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Sonia Saucillo-Valencia
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Montebello Unified School Board, At-large
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
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ProfessionDomestic engineer
Sonia Saucillo-Valencia was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Montebello School Board. She lost her election bid against five other candidates on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Saucillo-Valencia works as a domestic engineer in Bells Garden. She also serves as the president of the district's Advisory Committee.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Montebello Unified School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Saucillo-Valencia ran against incumbents Benjamin Cardenas, Hector A. Chacon and Gerri Guzman along with challengers Lani Cupchoy and Frank Thomas Morales on November 5, 2013.

Results

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

Funding

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

Campaign themes

2013

Saucillo-Valencia explained her reasons for running in 2013 in an interview with EGP News:[2]

I’m tired of our kids just graduating without any basis of the core subjects. I rather they learn at a slower pace so they really are prepared for college. I’ve had children and grandchildren at the district and I want to make sure our kids are not stripped of their learning just to reach 100% graduation rate.

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.[3]

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.[4]

Demographics

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%.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
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





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