Long Beach City Council Candidate, Sharifah Hardie Disregards Race & Affirms Commitment to Inclusion
Sharifah Hardie, a Long Beach City Council District 6 Candidate in the March 3, 2020 Primary Election, affirms her commitment to achieving diversity, unity and inclusion in Long Beach.
By: Ask Sharifah
Hardie's statement comes in response to the recent Long Beach Post article announcing "Steve Meng drops out of District 6 race in hopes of uniting Cambodians behind Suely Saro." The article stated, "the withdrawal of Meng should solidify the Cambodian vote behind Saro. How sizable that vote will be remains to be seen. It is estimated that as many as 20,000 Cambodians live in Long Beach, home to the largest concentration outside of Southeast Asia."
Hardie believes; "there is more than just a single race or belief system in Long Beach. Yes, there are as many as 20,000 Cambodians in Long Beach. However, there are the same amount of African-Americans as Cambodians, twice as many Caucasians as Cambodians, and numerous Hispanic residents in Long Beach. The city is a melting pot of races, where people from all over the world come to enjoy the cities' diversity. So, we must, therefore, harness these blessings by appreciating diversity and focusing on inclusion so that everyone will feel welcome, heard and valued in Long Beach."
Alex Norman, Professor Emeritus of Social Welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs stated, "there are more numerous ethnic groups in the 6th District, some of which are probably more electable. However what I believe is driving the press that the Cambodians are receiving, is their organizing effort."
"I advocate for the use of technology to improve our city, instead of focusing on race," says Hardie. "I believe by utilizing technology and automation: we can offer a better quality of life for the people in Long Beach, improve our ability to reach under-served areas, redefine our quality of healthcare, increase business productivity, reduce human suffering and create a safer Long Beach for everyone."
Hardie will work tirelessly and fearlessly to rebuild the city and create job opportunities for everyone. This, she would achieve by working in close cooperation with the entire Long Beach Community and its leaders to provide every resident with opportunities, free classes, and seminars.
The candidate reaffirms her belief in all of the citizens of Long Beach and appreciates your support. For more information visit: AskSharifah.com
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