OC Mayor and Mother writes book to inspire children – NBC Los Angeles

Letitia Clark is the mother of three and has been part of the local government in the city of Tustin since 2016, when she was elected to the city council. A year ago, she took that commitment a step further when she was elected the suburban city of Orange County’s first female mayor in nearly two decades.

Now she can add “author” to her list of achievements with her book “Mommy is the Mayor.”

The book is designed with diversity in mind, and she brings that message to young children in hopes of removing stereotypes early on.

“My kids can see it,” Clark said. “They see the picture and say, hey, one of these is not the same.”

From a page in a book to the lobby of Tustin City Hall, Clark says the message may be subtle, but its intentions are bold.

“I think that’s a great message for our kids,” she said. “You don’t have to look like everyone else to be a leader and be a voice for others.”

Clark’s own children did not fully understand what a mayor does besides tape cuts and council meetings. So Clark wrote the book for them.

“What does a mayor do?” the book reads. “She seemed a little surprised, but said ‘Let me show you’.”

Clark also wrote the book because Orange County has an African American population of only 2% and there are only a handful of black faces in the city government.

“Because not enough African Americans and African American women are elected, it feels like an anomaly,” said Sally Henderson, who runs the Women’s Leadership Council, an organization that teaches colored women how to be elected. “But it gets more normalized the more it happens.”

With his youngest son, Zavier, born just two months ago, Clark is now the mother of another young child. She hopes the message will also resonate with him when he can read.

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