I am new to San Pedro. My husband and I moved to the area at the beginning of 2016 with our three boys – ages 6, 4, and 1. We live in San Pedro and my kids go to school in San Pedro. When I think about this role and this candidacy, I think about the people.

The people make the community, the neighborhood and the Council. So here I am, hoping to inspire a community, a child. My husband is an Air Force veteran and very passionate about city planning. I have spent the latter part of my career in education and the nonprofit sector. I am a published author of two books, an award-winning motivational speaker and a soon to be PhD student at UCLA. I will be pursuing a doctorate in urban education in the fall.

I am originally from San Antonio, Texas where I overcame humble beginnings. My father was addicted to drugs most of my life. My mother struggled as a single parent, but in 2012, I became the first woman in my family to earn a college degree.

I think it’s important for our Council to illustrate all walks of life in San Pedro. I believe it will help us and guide as we make decisions. This is not a competition; it is a service. And I want to serve you!

The most important things to me are: transparency and being a true voice for the community; education and youth opportunities; and building relationships that break gender, age, income, and ethnic barriers.

For more information, visit www.tunettepowell.com.