Letter to the Editor | Jen Long is a visionary leader

When I met Jen Long three years ago, I soon realized that we had more than a few things in common. Neither of us was a California native. We had each moved to Piedmont around the same time and felt welcomed here. Our teenage children, back then, were both high school sophomores. As I got to know Jen better, though, it became clear she was a kindred spirit. She values community service and working to address unmet needs. She is an upstander who leans into civic engagement. She sees the promise and potential of an inclusive Piedmont and is willing to do the necessary work to get us there. 

Jen won unanimous support when she was appointed to fill a vacant seat on City Council earlier this year. That’s not surprising because she connects easily with others in social and civic leadership spaces. I saw this when Jen partnered with young leaders from Piedmont Middle School to lead a community march. I saw it when she stepped up to serve as co-president of the Piedmont Anti-Racism and Diversity Committee and hit the ground running with popular new programming. I also saw it when she managed my School Board campaign. With Jen at the helm, our campaign team meetings were equally strategic and inspirational, setting the stage for success. 

Jen listens closely and sees beyond the surface. She cares deeply and invests time and brain power to find solutions to challenges. Piedmont needs Jen Long on City Council. She is an effective, informed, and visionary leader. I know she will serve the city well. I am excited to vote for her. I encourage you to vote for her, too. 

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