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Paul Montoya

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Paul Montoya
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Montebello Unified School Board, At-large
Former member
Term ends
November 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
AppointedMarch 2012
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionInformation systems analyst
Paul Montoya was an at-large member of the Montebello School Board in California. He was defeated in his bid for an unexpired two-year term on November 5, 2013. Montoya was appointed to the board on March 1, 2012 to replace the late Marcella Calderon until the 2013 general election.[1]


Montoya works as an information systems analyst for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. He and his wife, Yorling, have two children.[2]



See also: Montebello Unified School District elections (2013)


Montoya ran against challengers Edgar Cisneros and C.J. Salgado on November 5, 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


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


The Los Cerritos News endorsed Montoya on November 1, 2013.[3]

Campaign themes


Montoya explained his reasons for running in 2013 in an interview with EGP News:[4]

As a current Board member, and as a parent, I want to ensure that every student has the personal and academic tools required to achieve success; these tools include values and ethics reflective of our community. Success is not measured in money, but by the positive impact our students have on society.

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.[5]

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.[6]


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%.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2010[6]
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.[7] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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