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Dara Czerwonka For Escondido City Council

DISTRICT 3  (East Escondido And Downtown)

Dara Czerwonka

“I believe I can help my city a little bit better in the city council,” Dara Says. “A central issue in my neighborhood is Harvest Hills Development. I’m not a proponent of it. I don’t believe it’s in Escondido’s best interests. I believe the plan is ill-conceived.”

“There are too many risks of fire and poorly planned evacuation routes. This is a very vulnerable area. Rural areas have a lot of fire risks and not much evacuation routes. I am pro development but it has to be reasonable and smart and I don’t think Harvest Hills meets that criteria.”

Dara Czerwonka

A Public Servant and Leader for Escondido!

Dara is a long-time Escondido resident well known for her:

  1. Leadership in the local non-profit sector;
  2. Past chairmanship of the Palomar Health Board of Directors; and
  3. Current service as a trustee of an east Escondido school district (San Pasqual).

Dara has earned her reputation as a hard-working, dedicated, and energetic professional through her many years of service in public office, her hard-work as a business leader, and compassion as a nonprofit executive. Dara, does her homework before Board meetings EVERY time. Just as important, she is a good listener!

Dara Czerwonka

Education and Family

Dara and Richard have been married for 15 years, and have been blessed with two children. Taryn is a middle school student and Deklan is an elementary school student. Dara and Richard both enjoy sports and can be found most weekends watching their kids’ soccer games. They also love traveling with their kids and volunteering in the community. They are members of the Escondido Charitable Foundation, volunteers with the San Diego Humane Society and the San Pasqual Union School Foundation. Dara is also a member of the noon Tuesday Rotary Club.

Dara completed her BA in 1991 at Providence College, and received her MSW degree from SUNY at Stony Brook with a concentration in Policy, Administration & Research.

Dara Czerwonka

Professional Background

Following receipt of her Masters degree, Dara began her 25 year career as a nonprofit Executive, focusing on health, education and human services. Her professional commitments have resulted in:

  • Better health outcomes for pregnant and parenting women and their children
  • Greater rates of high school graduation and college success for children from low income families
  • Empowered middle and high school girls making good choices for their education and their lives

In addition to an accomplished professional career in service, Dara chose to serve the Escondido and surrounding communities further by running for, and being elected to, the Palomar Health District Board of Directors. During her tenure from 2014 – 2018, Dara is credited with:

√  Successfully advocating to preserve patient and family’s legal rights to make end of life decisions,

√  Bringing innovative mental health treatment models to Escondido such as the state-of-the-art Crisis Stablization Unit,

√  Ensuring Palomar’s collaboration with providers of homeless services so indigent people weren’t returned to the streets of Escondido,

√   A savings of $50million to District tax-payers through bond refinancing

Dara’s leadership skills and thoughtful approach to the daunting challenges in our community led her colleagues on the Palomar Board to elect her Chairperson for three terms.

Why Is Dara Running For City Council?

Dara has a simple vision – HOMES, JOBS & COMMUNITY for Escondido residents. She is committed to using all of her skills and experience to keep Escondido moving forward BY:

  1. ENSURING that there is enough safe and affordable housing in the heart of Escondido. She is a supporter of smart housing development that minimizes fire risk and relies on existing water resources and related infrastructure. She will press developers to include more fire safety planning and traffic mitigation into EVERY proposal!
  2. ATTRACTING businesses and employers who will contribute to the growth of middle class jobs and job opportunities. She will also promote economic development by streamlining the paperwork process for small businesses; and
  3. MAXIMIZING the resources in Escondido that create a strong sense of community for everyone. Whether it’s expanding the Senior, sports and recreation programs, promoting neighborhood watch initiatives, or supporting the expansion of health care services, Escondidans need comprehensive resources in the community they call home.
Serving Escondido

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