Marilyn Grunwald-38th County Committee

LACDP

Why Am I Running?

      Like most people, my past life experiences have contributed to my world view. It is clear that those of us who can improve this world, however modestly, should give back and work for a better world. 

       Alexander and Elizabeth Low (Nee Easton) were told that my chances of surviving my first night were less than 40 percent. Born in a small hospital in Scotland in 1953, with Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (exposed spine causing, in my case, a dislocated hip and paralysis of the right leg). This was the first of several incidences that I survived including nearly drowning, a jaws-of-life car accident, sexual abuse, and a stroke. 

       Society's treatment of persons, especially female persons, with disabilities was not outstanding growing up and the negative message on my lack of ability and usefulness certainly had a lasting effect. It is only in my 60's, that I am realizing that we with disabilities need to "come out" and own our lives, bodies, and minds. Not only CAN we contribute, but we MUST contribute for the many other kids who will be born into different lives.

       I applaud and support all the "others" who have found a footing in politics. However, it is just as important that the 38th Delegation has representation from people with disabilities as it is that our team includes people from the LGBTQ movement, labor, and people of color. I am a union member, have grandchildren of mixed ethnicities who attend public school. I work hard to do the best for all of these constituencies.

      There are many more than seven people running and it will be a challenge. My wish is that many people join me in the myriad things that can and must be done in the next few weeks. Election day is 3.3.20.