I am excited to share my endorsement of Lani Faulkner for the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors to represent the First District. From Lani's work on the Executive Committee of the Santa Cruz Chapter of the Sierra Club and as a Board member for Santa Cruz County Friends of the Rail & Trail, to her founding role with Equity Transit, Lani is the kind of environmental and transportation justice leader Santa Cruz County needs to help identify climate crisis responses and solutions locally. Lani will work diligently to address critical needs the community is facing including the lack of affordable housing and disaster preparedness.

Lani is also known for centering equity while bringing diverse people together to accomplish common goals and achieve greater good. Her values include cultivating a community where seniors can remain active and vibrant and where children and their families receive the support needed to ensure healthy successful lives through programs like Cradle to Career. Diverse voices within the community will be fully represented under her leadership. As the former Majority Leader for the California State Senate, I know how important it is for skilled leaders like Lani to have a seat at decision-making tables.

I also know Lani Faulkner to be a person of the strongest moral and ethical integrity whose willingness to serve the people of Santa Cruz County presents an important opportunity for all residents and the future of Santa Cruz County.

For these reasons, I urge First District voters in Santa Cruz to vote for Lani Faulkner for Santa Cruz County Supervisor in the March 2024 primary election. Thank you.

Senator Bill Monning (ret)
California State Senate
Majority Leader Emeritus

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