Magdalena "Maggie" Cardenas

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Magdalena "Maggie" Cardenas
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Board member, El Rancho Unified School District, At-large
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionSpecial education family liason
Magdalena "Maggie" Cardenas was a candidate for an at-large seat on the El Rancho Unified School District Board of Trustees that was defeated in the general election on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Magdalena "Maggie" Cardenas is an special education family liason in the Pico Rivera community. She has served as President of the Pico Rivera Lions Club and the Pico Rivera March for Peace.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: El Rancho Unified School District elections (2013)

Magdalena "Maggie" Cardenas ran against five other candidates, including incumbents Dr. Joseph Rivera and Rachel D. Canchola, for three seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.[2]

Election results

On November 5, 2013 Jose Lara, Aurora R. Villon and Rachel D. Canchola defeated three challenging candidates for three seats on the El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education.

El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJose Lara 23.2% 1,911
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAurora R. Villon 20.9% 1,726
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRachel D. Canchola 19.5% 1,605
     Nonpartisan Magdalena "Maggie" Cardenas 13.8% 1,141
     Nonpartisan Joe Rivera 12.6% 1,043
     Nonpartisan Fernando Centeno 10% 824
Total Votes 8,250
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013

Funding

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

Endorsements

Magdalena "Maggie" Cardenas did not received any official endorsements for his campaign.

2011

On November 8, 2011, two seats on the El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Delia Alvidrez and Alfred Renteria defeated two challengers.

El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2011, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDelia Alvidrez 28.4% 1,883
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAlfred Renteria 28.2% 1,873
     Nonpartisan Magdalena "Maggie" Cardenas 26.3% 1,746
     Nonpartisan Susan Weinman 17.1% 1,132
Total Votes 6,634
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; El Rancho Unified School District Voter Information" accessed September 24, 2013

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, including the seats of the Vice-President and Board Clerk. Incumbents Rachel Canchola and Dr. Joseph Rivera filed seeking re-election, they were opposed by four challengers.

Issues

Declining enrollment

The student enrollment of El Rancho Unified School District is expected to decrease by 400 over the next school year. This decrease will likely result in a budget decrease of $2.4 million. In order to balance the district budget, the district has been forced to lay off 19 teachers due to these budget decreases. In the 2012-13 school year, the district operated with a $3.8 million budget shortfall. When asked about these budget deficits, budget consultant Pearl Iizuka said ""We are able to meet our obligations for this year and the next two years, each year we have a deficit, but fortunately we have reserves to cover the deficit."[3]

About the district

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El Rancho Unified School District is located in the Southeast Los Angeles County, California in Pico Rivera, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 62,942 residents.[4]

Demographics

Pico Rivera underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. Pico Rivera outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of percentage of residents living below the poverty level. The median household income in Pico Rivera was $55,632 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 10.4% of Pico Rivera residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The United States Census also showed the poverty rate in Pico Rivera was 11.5% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 66.2% of Pico Rivera residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Pico Rivera (%) California (%)
White 59.4 57.6
Black or African American 1.0 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.0
Asian 2.6 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.4
Two or More Races 3.7 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 91.2 37.6

See also

El Rancho Unified School District, California
El Rancho Unified School District elections (2013)

External links

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El Rancho Unified School District website

References