LANCASTER – Cassandra Harvey will be nominated for the Lancaster City Council seat, which will be vacated if Vice Mayor Ronald Smith wins a seat in the California State Assembly in November, Mayor R. Rex Parris announced at Tuesday’s council meeting.
Parris said he put considerable thought into the appointment of an individual who would best serve the community and add an even greater depth of knowledge and experience to the existing council.
“Cassandra Harvey is an incredible woman with a very impressive background,” stated Parris. “First and foremost, she is a United States Air Force veteran, who actively served our country. She is also a never-ending force of influence, inspiration and engagement within the community as she fills her numerous roles as a leader in our city. Representing two city commissions, the Lancaster Housing Authority, and multiple service and educational organizations throughout the Antelope Valley, Cassandra offers a distinct breadth of purpose and perspective to our city’s leadership.”
Harvey has been a resident of Antelope Valley since 1986, and has more than 24 years of business and financial experience in a variety of aerospace positions. Currently, she manages Northrop Grumman’s Process Management and Integration organization at its Palmdale site, supporting the company’s Aerospace Systems sector, as well as the Palmdale Manufacturing Center’s war fighters.
Harvey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation from Southern Illinois University (SIU), and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Harvey serves as Vice Chair for the Lancaster Architectural and Design Planning Commission; a City of Lancaster Planning Commissioner; a Lancaster Housing Authority director; and a Lancaster Oversight Board member. She is involved with local school programs, as well as a number of community improvement programs led by various local organizations.
“I am honored to be nominated for this immensely important role,” stated Harvey. “The city’s purpose is to serve our community. I stand with Mayor Parris and the council members in being committed to a successful future for Lancaster, one of sustainable economic growth and development in the community.”
(Information via press release from the city of Lancaster.)
* Smith is running against attorney Steve Fox for the District 36 seat on the California State Assembly. *