Pacifica, a small city of 39,000 people, has elections like that of San Francisco, a major city of 870,000 people. The Pacifica City Council elections are very important because these public officials have the power to create, decide and influence policies that can affect you and your community. That is why it is very important to know who is up for election and what their intentions are.
Who is Mary Bier?
Mary Bier is the Program director for the Pacifica Prevention Partnership and the chair of the Pacifica Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission. The Prevention Partnership is a high school district program that focuses on teen substance abuse and how to prevent it. This program is run by two grants. A federal grant, ‘Drug Free Commission’ and a county grant, ‘community based partnership’.
What are her political views?
Mary strongly resonates with democratic values; however, she is not very happy with the Democratic Party at the moment.
What are her goals has she promised if elected?
Mary Bier’s campaign has mostly centered around affordable housing, an issue that has been prevalent in Pacifica in recent years. She hopes to develop more affordable housing through raising revenue in Pacifica through grants and small businesses.
Regarding education, Mary hopes to improve the communication between city leadership and school district leadership. She feels that it is important for them to come together and work together.
How is the campaign going?
Over the last two weeks she has been seeing the worst of it. There has been a lot of outside money given to her opponents backed by out of town real estate. This has not brought her down, however, because she has had a lot of community-based support from donations to volunteer work.
How does it feel to be a candidate in a local election?
Throughout her entire campaign, Mary has knocked on thousands of doors in Pacifica. “It’s very important to me that I listen to different people and their perspectives,” she says, describing how important it is to listen to the needs of everyone rather than to tend to the needs of one group of people. Ultimately, she described her experience as both terrifying and educational: “At first, it was scary but I feel like in the last four months alone, I’ve learned so much.” Now she feels proud to be taking part in this process and furthermore, she admires the strength of her fellow candidates.
What is her message to you?
“I just want to say that even if you don’t want to vote for me, you should still go out and exercise you’re right to vote. It is very important that people do that because it is the most effective way for getting your needs heard and answered.”