Renée Golder

Teacher                                                                                                  Age: 42


City Council needs fresh ideas, civility and accountability to address our most challenging issues. Leadership starts with listening, and as your Councilmember, I’ll work with diverse groups to shape a community that is strong for all of our residents.  


For the past 20 years, as a bilingual elementary school teacher, currently at Bay View Elementary; I’ve worked hard every day to help students demonstrate kindness, respect and diversity through their actions. These same values will define how I represent you on the City Council. My husband, a firefighter, and I both attended Santa Cruz’s public schools from kindergarten through college. We are now lucky to raise our children here. We spend our time surfing, biking, hiking, and fishing. Because of my deep gratitude for this community, I have volunteered hundreds of hours on city and school committees ensuring our schools are well funded, our town is safe and clean, and we preserve our beautiful parks, beaches and oceans for everyone to enjoy.


If elected, my priorities are to create more workforce housing, protect our environment, address homelessness, improve our infrastructure, support small businesses, and afterschool programs. We are stronger when we work together for a safe, sustainable city. I'd be honored to receive your vote.