By Vina M. Phelps
NATIONAL CITY Jay and Dr. Ceferina Ruiz will host a barbecue fundraiser on July 24, 2004, 11:00-2:00 p.m. at the Ruiz business building on 8th St. in National City to kick off the Filipino-Americans United for Mitz Lee’s all-out support to the candidacy of Mitz Lee for the Board of Education - San Diego Unified School District in the November 2 elections.
This gathering will also mark the official opening of Mitz Lee’s campaign headquarters located at 1341 E. 8th St. in National City.
Mr. Ruiz, who is popularly known for his outstanding leadership in the Filipino community, said he strongly supports Mitz Lee “because, first and foremost, she’s a Filipina and,” he added, “a Filipina with integrity who is highly qualified for the position.” He said that if Mitz Lee wins in the upcoming elections, she will be the first Filipino to be elected in the City of San Diego and, hopefully, could be the start of the opportunity for providing empowerment to Filipinos in the various echelons of the government for representation purposes.
With “Every School A Good School-Every Child Counts” as her campaign slogan, Mitz Lee, said she believes in quality education for children and the maintenance of high standard of education in schools so that children will grow up to become independent and productive citizens. She said, “I have worked hard to build grassroots consensus on restoring excellence to our schools.”
A graduate of University of the City of Manila where she finished BA in Business Administration, and a holder of Masters in Business Administrations from the National University in San Diego, Mitz Lee’s school-related qualifications include: Co-founder of the Alliance for Quality Education; consistent and active participant in the California State Testing and Reporting Performance; Setting Panel for English/Language Arts; Parent Involvement Task Force; Citizens’ Budget Advisory Committee.