North Coast People’s Alliance Endorses Leslie Castellano for Ward 1 Eureka City Council Seat
This is a press release from the North Coast People’s Alliance:
The North Coast People’s Alliance has endorsed Leslie Castellano for the Ward 1 Eureka City Council seat.
“Leslie has pledged to work hard for a fairer, more inclusive Eureka that treats all of its residents with respect,” said Tamara McFarland, chair of the NCPA Steering Committee. ‘We are impressed with her background, values and plans for the city.”
Castellano, the director of Synapsis performance space, has lived and worked in Eureka for most of the past 14 years. She works for Trajectory, a career development program for artists from a variety of backgrounds, and is the board vice president of the Ink People, a community arts organization.
Castellano has written grants for free art programs for at-risk populations, an accessible dance program, a neighborhood street festival and creating a community mapping project. NCPA appreciates her background as a businesswoman and teacher, because caring for people and building community have been at the core of her work.
“Businesses flourish when the whole community flourishes,” Castellano said. “I value Eureka’s economy, and I recognize that a government must attend to many components of society.”
Castellano’s platform includes plans for creating more opportunities for local youth, and it calls for forward-thinking policies concerning community safety and housing.
“I will work toward greater environmental sustainability, vibrant arts and culture, and cooperative economic models,” she said. “Participation, creative thinking, hard work, and community are core values threaded throughout my campaign and my public service work.”
Voters can learn more about Castellano on her website, www.leslieforeureka.com, and on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Leslie-Castellano-for-City-Council-2018-261023937987022. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The North Coast People’s Alliance is a multi-partisan group that advocates for economic justice, social justice and environmental justice, and helps everyday people get more engaged civic institutions. Since 2016, NCPA has endorsed five candidates in three different local election campaigns in Humboldt County, most recently supporting Steve Madrone for county supervisor. All five won.
NCPA expects to review more endorsement applications during its next general meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Labor Temple, 840 E. St., Eureka. Candidates who share the values of social, environmental and economic justice, and who pledge to abide by NCPA’s “People Funded, Corporate Free” policy of declining financial contributions from business, are eligible to apply.
More information is available on the NCPA website at www.northcoastpeoplesalliance.org, with endorsement details and applications at http://northcoastpeoplesalliance.org/index.php/civic-engagement.