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