must recommit our efforts to offer alternatives to sleeping on the streets in order to support enforcement of clean and sanitary public spaces. 

Check out the MBEP Housing Candidate Forum to hear more about my work on housing: https://mbep.biz/past-event/monterey-penninsula-part-2-election-forum-recap-2/

Community and School Safety

Summary

Every family, worker, and visitor in Monterey County deserves to feel safe.

Every family, worker, and visitor in Monterey County deserves to feel safe. As MPUSD Trustee, I’ve worked to keep our kids safe making decisions based on reducing real risks faced by our youth, such as mental health support and accident prevention. As a County legislative aide, I’ve brought millions of dollars to District 4 to reduce and prevent gang and youth violence by focusing on prevention. I started a Monterey County Moms Demand Action group for common sense gun control. I view public safety in its broadest sense to include safe streets, strong public health systems, and communities that are well connected.

Working collaboratively with local residents, nonprofit leaders, the faith community, government leaders, and community safety partners, I led the effort that resulted in Salinas being selected as one of only 6 cities for the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, a program commended by the Monterey County Grand Jury for its groundbreaking work.

As a founding member of Salinas’s Community Alliance for Safety and Peace, I secured millions to combat gang violence in our communities. WIth strategic investment and coordinated prevention programs, crime rates have dropped.

I remain an active participant of the Seaside Youth Violence Prevention Group, securing funding for Monterey County Gang Violence Prevention Initiatives run by local non-profits.

I led the 2018 Measure N and Measure M initiatives in Marina to increase funding of $2.1 annually for police, fire and other essential services.   

 

In my work with the Transportation Agency for Monterey County, I’ve championed increased funding for the Safe Route to Schools program, developing safety plans for streets around every single school in Marina, Seaside, and Salinas.

Videos (5)

— September 13, 2020 Wendy Root Askew for Monterey County Supervisor

For the past decade with Root Askew has worked as a top legislative aide to Supervisor Jane Parker. She comes from 3 generations of army veterans. As you local elected school board member Wendy identified $5 million in savings that was used to raise teachers pay. Seaside Councilman Jon Wizard says, "I truly appreciate Wendy's work increasing school safety, shelter beds, and healthcare clinics. Thank you Wendy." Wendy Root Askew says, "I'm Wendy Root Askew and I'm running for Monterey County Supervisor." Learn more about Wendy at www.voteWendy2020.com

— September 13, 2020 Wendy Root Askew for Monterey County Supervisor

As a former business owner and County legislative aide Wendy Root Askew has worked to create good paying local jobs and has promoted the areas tourism economy and natural resources. She is also leading the charge on affordable housing for Veterans, seniors, and working families. Monterey Bay Central Labor Council representative Rod Smalley says, "Wendy has created jobs for Monterey County residents. Thank you Wendy." Wendy says, I'm Wendy Root Askew and I'm running for Monterey County Supervisor. Learn more about Wendy at www.VoteWendy2020.com

— September 13, 2020 Wendy Root Askew for Monterey County Supervisor

As a school board member, wife, and mother, Wendy Root Askew has worked with community groups to expand access to healthy food for kids, developed safe routes to schools, and addressed the areas healthcare needs. She co-founded the Community Alliance for Safety and Peace and secured federal funding to reduce gang violence. Local school teacher Lauren Mauck says, "Wendy led a County wide effort to protect students and teachers from gun violence. Thank you Wendy." Wendy Root Askew says, "I'm Wendy Root Askew and I'm running for Monterey County Supervisor."

— October 27, 2020 Wendy Root Askew for Monterey County Supervsor

As one of the County’s top COVID response coordinators, I’ve led efforts in Seaside, Marina and Salinas responding to this crisis and keeping your family safe. I’ve convened weekly sessions to provide health updates, delivered on free local testing, housing, and financial support to residents; distribution of thousands of masks/free meals; and connected families/businesses together with life-saving resources. I’ve continued to prioritize safe, healthy schools – and established free childcare so teachers can focus on quality instruction as we work towards safe returns to the classroom. Voting for me ensures we’ll be ready for any emergency – and a comprehensive approach to leading Monterey County through the tough weeks ahead. I stand for: -- Social Equity where every resident is treated with compassion and receives the housing and food support they need. -- Results-oriented, regional leadership to help our local businesses and eco-tourism economy recover from this devastating recession. -- Job creation and local economic revitalization to put our residents back to work and ensure our essential First Responders, teachers, and agricultural workers stay healthy and safe.

— October 27, 2020 Wendy Root Askew for Monterey County Supervisor

As one of the County’s top COVID response coordinators, I’ve led efforts in Seaside, Marina and Salinas responding to this crisis and keeping your family safe. I’ve convened weekly sessions to provide health updates, delivered on free local testing, housing, and financial support to residents; distribution of thousands of masks/free meals; and connected families/businesses together with life-saving resources.

I’ve continued to prioritize safe, healthy schools – and established free childcare so teachers can focus on quality instruction as we work towards safe returns to the classroom.

Voting for me ensures we’ll be ready for any emergency – and a comprehensive approach to leading Monterey County through the tough weeks ahead. I stand for: - Social Equity where every resident is treated with compassion and receives the housing and food support they need. - Results-oriented, regional leadership to help our local businesses and eco-tourism economy recover from this devastating recession. - Job creation and local economic revitalization to put our residents back to work and ensure our essential First Responders, teachers, and agricultural workers stay healthy and safe.

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