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October 12, 2018

Dear Editor:


I believe in being an informed citizen; but these days, keeping up with our national news feels like a full-time job. From the never-ending tweet stream to the agony of the Supreme Court hearings and beyond, a clear and ugly theme has emerged over the past year and a half: “Women Don’t Matter.”

It seems that the men—and, OK, even some of the women— in Washington would like to keep 51.4 percent of America silent, shackled and ashamed.

It’s absurd that in 2018, women still must fight for equal recognition, equal access and equal pay. Even more insulting is the fact that women never come close to equal representation, either in Washington or in Sacramento. The good news is that we can change all this. More women are running for elected office now than ever before.

One of these remarkable women is state Assembly candidate Christy Smith. Christy is a Newhall school board member, a former U.S. Department of Education analyst and a longtime champion of women’s rights.

She believes that all rights are women’s rights because there isn’t an issue in the world that doesn’t affect women. Using her experience, considering facts and listening to her constituents, Christy will pursue solutions to the problems that affect us all. For information on Christy’s positions, look at her answers to the 2018 Political Courage Test at votesmart.org.

I believe that a woman’s place is in the Legislature. Let’s send Christy Smith to the California Assembly to represent our community.


Sharon Levine

Simi Valley, CA

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