Hector A. Chacon

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Hector A. Chacon
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Montebello Unified School Board, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 22
Board President
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected1993
Term limitsN/A
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Hector A. Chacon is an at-large member of the Montebello School Board. He won re-election against five other candidates on November 5, 2013. Chacon was first elected to the board in 1993.


Chacon became the youngest person elected to the Montebello Unified School Board in 1993. He was 26 years old when he was inaugurated for his first term.[1]



See also: Montebello Unified School District elections (2013)


Chacon ran against fellow incumbents Benjamin Cardenas and Gerri Guzman 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


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


The Los Cerritos News endorsed Chacon on November 1, 2013.[2]


Chacon 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


Chacon explained his reasons for running in 2013 on his campaign website:[3]

I have dedicated my life to serving the students of MUSD with honesty and integrity for 20 years. As Board Members, we oversee a complex budget of $250 million dollars, and are responsible for managing 3,000 employees and the education of 55,000 students at more than 30 schools. Representing one of the largest districts in Los Angeles County, as Board President, I am proud to report that MUSD is considered a model district by the State.

We have one of the highest graduation rates in California, and one of the lowest dropout rates. The daily attendance rate for students is over 95%. Newsweek Magazine ranked Schurr High School and Bell Gardens High School in the top five% of schools in America. Montebello High School earned an outstanding 6-year WASC accreditation. Despite the State’s economic cuts, the Board did not layoff any teachers or employees, and we balanced our budget on time! We have also increased our reserves by several million dollars. Moreover, we continue to provide after-school programs, summer school, busing, and many other vital student and community services.

We built the Montebello Applied Technology Center, which provides career pathways for students and college readiness courses. We built a new Aquatic Center for Schurr High School, renovated many of our other schools, while making school safety a top priority.

Under my leadership, we secured a $7 million dollar grant allowing us to distribute over 12,000 computers to our students. We obtained another $7 million dollars to expand our Head Start program. We received a $1.2 million dollar grant to support high school counselors. We acquired a public safety grant to hire more police officers, and created a police explorer mentor program. To save local taxpayers over $1,000,000, we refinanced our bonds. Our energy conservation plan saved $1 million dollars. Our innovative budgeting policy has established a strong foundation to secure the educational future of our children.

With your continued support, I plan to focus on the following goals:

  • Providing a safe learning environment.
  • Being an advocate for our students, parents and teachers.
  • Enhancing our test scores.
  • Bringing millions of dollars into our district.
  • Balancing our budget responsibly.
  • Raising thousands of dollars for student scholarships.
  • Being accountable to you.

I am asking for your vote once again. Our students deserve the best.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

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.[4]

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.[5]


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%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
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 rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[6][7]

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