Mary Adams Raises $100,000 in Campaign for Monterey County Supervisor

Today, retired United Way Monterey County CEO Mary Adams announced that she has raised $100,000 in her campaign for Monterey County Supervisor District 5. Nearly 180 donors have contributed to the campaign to date, with contributions ranging from $25 to $10,000.

“To have such strong community support is truly an honor,” said Adams. “We are building a far-reaching grassroots campaign, and over the next six months we will focus solely on the Primary Election of June 7th. In order to bring my approach of leadership to the Board of Supervisors, to make county government more responsive, and preserve what matters in our special community, we need to win.”

Local campaign insiders believe Adams is strongly positioned heading into 2016. 

“For a first-time candidate, it is amazing to see Mary inspire people and bring people together,” said Noah Finneburgh, campaign advisor. “Our campaign is off to a strong start and will build on Mary’s record of selfless public service, leadership and deep knowledge of the county. She has proven she can get results for the residents of Monterey County.”

Adams is running in the June 2016 election, and is seeking to represent District 5, which includes Carmel, Carmel Valley, Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Monterey, Hwy 68, and Las Palmas.


Ready to Lead, Ready to Serve

People throughout our county are calling for change. Monterey County residents are frustrated about leaders who do not lead and do not listen, decisions that cater to special interests, and longstanding challenges around traffic and water that have gone unaddressed. Our community is ready for new, responsive, more effective leadership. Throughout her career, people have sought out Mary Adams to save and improve complex not-for-profit businesses and lead them to success, improving the lives of people she serves. Today, Mary Adams is being called to serve once again.

A Lifetime of Accomplishment: Leading United Way and Other Large Nonprofit Businesses

For more than 30 years, Mary ran several large nonprofit organizations. She served as Executive Director of the American Cancer Society in Monterey County, VP of Programs for the American Diabetes Association, and as a member of the Children’s Council. For 14 years she was President of United Way Monterey County, where she made a real difference for us. In recognition for her work, Mary received Woman of the Year Awards from the Board of Supervisors’ Commission on the Status of Women and CSU Monterey Bay School of Business.

Bringing People Together to Get Results for Monterey County and California

At the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association, Mary took on Big Tobacco to help reduce tobacco-related illness and death in California. When revenue for these health programs was later threatened, Mary was brought in to save the funding, and received the American Heart Association’s National Time, Feeling, and Focus Award for her work. At United Way, Mary raised more than $50 million for critical local programs. Under her leadership, United Way launched the 2-1-1 hotline, providing free information on local health and human services. She spearheaded the Earn It! Keep It! Save It! program, offering free tax services to many working families who were unaware of the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax refunds. And during the mortgage crisis in 2008, she convened local leaders to help residents stay in their homes.

Protecting What Matters in Monterey County

Our county is unique, and as our Supervisor, Mary will work to protect our special community. She will bring the creative ideas, consensus building, and leadership skills needed to bring people together to solve our biggest challenges, like expanding economic opportunity, protecting our water and land, and improving transportation. She will be an accessible Supervisor, attentive to the needs of every community, and never forget whom she serves. You deserve better – we all deserve better.

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