What local issues in your district affect you that make you want to run for office?
O’Hara said she moved to the UCSC campus in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. She said she “saw a really strong need for the community of students that were moving back to campus to have an advocate.”
“There’s kind of a long history of some adversarial positions between the students and neighbors, especially around rental housing and competing for rental housing in our community. And I don’t think it needs to be like that,” O’Hara said. “I really saw an opportunity to forge a connection between the community of students up here that now I live amongst, and the community of families and neighbors in Santa Cruz that I’ve been a part of for the last 17 years.”
What is your dream for your district?
“District 5 is a really very diverse and interesting district” that includes UCSC students, artist housing at the Tannery, single-family homes on the Upper Westside, an industrial area in Harvey West and a mobile home park, O’Hara said. “My dream for District 5 is to have strong representation at the council that can really create connections between all of those different groups of folks in the district,” O’Hara said.
“Everybody comes from a different perspective, but I think we all want the same thing for our community,” she said. “For all us, everybody to thrive and feel like they can live here and, and have a supportive experience.”
Fun fact about O’Hara
“I’m super obsessed with interior design and house plants,” O’Hara said. “I really enjoy that aspect of family life in terms of creating a space where everybody feels comfortable.”
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