Today, with business and community leaders at her side, former United Way Monterey County president Mary Adams announced her campaign for District 5 Supervisor. Citing her experience in community engagement, coalition building and a successful track record in leading complex organizations to address issues impacting Monterey County, Adams touted a new vision for the county.
Her announcement took place at the county seat on the steps of the Old Courthouse. Speaking directly to the need to shake things up in local government, Adams stated, “I am running for the Monterey County Board of Supervisors because I want to see change in our county. As I meet with neighborhood groups, community leaders and people on the street, I have heard complaints and frustrations. Frustrations about the actions – and also lack of action – by supervisors; by a tone of secrecy that seems to prevail; with the dismissal of community input and a lack of progress on pressing needs. People are tired of being disrespected and no longer want to accept the creeping stagnation compounded by decisions that seem to cater to special interests, rather than the will of the people.”
Among Ms. Adams’ supporters present at her announcement were Margaret D'Arrigo Martin, of Taylor Farms and Retired Judge Terrance Duncan. Ms. D’Arrigo applauded Ms. Adams’ track record of excellence and Judge Duncan referred to Adams’ lifelong understanding of the importance of community service.
Ms. Adams’ 30 plus year career in the not-for-profit sector spans many disciplines. Most recently, she served as President of United Way Monterey County, from September 2001 through July 2015, managing annual budgets exceeding $3.5 million. Under her direction, United Way surveyed Monterey County to identify community needs, raised more than $50 million, developed significant countywide programs and directed funds towards multiple community organizations. Previously, she worked to improve public health through her advocacy at the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association, spearheading groundbreaking advances in the world of tobacco legislation.
The election will be held on June 7, 2016.