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Mary Lou Finley for Board of Equalization, 3rd District
Mary Lou Finley of San Diego is running for state Board of Equalization in the 3rd District, which includes the southern part of the state from the Mexican border to San Bernardino county inland and to Orange county on the coast, except for the the south-western corner of San Bernardino county and plus the Palos Verdes peninsula and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in Los Angeles county.
(More specifically, the 3rd Board of Equalization District includes all of San Diego, Imperial, Orange and Riverside counties. In Los Angeles county, it includes the communities of Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates, plus the harbor areas of the cities of Los Angeles (more or less the area south of Anaheim Street from Western Avenue to the boundary with Long Beach) and Long Beach (more or less the area south of Anaheim Street from the boundary with Los Angeles to the 710 freeway, the area south of Broadway from the 710 freeway to Ximeno Avenue, and the area south of E. 7th Street and state Highway 22 from Ximeno Avenue to the Orange County line) . In San Bernardino county, it includes the communities of San Antonio Heights, Upland and Rancho Cucamonga (but not Ontario or Fontana), Muscovy, Highland, Redlands and Loma Linda and parts of the city of San Bernardino (more or less the areas east of Waterman Avenue or north of Highland Avenue), and everything north or east of there.)
Candidate Biographical Statement
Mary Lou Finley was born in Missouri in 1944, and came to California with her family in 1945. She and her family returned to Missouri in 1956, and she attended Kansas City Junior College for a year before going on to Asbury College in Kentucky, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 1966. At this point she returned to California, where she worked for Los Angeles County Hospitals as a medical case worker, and took night classes at East Los Angeles College in 1967. She became an activist in the struggle against the Vietnam War through a Methodist student group.
From 1970 to 1980 she again lived in Missouri, working a series of jobs (often two at a time) as a public assistance worker, deputy juvenile officer, refugee assistance worker, day care worker and medical unit clerk. When her father retired in 1980 she moved to Tucson with her parents, but returned to Missouri again after her father's death in 1981. From 1982 to 1989 followed a succession of jobs in Missouri, Arizona, New York and New Jersey in social work, with a year-long stint as a live-in nanny.
Settling in San Diego in 1989, Mary Lou Finley has worked there as a childcare worker, behavioral technician and special education assistant, presently employed by the San Diego Unified School District. She is a member of the California School Employees Association.
Since 1990 Mary Lou Finley has been active in the Native American Rights Network. Working with people she met through this group, she became an active supporter of the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, and became active in the Peace and Freedom Party in the early 1990s. She has been involved in San Diego with work against police brutality, and with local political campaigns for progressive candidates.
While she still gets in a little hiking, Mary Lou spends her limited spare time reading histories, biographies and mystery stories.
Her concern with the distorted California tax system, in which the burden has been placed mainly on working people while taxes on the rich have been cut repeatedly, has led Mary Lou Finley to seek the Peace and Freedom Party nomination for Board of Equalization, California's elected tax board. She is unopposed in the June primary election, and will face the nominees of the Republican and Democratic parties in the November general election.
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This page was last updated on 24 April 2006