Former long-time El Centro City Council member Sedalia Sanders was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in April to the California Commission on Aging, Sanders told The Desert Review.
The 25-member volunteer organization, which meets five times a year, advocates for seniors on issues such as housing, transportation, nutrition and healthcare, Sanders said, adding she is the first person from Imperial County to be appointed to it.
“I feel excited for the opportunity. As our population grows older, the needs grow greater. We need to ensure they (seniors) have a quality of life,” said Sanders, who was an El Centro council member from 1984-1999 and again from 2003-15. She lost a reelection bid last November.
Saying she is “a pretty good policy wonk,” Sanders said she is a good fit for the position. She is a retired laboratory technician for the Imperial County Public Health Department, as a city council member, she served on the El Centro Regional Medical Center board and represented El Centro on numerous policy entities, including the California League of Cities.
Her previous gubernatorial appointments are being named vice chair of the Council on California Competitiveness by then-Gov. Pete Wilson and to the 45th Agricultural District board that oversees the county fair by then-Gov. Gray Davis.
Sanders said while her position serves the entire state, she hopes to bring more attention to issues facing Imperial County.
“I would like to have them meet here. We need to illuminate the needs of a small, rural county that may not be seen in an urban area,” Sanders said.