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C.J. Salgado

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C.J. Salgado
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Former candidate for
Montebello Unified School Board, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force
C.J. Salgado was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Montebello School Board. He lost his election bid for an unexpired two-year term on November 5, 2013.


Salgado holds a B.A. in Physics and a M.B.A.. He works as a physicist, manager and recruiter. Salgado is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.[1]



See also: Montebello Unified School District elections (2013)


Salgado ran against incumbent Paul Montoya and challenger Edgar Cisneros on November 5, 2013.


Montebello Unified School Board, Unexpired term, November 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEdgar Cisneros 46.2% 3,614
     Nonpartisan Paul Montoya Incumbent 40.1% 3,137
     Nonpartisan C.J. Salgado 13.6% 1,064
Total Votes 7,815
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 18, 2013


Salgado did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Campaign themes


Salgado explained his reasons for running in 2013 in an interview with EGP News:[2]

For me, it’s a chance to give back to the community in a meaningful way by putting my strengths to work for the kids through the Board. I’ll pursue a vigorous commitment to academic excellence, good stewardship, and sensible connection to the modern world.

What was at stake?

Controversial campaign mailer

A campaign committee called the Voters for Good Government sent out a mailer prior to the election pointing out domestic violence charges against Gerri Guzman in September 2012. The mailer included a copy of the arrest record from Los Angeles County, a mug shot and text connecting the arrest to Guzman's failures as a board member. Guzman was never prosecuted in connection with the charges due to lack of evidence. She expressed disappointment that the mailer attempted to use domestic violence as a campaign issue. Voters for Good Government was registered to local political operative David Gould.[3]

About the district

Montebello Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California
Montebello Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California. According to the 2010 Census, the population of Montebello is 62,500.[4]


Montebello lagged behind state rates for higher education achievement, median income and poverty according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with Bachelor's degrees (16.7%) was lower than the state average (30.2%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated a median income of $52,496 in Montebello and $61,632 for California. Montebello had a poverty rate of 15% in 2010 while California's poverty rate was 14.4%.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Montebello (%) California (%)
White 53.8 57.6
Black or African American 0.9 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1 1
Asian 11 13
Native Hawaiian 0.1 0.4
Two or More Races 3.7 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 79.3 36.7

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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