Meet Rhonda

Placentia Mayor Rhonda Shader has been in local government leadership since 2016. When she was elected Placentia had $49 in reserves. They now have $15 Million. Highlights of her efforts include:

  • Launching own Fire Department, saving $28,000,000

  • Created California’s first joint City-County infrastructure district, producing 5,000 jobs

  • Streamlined business license processes to help new small businesses

  • Provided housing for homeless veterans

  • Business Grants, flexible City approvals, and other support during COVID

Mayor Shader has served both At Large in Placentia and is currently the District 1 Council Member.  Placentia’s District 1 has similar demographics and voter registration as the 34th Senate District.

With her experience as a small businessowner, Councilwoman, and Mayor, she knows how to bring together best practices from both the public and private sectors.

California has a record budget surplus.  As your Senator, she will fight to:
Empower and fund local governments to combat homelessness
Lower the gas tax and the sales tax to decrease the cost of living
Overturn the laws that enable smash-and-grab robberies
Ensure teachers, firefighters, police officers, and Sheriff’s deputies have the resources they need Fully funding our public schools while still providing charter schools
Deliver State funding to improve traffic on the 5, 22, 55, 57, and 91 freeways

In addition to multiple internal committees withing the City of Placentia she also serves on the Orange County Housing & Community Development Commission, Association of Cities Orange County legislation committee Vice Chair, St Jude Medical Center Community Health Committee and Southern California Edison Government Advisory Panel.  She also serves on the board of Lot318 a Placentia non-profit that serves at-risk youth.

Mayor Rhonda Shader has lived in Placentia with her husband Frank for over 20 years. They have two adult children that live in Southern California. Rhonda is an entrepreneur and owner of an insurance agency in Placentia, where she regularly employs 3-5 people. She is also a Life and Health Coach to individuals and corporate professionals.

Rhonda Shader on Why I am Running for State Senate