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Santa Cruz County, CA November 5, 2002 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Mardi Wormhoudt

Candidate for
County Supervisor; County of Santa Cruz; Supervisorial District 3

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Mardi Wormhoudt has served the Santa Cruz community for over twenty years and was first elected to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors in 1994.

From 1981 to 1990, she sat on the Santa Cruz City Council and was elected Mayor three times, serving as Mayor during the very difficult period after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

She is the mother of four grown children.

Here is her complete resume:


  • Graduated with High Honors in Philosophy from California State University at Los Angeles, June 1967


January 1995 to present

  • Santa Cruz County Supervisor, Third District. Chair - 1997

Current Board Assignments:

Advisory Council - Area Agency on Aging Citizenship Task Force Community Action Board Cultural Council Board of Directors Environmental Health Appeals Commission Hazardous Materials Appeals Commission Immigration Policy Task Force Integrated Waste Management Local Task Force Local Agency Formation Commission Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Task Force Santa Cruz County Job Training Task Force Santa Cruz-Monterey County Managed Medical Care Commission Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission Winter Shelter Advisory Committee

March 1992 to December 1994

  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Santa Cruz Community Credit Union; responsible for 19 million dollar financial institution with 6,300 members and 30 employees.

February 1992 to February 1993

  • Director of the Solidarity Committee, Santa Cruz Central Labor Council and Monterey/Santa Cruz Building Trades Council; responsible for initiating economic development projects and developing legislative strategies to benefit organized labor.

November 1981 to November 1990

  • City Council Member, City of Santa Cruz
  • Three time Mayor, 1984-85, 1988-89, 1989-90

1973 to 1981

  • Small business owner in Pasadena and Santa Cruz, California; provided consulting services to architects and interior designers and full service projects for business and residential clients.

1971 to 1973

  • Project Director, Martin Luther King Center, Pasadena California; developed and managed programs in the areas of education and housing advocacy for low income people.

1967 to 1969

  • Case Worker, Los Angeles Department of Social Services


  • Member, Bayview School Site Council, 1977-80

  • Member, Santa Cruz City Schools District Advisory Committee. Chair, 1979-80

  • Member, Westside Community Health Center Board of Directors, 1979-81

  • Member, Downtown Neighbors Association, 1979 to present. Vice-President, 1979-83

  • Member, Pacific Garden Mall Commission, 1980-81

  • Member, Lighthouse Field Advisory Committee, 1981-83

  • Member, Wharf Advisory Committee, 1981-83

  • Member, Cultural Council Board of Directors, 1983-88

  • Member, Local Agency Formation Commission, 1982-84 and 1985-88

  • Member, Santa Cruz County Transportation Commission Board of Directors,1983-90. Chair, 1984-85

  • Member, Louden Nelson Community Center Advisory Committee, 1981-90

  • Member, UCSC-City Housing Task Force, 1985-86

  • Member, UCSC Long Range Development Planning Committee, 1985-86

  • Member, Mayor's Selection Committee, 1984-85 and 1988-90. Chair, 1984-85

  • Member and Chair, Performing Arts Facility Task Force, 1989

  • Member and Chair, Focus Downtown Task Force, 1989

  • Member and Co-Chair, Vision Santa Cruz, Post Earthquake Recovery Committee, 1990

  • Member and Chair, Downtown Streetscape Committee, Post Earthquake Recovery Committee, 1990

  • Member, Technical Advisory Committee to the Redevelopment Agency, 1990

  • Member, Redevelopment Agency Board of Directors, 1981-90. Chair, 1984-85 and 1988-90

  • Member, UCSC Women's Center Board of Directors, 1985 to present. Co-Chair, 1985 to present

  • Member, Santa Cruz AIDS Project, 1989 to present. President, 1991

  • Member, Community Foundation Public-Private Leadership Committee on Housing, 1990-93

  • Member, Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building Board of Trustees, 1994

  • Delegate, Democratic State Convention 1988-90

  • Delegate, Let Nicaragua Live Tour for the Coalition for Nicaragua, 1986

  • Delegate, Sister City Delegation to Alushta, USSR, 1987


  • Ordinance Establishing the Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women, 1981

  • Ordinance establishing protection policies to prevent offshore oil drilling, 1985

  • City Economic Development Policy, 1985


  • National Women's Political Caucus Woman of Achievement Award, 1981

  • Resolution of Commendation, Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, 1981 and 1990

  • Women's International League for Peace and Freedom International Women's Day Woman of Distinction Award, 1982

  • People's Democratic Club Woman of the Year, 1988

  • Resolution of Commendation, California State Assembly, 1988 and 1990

  • Resolution of Commendation, Senate Rules Committee, 1988 and 1990

  • Resolution of Commendation, Congress Member Leon Panetta, 1988

  • Democratic Women's Club Woman of the Year, 1990

  • Soroptomist International Woman of Distinction Award, 1990

  • California State Assembly Woman of the Year Award, 1991

  • Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women Ten Year Anniversary Award, 1991

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