|Montebello Unified School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||University of California-Los Angeles|
|Master's||California State University-Los Angeles|
Cupchoy earned a B.A. in History from the University of California-Los Angeles. She later earned a M.A. in History from California State University-Los Angeles. Cupchoy is currently completing her doctoral work at the University of California-Irvine. She has been an instructor at UC-Irvine as well as the Los Angeles Unified School District.
|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|
Cupchoy did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
Cupchoy received the following endorsements during her 2013 campaign:
- Montebello Teachers Association
- Bell Gardens Police Officers Association
- Los Angeles County Federation of Labor-Committee on Political Education (COPE)
- American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees California District Council 36
- The City of Commerce Model City Democratic Club
Cupchoy explained her reasons for running in 2013 in an interview with EGP News:
I am running to fulfill my lifelong commitment to our community and district that has earned me the support of teachers. My unique experience as an educator, daughter of educators, and former M.U.S.D. student, will guide me in reallocating funds from the District level to the classroom to support programs and services that directly benefit students and the people who serve them daily.
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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Montebello Unified School District elections (2013)
- Lani Cupchoy for School Board, "About," accessed November 21, 2013
- Lani Cupchoy for School Board, "Endorsements," accessed November 21, 2013
- EGP News, "Election Preview: Candidates Seek Seats In MUSD, Bell Gardens, Montebello," September 26, 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