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July 3, 2012 > Elected Women of Newark greet Supervisor Valle

Elected Women of Newark greet Supervisor Valle

Submitted By Eileen McDonald

As a traditional cool evening breeze swept through Newark, over 100 people packed the McDonald residence to welcome newly appointed Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle to the community. The event hosted by the Elected Women of Newark was neither a campaign kick-off nor a fundraiser for his November election, but rather an opportunity to "meet and greet" Mr. Valle.

The open house reception featured desserts created by the hosts: Pat Kite, Union Sanitary District; Patricia Danielson, Washington Hospital; Vivien Larsen, Ohlone College; Nancy Thomas, Newark School Board; Sucy Collazo, Newark City Council; and Eileen McDonald, Alameda County Board of Education.

Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, Sheila Jordan, sent a cake in Valle's honor. "He will be a tremendous asset on the Board of Supervisors. I congratulate him and wish him much success," stated Jordan.

Many Newark residents had supported the appointment of Vice-Mayor Ana Apodaca. Just as Union City stood firmly beside their city icon, Richard Valle, many in Newark had been pulling for Apodaca. "I have known Ana since she was born and watched her mature into a fine young woman and a powerful leader - the future of our community," stated Alameda County Board of Education member Eileen McDonald, organizer of the event.

"When Richard received the appointment I thought it time to put politics aside and give Richard a huge Newark welcome. I have worked with him at the county level. He is amazing and will represent us well. He has my vote in November," said McDonald.

Retired Newark teacher and North Fremont resident, Suzanne Miller commented in an email, "How wonderful it was to meet Mr. Valle. It is nice to meet my representative personally." Ohlone College Trustee, Vivien Larsen echoed those feelings adding, "What a kind, humble man he is. I look forward to working with him on issues that pertain to Ohlone."

In an email, Supervisor Valle gratefully thanked the Elected Ladies of Newark. "Thank you all so much for the warm welcome to your community. I was pleased to meet so many people and look forward to being your representative."

Many felt that it was nice to be able to move on and sweep away the controversy that surrounded the previous representative who had resigned due to personal issues. It's time to get on with county business!

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