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Meet Judy Buchan: Contributing Writer

JudyA resident of Redwood City since 1951, Judy Buchan first began her service to the community as a member of the Centennial Neighborhood Association leading the fight against drug trafficking and gang activity in the Mezes Park area. She was appointed to the Parks and Recreation Commission in 1986, and was elected to the Redwood City Council in 1988, 1992, and 1995. She served as mayor from 1992-1994, and led the city's delegation to Zhuhai, China, in 1993, where she signed the sister city agreement with Zhuhai on behalf of Redwood City. Her term as mayor also saw the City make a significant commitment toward revitalizing the Rolison Road area of the Friendly Acres neighborhood.

Judy worked as an adminstrative coordinator for the Emerging Information Technologies project at Institute for the Future, a nonprofit research and consulting group in Palo Alto, from 1981-1996, when she decided to become a freelancer. At the Institute, she developed her love of writing, which remains strong today.

She just finished her second year (2008-2009) as second grade teacher's aide at Redeemer Lutheran School in Redwood City. While spending one's morning with 24 lively second graders was a daunting task at times, Judy says that helping the kids accomplish their academic goals was an absolute joy. In the coming coming school year, she will once again be known as "Miss Judy" to her students.

It is a delight to be part of the Redwood City community and The Spectrum family," Judy says. "I look forward to bringing more stories of interest and importance to our readers."