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California school board elections draw over 200 candidates

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November 1, 2013

California

By Alex Schaffer

Thirty-eight of the top enrollment school districts in California will be holding elections for a total of 116 seats on November 5, 2013. Few of these districts held primary elections to narrow their candidate fields, so there are 200 candidates vying for seats in contested elections. An additional 27 candidates are running unopposed, which has resulted in several districts canceling elections after no challengers arose to campaign against incumbents who filed to keep their seats. California school board elections are non-partisan, however, local political parties often endorse their preferred candidates.

Candidates across the state are attempting to focus voter attention on issues that range from a multi-district textbook theft ring to the implementation of new Common Core standards.[1] Widespread teacher layoffs and furlough days have become an annual reality for many California school districts, who have explored a variety of methods to eliminate the budget gaps necessitating these fiscal cuts. Some districts, such as West Covina Unified School District, have avoided budget cutbacks by offering early retirement incentives to employees.[2] Other districts, such as Visalia Unified School District, have chosen to launch solar energy projects that are projected to reduce their energy costs by millions of dollars.[3]

Spotlight: Compton Unified School District

Thirteen candidates are competing in the Compton Unified school board election for four seats in a district that serves 24,710 students in 40 schools.[4] The crowded field may result from changing demographics in the district. The majority of the city's population is Hispanic, but no Hispanic representatives sit on either the school board or the city council. Relations within the Compton community have become strained, which is evidenced by the $41 million lawsuit that has been brought against both the school district and the police department alleging racial profiling.[5] The lawsuit's plaintiffs claim the profiling stems back to 2009, which is when Latino parents in the district began to protest the district's inadequate funding for English as a Second Language programs.

Incumbent candidates Margie N. Garrett, Satra D. Zurita and Mae Thomas are facing stiff competition despite Zurita receiving several endorsements from local labor unions and prominent Compton residents.[6] The SEIU Local 99 teachers union endorsed Zurita along with challengers Stephany A. Ortega and Compton College District Governing Board member and former Compton City Clerk Charles Davis, who are both campaigning for at-large seats.[7] The race has also attracted former Miss Compton candidate and community organizer Cierra Amber Evans, who is a member of both the Compton Chamber of Commerce and the Latino Chamber of Commerce.

Candidates

ABC Unified
School District

At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Olympia Chen
UncheckedBox.jpg Daniel Fierro
UncheckedBox.jpg Lynda Johnson
UncheckedBox.jpg Ethan L. Robinson
UncheckedBox.jpg Soo Y. Yoo


Antelope Valley Union High School District
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UncheckedBox.jpg Dana F. Coleman
UncheckedBox.jpg R. Michael Dutton
UncheckedBox.jpg John Hutak
UncheckedBox.jpg James T. "Jim" Lott
UncheckedBox.jpg Paul O. Scott
UncheckedBox.jpg Barbara Willibrand


Azusa Unified School District
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UncheckedBox.jpg Linda Bermudez
UncheckedBox.jpg Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez
UncheckedBox.jpg Veronika R. Delvaux
UncheckedBox.jpg Lisa B. Harrington
UncheckedBox.jpg Helen Jaramillo
UncheckedBox.jpg Debbie Ann Kindred
UncheckedBox.jpg Paul Naccachian
UncheckedBox.jpg Johnny Ramos Sanchez
UncheckedBox.jpg Russell Bryan Rentschler


Baldwin Park Unified School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Carlos Lopez
UncheckedBox.jpg David Lewis Muse
UncheckedBox.jpg Teresa I. Vargas
UncheckedBox.jpg Steve Woods


Bellflower Unified School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Sean Bookout
UncheckedBox.jpg Ted Edmiston
UncheckedBox.jpg Sue S. Elhessen
UncheckedBox.jpg Paul L. Helzer
UncheckedBox.jpg Angelia Parrish
UncheckedBox.jpg Laura Sanchez-Ramirez


Bonita Unified School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Chuck Coyne
UncheckedBox.jpg Patti A. Latourelle

Ceres Unified School District
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UncheckedBox.jpg Betty Davis
District 2
UncheckedBox.jpg Mike Welsh
District 3
UncheckedBox.jpg Valli Wigt
District 5
UncheckedBox.jpg Lourdes Perez


Compton Unified School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Carol Ann Bradley
UncheckedBox.jpg Tomas Carlos
UncheckedBox.jpg Charles Davis
UncheckedBox.jpg Cierra Amber Evans
UncheckedBox.jpg Margie N. Garrett
UncheckedBox.jpg Yolanda Hernandez Lopez
UncheckedBox.jpg William T. Kemp
UncheckedBox.jpg Joseph L. Lewis
UncheckedBox.jpg Francisco Javier Orozco
UncheckedBox.jpg Stephany A. Ortega
UncheckedBox.jpg Diana Padilla
UncheckedBox.jpg Mae Thomas
UncheckedBox.jpg Satra D. Zurita


Covina-Valley Unified School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Charles M. Kemp
UncheckedBox.jpg Richard M. White


Downey Unified School District
Trustee Area 1
UncheckedBox.jpg Victor Manuel Malagon
UncheckedBox.jpg Martha E. Sodetani
Trustee Area 5
UncheckedBox.jpg John N. Anagnostou
UncheckedBox.jpg Nancy A. Swenson
Trustee Area 7
UncheckedBox.jpg Betty Luz Monroy
UncheckedBox.jpg Barbara Rae Samperi
UncheckedBox.jpg Leslie Jane Valencia
UncheckedBox.jpg Bertha Rath Valenzuela


El Monte Union High School District
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UncheckedBox.jpg Florencio Briones
UncheckedBox.jpg Edward Guerrero
UncheckedBox.jpg Ricardo Padilla
UncheckedBox.jpg Maria Elena Talamantes
UncheckedBox.jpg Esthela Torres De Siegrist


El Rancho Unified School District
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UncheckedBox.jpg Rachel D. Canchola
UncheckedBox.jpg Magdalena "Maggie" Cardenas
UncheckedBox.jpg Fernando Centeno
UncheckedBox.jpg Jose Lara
UncheckedBox.jpg Joseph Rivera
UncheckedBox.jpg Aurora R. Villon


Hacienda La Puente Unified School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Joseph K. Chang
UncheckedBox.jpg Bryan Coreas
UncheckedBox.jpg Jeffrey De La Torre
UncheckedBox.jpg Anthony Duarte
UncheckedBox.jpg Penny Fraumeni
UncheckedBox.jpg Henry E. Gonzales


Lancaster School District
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UncheckedBox.jpg William "Bill" Buck
UncheckedBox.jpg Keith Giles
UncheckedBox.jpg Chris Grado
UncheckedBox.jpg Diane V. Grooms
UncheckedBox.jpg Sandy Price
UncheckedBox.jpg John Michael Rosario


Las Virgenes Unified School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Mary Jo Ammon
UncheckedBox.jpg Angela Cutbill
UncheckedBox.jpg Dallas B. Lawrence
UncheckedBox.jpg Ray Pearl
UncheckedBox.jpg Lesli Stein


Lynwood Unified School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Alejandra Becerra
UncheckedBox.jpg Linda M. George
UncheckedBox.jpg Edwin R. Jacinto
UncheckedBox.jpg Alfonso Morales
UncheckedBox.jpg Arturo Ramos
UncheckedBox.jpg Alma-Delia Renteria


Menifee Union School District
Trustee Area 1
UncheckedBox.jpg Reg Bennett
UncheckedBox.jpg Rita J. Peters
Trustee Area 3
UncheckedBox.jpg Ron Ulibarri
Trustee Area 4
UncheckedBox.jpg Randall T. Freeman
Trustee Area 5
UncheckedBox.jpg Jerry Bowman


Modesto City Schools
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg David Allan
UncheckedBox.jpg Cindy Marks
UncheckedBox.jpg Brett McBay
UncheckedBox.jpg Michael Scheid
UncheckedBox.jpg Ruben A. Villalobos
UncheckedBox.jpg Sue Zwahlen
Short term
UncheckedBox.jpg Jordan Dickson
UncheckedBox.jpg Fabiola Garcia
UncheckedBox.jpg Charlie Grom
UncheckedBox.jpg Dean Smeltzer


Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
Trustee Area 3
UncheckedBox.jpg Timothy E. Chaney
UncheckedBox.jpg Carole Dawson
UncheckedBox.jpg Richard Gold


Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Darryl Rodney Adams
UncheckedBox.jpg Ed Hengler
UncheckedBox.jpg Salvador Limon
UncheckedBox.jpg Sean M. Reagan
UncheckedBox.jpg Margarita L. Rios
UncheckedBox.jpg Ana Valencia
UncheckedBox.jpg Mark Owen White


Palmdale School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Juan Carrillo
UncheckedBox.jpg Sandy Corrales
UncheckedBox.jpg Jeffrey E. Ferrin
UncheckedBox.jpg Stacy Fournier
UncheckedBox.jpg David Markov
UncheckedBox.jpg Jeffrey D. Moffatt
UncheckedBox.jpg Joyce Ricks
UncheckedBox.jpg Nancy K. Smith
UncheckedBox.jpg Carol A. Stanford
UncheckedBox.jpg Michelle D. Whitaker
UncheckedBox.jpg Don F. Wilson


Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Anthony Collatos
UncheckedBox.jpg Barbara Lucky
UncheckedBox.jpg Malcolm S. Sharp


Paramount Unified School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Sonya S. Cuellar
UncheckedBox.jpg Alicia M. Linden Anderson
UncheckedBox.jpg Tony Pena


Pomona Unified School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Adrienne D. Konigar-Macklin
UncheckedBox.jpg John Mendoza
UncheckedBox.jpg Roberta A. Perlman
UncheckedBox.jpg Andrew S. Wong


Redwood City Elementary School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Maria Diaz-Slocum
UncheckedBox.jpg Hilary Paulson


Rowland Unified School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Wild Chang
UncheckedBox.jpg Cary C. Chen
UncheckedBox.jpg Lynne Ebenkamp
UncheckedBox.jpg Phillip R. Estrada
UncheckedBox.jpg Gilbert G. Garcia
UncheckedBox.jpg Anne Ma
UncheckedBox.jpg Angelena Marie Pride


Salinas Union High School District
Trustee Area 3
UncheckedBox.jpg Levi E. Ibarra
UncheckedBox.jpg Phillip G. Tabera
Trustee Area 5
UncheckedBox.jpg Meredith Ibarra
UncheckedBox.jpg Eva Marie Martinez
UncheckedBox.jpg Kimberly Morales
Trustee Area 7
UncheckedBox.jpg Lila Cann
UncheckedBox.jpg Fernando R. Elizondo


San Bernardino City Unified School District
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UncheckedBox.jpg Kaisar Ahmed
UncheckedBox.jpg Sonia Fernandez
UncheckedBox.jpg Barbara Flores
UncheckedBox.jpg Abigail M. Medina
UncheckedBox.jpg Joe Navarro
UncheckedBox.jpg Judy Penman
UncheckedBox.jpg Danny Tillman


San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Chelsea Bonini
UncheckedBox.jpg Ed Coady
UncheckedBox.jpg Lory Lorimer Lawson


Saugus Union School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Stacie L. Allegra
UncheckedBox.jpg Douglas A. Bryce
UncheckedBox.jpg Paul De La Cerda
UncheckedBox.jpg Chris Trunkey
UncheckedBox.jpg Judy Egan Umeck


Torrance Unified School District
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UncheckedBox.jpg Martha Deutsch
UncheckedBox.jpg Mark Steffen
UncheckedBox.jpg Michael Patrick Wermers
UncheckedBox.jpg John Paul Tabakian

Turlock Unified School District
Trustee Area 2
UncheckedBox.jpg Tami Harrill-Muniz
UncheckedBox.jpg Deborah Martin
Trustee Area 4
UncheckedBox.jpg Bob Weaver
Trustee Area 6
UncheckedBox.jpg Joe Lewis
UncheckedBox.jpg Jennifer Carter

Ventura Unified School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Mary Haffner
UncheckedBox.jpg Velma L. Lomax
UncheckedBox.jpg John B. Walker


Visalia Unified School District
Trustee Area 1
UncheckedBox.jpg Elda Balderas
UncheckedBox.jpg Charles Ulmschneider
Trustee Area 2
UncheckedBox.jpg Juan R. Guerrero
Trustee Area 3
UncheckedBox.jpg Jim L. Qualls
Trustee Area 4
UncheckedBox.jpg David Alviso
UncheckedBox.jpg John L. Crabtree


Walnut Valley Unified School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Helen M. Hall
UncheckedBox.jpg S. Sean Monemi
UncheckedBox.jpg Cindy M. Ruiz
UncheckedBox.jpg Y. Tony Torng


West Covina Unified School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Eileen Miranda Jimenez
UncheckedBox.jpg Jessica Shewmaker
UncheckedBox.jpg Debbie J. Touhey


Whittier Union High School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Leighton Anderson
UncheckedBox.jpg Jeffrey S. Baird
UncheckedBox.jpg Russell A. Castaneda-Calleros


William S. Hart Union High School District
At-large
UncheckedBox.jpg Bob Jensen
UncheckedBox.jpg Paul B. Strickland
UncheckedBox.jpg Joe Messina


See also

References