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John Paul Tabakian
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Former candidate for
Board member, Torrance Unified School District, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolWest High School
Associate'sLos Angeles Trade-Technical College
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Los Angeles
Master'sCalifornia State University, Los Angeles
Ph.D.California State University, Northridge
ProfessionSmall business owner
Personal website
Campaign website
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John Paul Tabakian was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Torrance Unified School District Board of Trustees that was up for general election on November 5, 2013.


John Paul Tabakian is a small business owner of Tabakian Inc. and college professor that has lived in Torrance for 34 years. Tabakian is also the author of “The Academic Entrepreneur: An Examination Of Factors That Influence Academic Entrepreneurialism Among Community College Faculty.” Tabakian earned his Associate's degree from Los Angeles Trade-Technical College and his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from California State University, Los Angeles. He earned his Ph.D. in education from California State University, Northridge.[1]



See also: Torrance Unified School District elections (2013)


John Paul Tabakian ran against three incumbent candidates Martha Deutsch, Michael Patrick Wermers and Mark Steffen.[2]

Election results

On November 5, 2013, Martha Deutsch, Mark Steffen and Michael Patrick Wermers were re-elected to the Torrance Unified School District Board of Education.

Torrance Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMartha Deutsch 27.4% 5,657
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark Steffen 26.9% 5,554
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Patrick Wermers 23.7% 4,886
     Nonpartisan John Paul Tabakian 21.9% 4,524
Total Votes 20,621
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 13, 2013


Tabakian has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.


John Paul Tabakian has received official endorsements from 66th Assembly District Republican Party Central Committee, California School Employees Association Chapter 845 and Service Employee Union - Local 99. He has also received endorsements from UA Local Union 250, Los Angeles Pipefitters, Los Angeles Federation of Labor and the Lomita / Torrance Republican Assembly.[3]

Campaign themes

Vocational Trades

Middle and high school students no longer have any vocational trade programs at their schools. Automotive, electrical, cooking, and shop classes are no longer available. The district has been relying heavily on Southern California Regional Occupation Center (SCROC) to take up the slack. The clock is ticking with the possible closure of SCROC within two years. This possibility has yet to dawn on your elected representatives. One reason is that there are those in our society who do not value vocational trades as highly as they do academics.

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

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Martha Deutsch, Mark Steffen and Michael Patrick Wermers filed seeking re-election and were opposed by one challenging candidate, John Paul Tabakian.

About the district

See also: Torrance Unified School District, California
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Torrance Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California in Torrance, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 145,438 residents.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Torrance (%) California (%)
White 51.1 57.6
Black or African American 2.7 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.0
Asian 34.5 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.4
Two or More Races 5.5 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 16.1 37.6


Torrance outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. The median household income in Torrance was $75,885 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 43.7% of Torrance residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 30.2 in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Torrance was 7.2% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 92.5% of Torrance residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[6]

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