“We are experiencing a once in a generation crisis, and so too a once in a generation opportunity to stand up for each other and to take action on crucial issues. In this moment of challenge and controversy, we as women stand together to make this community, this country and this world united around a vision for justice, equality, and freedom. Women have come under attack – especially in the past year – and so it is incumbent upon us to stand together. Women come from a long history of organizing outside traditional political structures because we have so long been denied the right to be a part of them. We fought for the right to vote. The right to have a voice. The right to run for office.”
Mayor Heidi Harmon came to the central coast 30 years ago as a college student, and like many, she found the charm and community irresistible. She stayed to make a life and raise her family in San Luis Obispo. After graduating from Cuesta and Cal Poly she worked as an early childhood educator in SLO for many years. The more she got to know the young people and families in our area, the more of her time and energy she gave to the community to make it even better for future generations. She is an experienced community organizer, climate change activist and public speaker. As the Director of SLO 350 ,a point person with Protect SLO- Stop Oil Trains and a board member of the League of Women Voters Heidi has focused on the big picture and dedicated herself to public service. She has a track record of success impacting positive change through coalition building, policy advocacy and public education. In November 2016 she was elected as Mayor of San Luis Obispo. Heidi is committed to creating innovative housing solutions, revitalizing the unique culture of our downtown, and enhancing community resilience through energy efficiency and sustainability. She keeps the voice and concern of local citizens at the forefront of everything she does, and believes each person and perspective deserves the right to be heard.