DOWNEY - With Mayor Anne Bayer being termed out of office this November, Lee Ann Sears, a Downey recreation and community services commissioner and local community volunteer, has announced her candidacy, joining a crowd of community leaders vying for Bayer's District 4 (northeast) council seat."I am proud to announce that I am running for Downey City Council," said Sears in a released statement. "I am committed to finding the answer to the questions facing our community." Sears, who moved to Downey 35 years ago, has been an active community volunteer for the last 25 years. In addition to serving on the city's Recreation and Community Services Commission, Sears also serves on the city's emergency preparedness committee. Sears was appointed to both positions by Bayer. "I've been involved in the community for so long and I hear what people want and don't want," said Sears, in a phone interview. "I just want to give back and do the best for the people of this community." For several years, Sears, 54, has assisted various local organizations, volunteering her time helping the Downey Rose Float Association, Downey PTA and the Relay for Life Cancer Walk. Sears completed her education in the medical field where she worked for 20 years as an EKG technician and phlebotomist. For the last nine years, Sears has worked for the women's gym Curves as a circuit trainer. "My deep involvement in the city has enlightened me to some of the important issues facing our community such as the safety of our children," said Sears. "I have a new grandchild and I want this city to be safe in the future, for our kids." Several community leaders have acknowledged their support for Sears' candidacy including former mayor and councilwoman Diane Boggs, Mayor Anne Bayer, real estate agent Maria Larkin, business owner Rick Porcaro, Dr. Mary Stauffer, the Downey Rose Float Association, fellow recreation and community services commissioner Mark Vasquez and Tracy Riley, widow of the late councilwoman Barbara J. Riley. With attorney Alex Saab and community development manager Fernando Vasquez already in the race for the seat, Sears acknowledges that the campaign will be a challenge, but remains hopeful that voters will support her candidacy. "I'm doing this from my heart and for the community," said Sears. "I can assure you that the city of Downey will remain a safe and vibrant community under my watch - we have a wonderful city and I want to keep it that way." To reach Sears' campaign, call (562) 335-9764.
********** Published: April 16, 2010 - Volume 8 - Issue 52