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June 25, 2008 > Newly Appointed Hayward City Council Member Makes History

Newly Appointed Hayward City Council Member Makes History

By Jennifer Falcon

Real estate agent and newcomer to politics Anna May was creating a buzz in Hayward with her victory over heavily backed opponent Steve Bristow, a retired 911 dispatcher for 19 years. Bristow, who started his campaign several months before May, was endorsed by Assembly Member Mary Hayashi, current incumbents Bill Quirk and Barbara Halliday, and even former Police Chief Charlie Plummer.

Before the election, one source stated that with Bristow's strong Police and Firefighter endorsements, he would most likely be elected to city council. Strong Bristow backer Bill Quirk, whose own campaign coincided with Bristow's, was very confident that his friend would be elected. "People want Hayward to feel safer. With Bristow's 911 dispatcher background he knows what the city needs."

Anna May was humble when asked what made her stand out against her opponent:
"I have been a part of this society for so long, and I have done things because I care." On June 3, Hayward voters leaned towards May, who has little political experience, making her the youngest women to ever be elected, as well as the first Asian to take a seat on the council. "We have two new members so we can really change the way of things, and obviously the people of Hayward needed that."

May grew up in Hayward with her younger sister and brother; both parents worked, making the children latchkey kids. She knew what it was like to struggle, but she was smart and strong-minded. Early on she stood out. In high school Anna May graduated early and traveled the world, modeling in Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. Her ability to speak Mandarin Chinese and Spanish helped her bond with other cultures and view the world in a different way.

For five years she modeled for Ponds beauty products and acted in commercials for Max Factor. She never let the fast life of modeling get to her and though she achieved great success, longed for her family and life back home. Returning to Hayward, May found success in real estate and managed a local restaurant called Rickshaw's. In 1995 she opened her own restaurant.

May became a Rotarian in 1998 and served two terms as club president from 2003 - 2005. When she takes her seat on the city council in July, her top priority is to watch how the job is done. She has proven time and time again to be a quick learner and a strong leader and should have no problem catching on.

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