why I AM RUNNING
I believe that public policy has the power to improve people’s lives, and that elected officials have an obligation to be clear-eyed about what’s not working.
Today a lot of things aren’t working, and people are struggling. The rent is too high. Young and working people see buying a home to be ever further out of reach. The growing number of homeless need our compassion, and we need to find them homes. We also need to ensure that people who suffer from mental illness or addiction get the care they need, not to wallow in unsafe camps in our parks and on our streets.
We need to encourage economic growth, with good jobs for our region. And we need to champion the workers, so they have projections in the workplace, and an opportunity for their families to get ahead.
And we must use every opportunity to address climate change. We need massive investments in renewal energy, green jobs, and public transit.
As an advocate, I led a successful campaign to transform empty MTS parking lots into affordable homes. I secured a half-billion dollars to finally build a rail connection to the San Diego International Airport. In La Mesa, I reformed our local rules to allow home owners to invest in their properties with remodels and backyard cottages.
During my time in public service, I’ve never been satisfied with the status quo, and I’ve pushed for solutions that solve real problems.
If elected to the State Assembly, I will be a fierce and effective advocate for our region. I’ve never been afraid to speak truth to power, and to call for change where it’s needed.
Congressman Scott Peters, 50th Congressional District
Assemblymember David Alvarez, District 80
Assemblymember Tasha Boerner, District 77
Catherine Blakespear, California State Senator District 38
Colin Parent is the Vice Mayor of the La Mesa City Council. He was born and raised in San Diego County and graduated from Valhalla High School. He is an Eagle Scout, and was a member of Troop 362 in El Cajon. Colin received his Bachelors from the University of California, San Diego followed by his Juris Doctorate from the NYU School of Law. Over the last two decades, Colin served in the Jerry Brown administration as the Director of External Affairs for the California Department of Housing and Community Development, and as the Director of Policy at the San Diego Housing Commission. Currently, he works as the Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel for Circulate San Diego, a nonprofit that advocates for public transit, safe walkable neighborhoods, and affordable homes.
In his spare time, Colin co-founded the San Diego Leadership Alliance, an organization that prepares young San Diegans to engage in civic leadership. As a board member of the League of Conservation Voters San Diego, he chaired the first ever coalition to grade the environmental records of elected officials in the City of San Diego.