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Gerri Guzman

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Gerri Guzman
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Montebello Unified School Board, At-large
Former member
Term ends
November 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 8, 2005
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Montebello City Treasurer
Office website
Gerri Guzman was an at-large member of the Montebello School Board. She lost her re-election bid against five other candidates on November 5, 2013. Guzman was first elected to the board in 2005.


Guzman holds a degree in Business Marketing. She worked for nine years as an aide to Representative Grace Napolitano. Guzman served as the Montebello City Treasurer from 1999 to 2007. She has three children.[1][2]



See also: Montebello Unified School District elections (2013)


Guzman ran against fellow incumbents Benjamin Cardenas and Hector A. Chacon along with challengers Lani Cupchoy, Sonia Saucillo-Valencia and Frank Thomas Morales on November 5, 2013.


Montebello Unified School Board, Full terms, November 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHector A. Chacon Incumbent 23.4% 4,440
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBenjamin Cardenas Incumbent 22.7% 4,305
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLani Cupchoy 19.6% 3,717
     Nonpartisan Gerri Guzman Incumbent 19.1% 3,635
     Nonpartisan Sonia Saucillo-Valencia 8.6% 1,642
     Nonpartisan Frank Thomas Morales 6.7% 1,265
Total Votes 19,004
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 18, 2013


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


The Los Cerritos News endorsed Guzman on November 1, 2013.[3]


Guzman won re-election to the board on November 3, 2009.

Montebello Unified School Board, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHector A. Chacon Incumbent 27.1% 6,395
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEdwin "Ed" Chau Incumbent 24.4% 5,758
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGerri Guzman Incumbent 21.4% 5,050
     Nonpartisan Carlos Morales Illingworth 17.7% 4,178
     Nonpartisan Mary Lou Saavedra 9.5% 2,245
Total Votes 23,626
Source: Smart Voter

Campaign themes


Guzman explained her reasons for running in 2013 in an interview with EGP News:[4]

I am running so that I can continue to use my experience, education, and resources to ensure that our District remains fiscally sounds and accountable. As I’ve done over the past 11 years, I will persist in raising test scores, keeping our schools safe, increasing graduation rates, engaging parents, providing a healthy learning environment and quality educational opportunities to all students.

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 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.[5]

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.[6]


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%.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2010[6]
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.[7] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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