I read with amazement Sunday's front page story about Sheree Lustgarten, the new councilwoman in Patterson. It read, in part: "Most of the 1,665 people who voted for her Nov. 6 likely had no idea she was battered in a former marriage, in another place and time that she'd like to forget.
Her campaign focused on open government, but she kept the book on her former life tightly shut" although she did bring documents to debates, in case she needed them.
I am sure that, if Patterson residents had known about her trials she had to fight to overcome, along with homelessness while raising five children, she would have been the overwhelming winner. Additionally, while in Patterson she worked to improve the community through giving of herself.