Said Bruen, "Every 10 years, we have a census that goes into the re-drawing of our congressional districts, our state districts and our board of equalization district." The committee relies on public input and public information such as that provided by Westa-Lusk. Said Bruen, "But I'm not going to shy away from the fact that it has an incredible amount of private lobby interest working throughout the process, and Renee stood up from day one when she sent me an email and asked me if I was going to take care of this... This is somebody that not only fully understands the issue, but was advocating for our community in such an incredible way. There was no way I could say no to her."
Westa-Lusk was credited for providing Bruen a list of who's who and what's what in the process. Said Bruen, "I truly believe that, if she had not given me this information, we would have had a different outcome... I can tell the $3.7 billion worth of reconstruction that is happening on our base right now is the direct result of the relationship that Peggy Breeden, Kevin McCarthy, Senator Diane Feinstein and so many other people had to ensure the protection of this community following the July 2019 earthquakes. And that happens because we work those relationships."
Westa-Lusk was also quoted as telling Bruen, "If you guys don't care, we are going to lose it."
Westa-Lusk praised her husband for standing by her throughout the number of hours she spent watching committee meetings, often times held during the "dinner hours." "I thank Mayor Bruen for making it possible to receive the Key to the City of the Ridgecrest. I also thank all the members of the city council, David Janiek and all the others for their support and giving testimonies for their redistricting hearings."
Westa-Lusk said she was humbled in receiving the key. Said Westa-Lusk, "Receiving this Key to the City makes me so thankful for my work on this redistricting for 18 months has not gone unnoticed."
Westa-Lusk said she was passionate about working on the redistricting project because she realized the valley needed to be in a district that continues to be "the strongest and most advantageous possible on the state and federal levels of government."
Said Westa-Lusk, "I believe in this community and the condition of China Lake, and I will always support you."
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