Hector A. Chacon
|Hector A. Chacon|
|Montebello Unified School Board, At-large|
|Years in position||21|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
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.
|Montebello Unified School Board, Full terms, November 5, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Hector A. Chacon Incumbent||23.4%||4,440|
|Nonpartisan||Benjamin Cardenas Incumbent||22.7%||4,305|
|Nonpartisan||Gerri Guzman Incumbent||19.1%||3,635|
|Nonpartisan||Frank Thomas Morales||6.7%||1,265|
|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.
Chacon won re-election to the board on November 3, 2009.
|Montebello Unified School Board, November 3, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Hector A. Chacon Incumbent||27.1%||6,395|
|Nonpartisan||Edwin "Ed" Chau Incumbent||24.4%||5,758|
|Nonpartisan||Gerri Guzman Incumbent||21.4%||5,050|
|Nonpartisan||Carlos Morales Illingworth||17.7%||4,178|
|Nonpartisan||Mary Lou Saavedra||9.5%||2,245|
|Source: Smart Voter|
Chacon explained his reasons for running in 2013 on his campaign website:
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 5% 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:
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.
About the district
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%.
|Racial Demographics, 2010|
|Race||Montebello (%)||California (%)|
|Black or African American||0.9||6.2|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||1||1|
|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.
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- Montebello Unified School District, California
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- Re-elect Chacon for School Board, "Hector's Biography," accessed November 21, 2013
- Los Cerritos News, "Endorsements: Elect Cardenas, Guzman, Chacon and Montoya for the Montebello Unified School District Board of Education," November 1, 2011
- Re-elect Chacon for School Board, "Candidate Statement," accessed November 21, 2013
- Los Cerritos News, "Montebello School Board Member’s Past Arrest Record Mailed to Voters Days Before Polls Open," accessed November 21, 2013
- U.S. Census Bureau "Quick Facts: Montebello" accessed November 21, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014