Alexandra Cole (Mission Viejo/92691)
I work on surveys and data analysis, and have lived in the district since 1992 when I started graduate school at UC Irvine. After receiving my Ph.D. in Political Science, I briefly ran the survey research center at Chapman University, and I've taught at UCI, Chapman University, and Irvine Valley College. I am currently a Professor of Political Science at CSU Northridge. My husband and I reside in Mission Viejo with our children; the oldest currently attends UCI. After studying political participation for many years, I find the formation of citizen groups such as California 45th a positive development in the district.
AMY STEVENS (Mission Viejo/92691)
My background is in marketing, education, and volunteer organization. I've lived in the 45th district since I was 6, and currently reside in Mission Viejo with my husband, our teenage son, and my widowed mother. Growing up, my parents modeled community engagement, activism, and compassion for their neighbors; I cherish the opportunity to carry on their legacy as part of California 45th.
My sweet mother is in poor health and relies on medicare to survive; I have had three brain surgeries due to a rare autoimmune disorder, and depend on affordable healthcare for my family. As a woman, I have firsthand experience with sex discrimination; I've been dismissed and passed over because I'm female. Members of my family, people in my close friendship circle, my neighbors, and my students have been personally impacted by inhumane immigration policy, the "travel ban", and stigma and discrimination against those in the LGBTQ community. As a math teacher and as the parent of a child with multiple learning differences, education is at the front of my mind daily. These are the issues that most directly impact me, and about which I am passionate.
I value our CA 45th group because of the opportunity it gives us to build community by focusing on our shared values, which are numerous. I'm concerned about the deep partisanship we are experiencing both locally and nationally and I'm committed to working to build relationships with people from differing worldviews to discuss politics and life respectfully. I believe we have a responsibility to care for our neighbors both near and far, regardless of how their political beliefs align with our own. I believe the job of our elected officials at all levels of government is to represent the needs and beliefs of their constituents, even when those beliefs are opposed to the representative's personal convictions. I will continue to fight to hold our politicians accountable to that.
Andrea Rangno (Mission Viejo/92691)
I am a mother, writer, editor, and professional peace sign thrower-upper. My husband and I bought a home in Mission Viejo nearly a decade ago, and we have fallen in love with our community. In fact, we spend many holidays throughout the year with our neighbors, who we count as some of our best friends. We will grow old here.
My parents raised me strong; they taught me to value the most vulnerable people in our society, and to treat them with dignity. I work very hard to instill those values in my son and daughter, and that’s a big part of why I’m volunteering my time with California 45th.
I will never stop holding my elected representatives to the same high standards I hold everyone else: be honest, treat everyone you meet with respect, don’t run away from hard conversations. Most importantly, remember that we’re not all that different when you get down to it. We are all parents, friends, neighbors and constituents, and we are stronger than what divides us.
Erin Goodrich (ANAHEIM HILLS 92807)
Born and raised in the 45th District, Erin has lived here all of her life, grew up in our local schools and now raises her children here. She was brought up in a family that values education, resourcefulness, debate and tolerance. Over more than 30 years she has watched our community change and grow. She works in wealth management locally and can see much of the complexity that surrounds the current political discourse and how it affects many of the people she serves on different levels and touches each of our lives everyday.
A No Party Preference voter she votes no party line. She tries to foster conversation that can bring the various sides of these multitudes of issues closer together through tolerance and respect as well as fact. She likes to think about each issue in terms not only of its cost, but its value as well. She believes it is important to ask ourselves what our responsibility is to ourselves, our families, our community and future generations when looking at issues and is passionate about making sure as voters we are better informed at a local level and that our representatives do what they are called to - represent our community not themselves.
judy kaufman (irvine)
Raised by fairly typical New York Jewish Democratic, strongly pro-labor, pro-civil rights public school teachers in a NJ suburb, I was a music major in college and graduate school, then became a Music Librarian at Stony Brook University on Long Island, and then moved into university library administration. A single mom, I moved to Irvine in 1994, with two young daughters, two cats, and a dog, to become an administrator in the UCI libraries.
I retired in 2007, married a UCI professor who studies educational inequality, and was quite politically active for a while, but really went into high gear after Trump was elected. I was angry and wanted to do something meaningful with my anger. The CA45th group impressed me for being non-partisan and insisting on civility. I discovered that people were hungry for facts about bills coming up for votes, so that they could give Mimi input on them. So the next thing I knew, although I have no legislative research training, just a love of research and training as a librarian, it became my “job” in the group to post every weekend on the bills coming up for roll call votes, and also to report on bills sponsored and co-sponsored by Mimi. I feel very fortunate to live in one of the potentially “flippable” districts, and to have found a group – albeit a virtual one - where I feel at home, and where I can participate in a meaningful way. My NYC friends who live in solidly Democratic districts are actually envious, because it’s hard for them to find such a meaningful way to do something with their anger.
In my spare time, I still play music and also pursue my interest in Jungian psychology – indeed I am the President of the C.G. Jung Club of Orange County. And I just became a grandmother, the best job of all.