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Montebello Unified School District elections (2013)

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2013 Montebello Unified School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Montebello Unified School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Four seats were up for election on the Montebello Unified School Board on November 5, 2013. Hector A. Chacon, Benjamin Cardenas and Lani Cupchoy defeated Gerri Guzman, Sonia Saucillo-Valencia and Frank Thomas Morales for three seats with four-year terms. Edgar Cisneros defeated Paul Montoya and C.J. Salgado for an unexpired two-year term previously held by the late Marcella Calderon.[1]

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.[2]


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%.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
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, 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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[3] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

Method of board member selection

The Montebello Unified School Board consists of five members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. There are no primary elections for Montebello Unified board seats. Each general election takes place the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November in odd-numbered years. Four seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 including an unexpired two-year term. District residents will cast ballots for three seats on November 3, 2015.

Candidates for the Montebello Unified School Board must be registered voters in the district prior to submitting nominating petitions. Each candidate could submit a 200-word statement for inclusion on the ballot by August 9, 2013. Voters were able to request ballots by mail between October 7 and October 29.[4]




  • Edgar Cisneros
    • Graduate California State University-Long Beach
    • Senior deputy, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
  • Paul Montoya
    • Incumbent
    • Information systems analyst, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
  • C.J. Salgado
    • Manager/recruiter
    • Veteran, U.S. Air Force


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

Montebello Unified School Board, Unexpired term, November 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEdgar Cisneros 46.2% 3,614
     Nonpartisan Paul Montoya Incumbent 40.1% 3,137
     Nonpartisan C.J. Salgado 13.6% 1,064
Total Votes 7,815
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 18, 2013


No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.


The Los Cerritos News endorsed Hector A. Chacon, Benjamin Cardenas, Gerri Guzman and Paul Montoya on November 1, 2013.[5]

Past elections


The district canceled elections scheduled for November 8, 2011 as only two candidates filed for election for two available seats.[6]

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.[7]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Montebello Unified School District election in 2013:[8]

Deadline Event
July 3, 2013 Notice of election by county officials
July 15, 2013 First day to file a petition of candidacy
August 9, 2013 Close of filing period for petition of candidacy
August 14, 2013 Last day to withdraw nominating petitions
October 7, 2013 First day to apply to vote by mail
October 21, 2013 Last day to register to vote in school election
October 29, 2013 Final day to apply to vote by mail
November 5, 2013 Election Day
November 26, 2013 Certification of election results as official

Additional elections on the ballot

The Montebello Unified School Board elections shared the ballot with other local elections. Residents of Montebello submitted votes for three seats on the City Council.[9]

See also

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