Seaside, CA — Regina Mason is a tried and true community leader with over 30-plus years of service to the Seaside community. She was born, raised and has always lived in Seaside. She is a past 10-year Advisor for the Monterey County NAACP Youth Council where she mentored many young people who are now school teachers, entrepreneurs and successes in other professions. In 1993, she helped co-found the annual Monterey County Youth Summit first held in August of 1994, that, for 25 consecutive years, brought youth together from throughout Monterey County to address problems they faced as well as develop relations with each other across ethnic as well as geographic lines. Meanwhile she continued over the years to also serve on the Monterey County Branch-NAACP’s Executive Committee, chaired its membership committee as well as serving as chief fundraiser helping to bring in such luminary civil rights figures to the Peninsula as the late Julian Bond, Former NAACP National Vice Chair Rosalyn Brock and our own past NAACP President/CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous among others. In 2016, she was elected President of the Monterey County Branch-NAACP during which she co-founded the Poor Peoples Campaign for Monterey County and the LULAC-NAACP Coalition for Monterey County to deal with the issues that are common to Latinxs and African Americans. A Social Worker by profession, she has been a long-time advocate for a Community Social Worker for the Seaside Community. Interestingly, the City of Seaside is now hiring for such a social worker.
She ran a brief almost last minute campaign for Seaside City Council in 2018 and still finished third with nearly 2,400 votes. When former City Councilperson Kayla Jones resigned, the Council had an opportunity to appoint her to the vacant seat. They chose, instead, to appoint a “safe” unknown person – Alisa Kispersky – to that seat, an act that outraged great numbers of people in the community who believed that those Councilmembers did not want to have an outspoken, strong, African American woman to contend with.
She is the only candidate that has a comprehensive COVID-19 Economic Recovery Program for the community, one that places a primacy on small business development and support in this process. She is the only candidate that speaks forthrightly and concretely about how development of the land at the former Fort Ord can be a major part of that development – to include low-income housing – while making sure that descendants of the military – many of whom are homeless or living with housing insecurities – are “at the table” when decisions about that land and development are being made. This is in line with her campaign theme of “nothing about us without us”. Her education and professions uniquely position her to work with social as well as economic issues. In addition to having served on the Seaside/Sand City Chamber of Commerce, she worked for ten years in the corporate world for the local office of Ross Pierot’s Electronic Data Systems as the head of its Human Resources Department. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. As a social work supervisor in Child welfare for Monterey County for nearly 20 years, she was able to change the way that child welfare units treated underserved families and children. A staunch unionist, she was a shop steward for SEIU Local 521. In 2008, she co-founded a nonprofit organization – The Village Project, Inc. – that provides mental health counseling, educational support and a myriad of other services for underserved families and children in this community and beyond.
She has been endorsed by a number of organizations, to include the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Latinos Unidos en Seaside (made up of residents and Latino businesses in Seaside), the Building and Construction Trades Council for Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties (26 unions make up its membership), Union Association Local 62 of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union and is supported by the Monterey County Association of Realtors. The Seaside Post News urges residents of the Seaside community to vote for Regina Mason for Seaside City Council on November 3.