Peggi Chute, author of “Soul of a Nation: A Historical Novel About Selma,” and Mara Elliott, Candidate for City Attorney, Speak

peggi-chute-picThis upcoming Thursday, June 4th, the Pacific Beach Democratic Club would like to introduce you to a very special guest, author and peace activist Peggi Chute! Copies of her book, “Soul of a Nation: A Historical Novel About Selma” will be available for autograph and sale.

About the Author: Peggy Chute published “Soul of a Nation: A Historical Novel about Selma” in time for the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, and attended the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Pettus Bridge crossing in Selma.

Ms. Chute is a life-long activist for peace and social justice. After the Columbine, Colorado mass shootings she created the Teaching Peace Project for the Council of Churches and Synagogues in Stamford, Connecticut. She  serves as its director and has taught the program in three school districts. Ms. Chute served on Mayor Dannel Malloy’s Council on Youth, and also ran a workshop at the First United Nations Conference at the UN annex in New York. She and her partner, Gary Hansen, are currently elected Board Members of the Lake San Marcos Democratic Club.

We’ll also be welcoming on June 4th Candidate for City Attorney, Mara Elliott.

Mara-ElliottAbout the candidate: One of San Diego’s distinguished public service attorneys, Mara Elliott currently serves as a Chief Deputy City Attorney leading the City’s legal team to tighten laws associated with fraud, waste and abuse, to expand equal opportunity programs available to small and disadvantaged businesses, to eliminate discrimination in contracting, to hold polluters accountable, to ensure fair wages for working people, to streamline City contracting processes, and to protect equal access to the disabled.

Previously, Mara served as general counsel to community colleges and K-12 school districts, where she worked to advance public education, the County of San Diego, where she advised on low-income housing, finance, and public safety issues, and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board, where she worked to advance access to public transit.

A long-time community leader, Mara Elliott co-chairs a committee of the San Diego Lawyers Club, an organization whose mission is to advance the status of women in the law, and serves as a trustee on the San Diego County Law Library Board. Mara is also a parent leader on her sons’ local elementary School Site Council, and volunteers her time for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, where she was recently honored as Advocate of the Year.