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Wiggins Won’t Seek A Second Senate Term; Will Continue To Fight For North Coast Through 2010

August, 2009

 

 

SANTA ROSA—Senator Patricia Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa) announced today that she will re-enter private life when her current term ends in November, 2010.

Wiggins, who served as a Santa Rosa City Councilmember and then in the Assembly for six years before being elected to the Senate in 2006, said that rather than seeking  re-election next year, she will look for other avenues for assisting people living on the North Coast.

Wiggins has had to overcome a variety of health-related issues during her years in office, including a hearing impairment that forced her to wear a headset during committee and floor debates.

“My commitment to fight for the people of the North Coast has not diminished a bit,” Wiggins said. “But, the physical demands of representing a district that stretches from San Francisco Bay to Humboldt Bay, have become progressively more challenging for me.

“I am proud of my legislative accomplishments. I know I have made a difference with my votes and the measures I have carried for my district,” she said. “I am equally proud of the message I have been able to send to everyone who is physically-challenged.

“When I first considered running for the Assembly, some people discouraged me because of my hearing problem. But I was determined to set an example, both as a representative and as a person who refuses to let disabilities get in the way. A dozen years later I am pleased to say I believe I have succeeded on both fronts.

“However, it is also true that my years in office have taken their toll. I think it is now time to move on rather than going through one more campaign,” she said.

Wiggins said she has a lot of people to thank for their support and assistance during her time in the legislature. “This is not a one-person job. Our effectiveness can be traced to outstanding staff assistance and to the many people throughout the North Coast who have shared their time, talent and ideas.

“I look forward to working with all of them in other capacities after my term in office ends,” she said.

Wiggins Endorses
NO on Prop 90

on November, 2006 ballot

More Than 100 Diverse Organizations Representing Homeowners, Taxpayers, Public Safety, Business, Labor, Seniors, Environmentalists, Educators, Local Governments And Property Rights Advocates All OPPOSE Prop 90.

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Wiggins endorses Measure M - download the press release

Pat Wiggins as Susan B. Anthony

Pat Wiggins enacted Susan B. Anthony at the 85th Anniversary of Women Getting the Vote put on by the Mendocino County NWPC, on Saturday, August 27th in the town of Mendocino, on the Kelly House lawn. 

Wiggins said, “They needed a six foot Quaker to play Susan B. Anthony. I’m not a Quaker, but otherwise I qualify.  It was quite an honor to be Susan B. Anthony for a day because she was so dedicated to the cause of women getting the vote. Susan traveled endlessly around the country to speak in all kinds of weather, trudging through snow and heat. “ 

Susan B. Anthony was born in Massachusetts in 1820 to a strict Quaker family. Her father was a strong advocate of abolishing slavery and giving the vote to African Americans. Susan first took up the cause of temperance and wanted strong liquor laws to protect women and children from abusive, drunken, men. But she often was not allowed to speak because she was a woman, and began to see the value of women voting to support such laws. She had the same experience campaigning for abolition, which touched her soul deeply. Supporters of abolition declared that African Americans MALES should get the vote first, then take up women’s vote later. That did not sit well with Susan.

So Susan convinced the inspectors of voter registration that the Constitution was silent on women, it just said men. And she voted. But she was put on trial for voting, was not allowed to speak at her trial, and was fined $100. She was very proud of the fact that she never paid the fine. Susan wanted to go to jail to make women’s vote a national issue. Unfortunately for her, the lawyer representing her posted bail without her knowledge. The Judge, who was extremely harsh with Susan, would not sentence her to jail because he knew as well that would garner sympathy. 

Important for the cause of women’s suffrage, Susan, in her later years, successfully trained young women to campaign for women’s vote. 

Susan B. Anthony died 14 years before women got the vote, at the age of 86. At her funeral, 10,000 people paid their respects in driving snow. By then she was world famous. 

The 19th Amendment, giving women voting rights, passed in 1920. It was hailed as the “Anthony Amendment.”

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