By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– The League of California Cities (LOCC) elected Apple Valley Town Councilwoman Barb Stanton as President of The Women’s Caucus for 2017-18 during the League’s Annual Conference and Expo in Sacramento.
The election placed her in the presiding role of an organization that was established in 2011 to support women in public. Stanton became a member in 2014 and joined the board in 2015 under President Jan Arbuckle, a council member of Grass Valley.
“Arbuckle’s strong leadership and mentoring readied me for the job. I am thankful for the board’s unanimous support and am honored to lead the women of California,” Stanton said of her election. Her first official role as President was to lead a workshop sponsored by the Women’s Caucus where she acknowledged, “If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be standing right here, right now, I would have laughed. I never envisioned that I would be in this position. I am truly humbled.”
The Women’s Caucus is an influential group of diverse professionals working to remove barriers encountered by women in public office. Directly supporting the League’s mission to restore and protect local control, the Women’s Caucus provides a network to support issues that benefit and empower women at the local level of government.
“My goal is for the organization to become more visible; not just at the league, but in our communities. We have the capability and knowledge to be a resource to the diverse women who live all over our great state. I want to encourage not only women, but communities as a whole, to get involved with local issues,” Stanton replied when asked about her vision for the Caucus. “Sacramento politicians are steadily taking away our ability to thrive. Apple Valley faces a variety of obstacles in retaining revenue due to limited freeway frontage and the cost of water prohibiting growth. These types of issues and how communities are addressing them makes the LOCC and the caucus very worthwhile and valuable resources to our town!”
During the same conference, Town of Apple Valley councilmembers filled two of the forty-eight Director positions on the League’s Board of Directors. Then Mayor Scott Nassif was appointed as a Board Director, representing the Desert Mountain Division as does Stanton. Apple Valley is the only High Desert agency with two elected officials holding director positions on the League’s board.
Apple Valley Mayor Art Bishop shared that Stanton brings balance to the Council through her diversity and passion and believes that same drive will be seen as she assumes her newest role with the League.
“Barb Stanton is a dedicated advocate who strongly supports issues that benefit women at all levels. She was instrumental in bringing The Women’s Caucus back to life,” said Bishop. “I have no doubt that her desire to empower women will be visible in her actions as President.”
As Stanton completes her seventh year on the Town Council she reflects back stating “I have had the opportunity to meet so many incredible women who live right here in our Town of Apple Valley. These women have not only encouraged me, but inspired me to continue to work hard for our community. It’s that hard work that I want to bring the Caucus and the issues that face communities in California.”