Karen S. Kim
While some legislative candidates on November's ballot have done
little to campaign for an election just three months away, North
Hollywood teacher Ingrid Geyer has been pounding the pavement.
The 58-year-old Los Angeles Unified School District teacher, who
is challenging Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Burbank) of the 43rd
District, has been keeping busy in the past several weeks, canvassing
neighborhoods and meeting voters.
"I tell people, 'I'm just like you and everybody I encounter every
day,'" Geyer said. "Because I'm just like them, they talk to me, and
I think they trust me. I know what people want."
Geyer, who has lived in North Hollywood just past its border with
Burbank for 17 years, said she is a serious candidate who is in this
race to win.
"We're working very hard, because we see it as a challenge," said
Don DeSimone, Geyer's campaign manager. "It's like David and Goliath,
but we have our slingshot. We're not just a name on a ballot, by any
Her dissatisfaction with how today's legislators are representing
their constituents is what motivated Geyer's first run for public
office, she said.
"I'm very concerned about the direction the government is going
in," said Geyer, who teaches visually impaired children throughout
LAUSD. "I'm especially concerned with the economy and what it's doing
to education because I'm in it every day of my life.
"A good, equal education, and equal opportunity upon completion,
is the key to curing our society's woes. I'm unhappy with the way the
economy is now, and the people who are in power are the ones who
voted for the situation we're in now."
Geyer said the schools are suffering because of a mismanaged
budget. If she is elected, Geyer said she will focus mainly on
California's energy situation, economy and education system.
"I've gotten my opinions from living my life," she said. "And I
feel I offer a different perspective from what's already out there."