I just learned of the passing of former OC Supe Harriett Wieder. She died a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to make this post. RIP.
By Randy Economy
In case you didn't know, former Orange County Supervisor Harriett Wieder passed away earlier this month.
She was 89.
Harriett was a political icon in Orange County. I had the honor to work for her back in the 1980's when she was running for reelection to the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
She really was one of a kind - a political and community leader in Orange County for over 35 years as past mayor of Huntington Beach and the first woman to become Orange County supervisor. I spent lots of time with her back then at her amazing Huntington Harbor home, and she was a tireless campaigner.
Harriett was "brassy" and ALWAYS told you what was on her mind. We need more people like Harriett in public office today. She hated "party politics" and even though she was a Republican, she endorsed Bill Clinton and loved tons of human rights causes.
(Hey, if my old pal Micheal Mercier reads this, drop me a note, M! We had lots of fun with Harriett...good times).
She bravely & successfully fought lung cancer a few years ago, and enjoyed her life of retirement at the Balboa Bay Club, but remained active in many of her favorite political & community organizations.
The life of Harriett Wieder
Born: Oct. 7, 1920
1970s: Worked as assistant to former Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty
1974: Elected to Huntington Beach City Council
1976: Elected Huntington Beach mayor
1978: Became first woman elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors, representing the 2nd District.
1988: Launched a GOP primary run for the 42nd District congressional seat. During the campaign, opponents reveal that she lied about her education. Wieder loses to Dana Rohrbacher.
1992: Endorses Bill Clinton for president, drawing stinging criticism from Orange County Republican leaders.
1993: Spurred the board to enact a county ordinance banning gifts to supervisors and their aides. It is the strongest such ordinance in the state.
1994: Decided against running for re-election to the board. Later that year, on Dec. 6, county filed for protection under federal bankruptcy laws.
1995: Retired from county board
Source: The Orange County Register
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