I, Jean Hamilton, filed December 12, for Orange County Commissioner, District 1. I am running because I believe commissioners must listen and understand the needs and values of the whole community; work respectfully and collaboratively with other elected officials; use our financial and natural resources efficiently and effectively; and be transparent and accountable. My priorities include investing in our young people through adequate funding of public schools; supporting vulnerable residents including immigrants, people with disabilities, and older adults; protecting our environment; and developing our economy with good jobs, affordable housing, and reliable, convenient transportation.
I have varied training and experience to work effectively to meet those challenges. After receiving a PhD in economics from UC Berkeley, I taught economics at Occidental College, and then conducted public health research at UNC Chapel Hill. I made a career change and earned a Masters in Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill. I then worked as a guardian for adults, as a hospice social worker, as a college student counselor, and now have a counseling private practice. During my years of education and work, I have always been involved in the community. I served on the CHCCS Board, elected from 2005-2009, and appointed from 2010-2011 and in 2019. I served on the board of Women AdvaNCe, and currently serve on the ArtsCenter board. I have been a long-time volunteer for the Democratic Party and I am a member of the NAACP.
As commissioner I will listen, collaborate, ask hard questions, and be a good steward of our resources to meet the present and future needs of Orange County.