Soo Y. Yoo

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Soo Y. Yoo
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Candidate, ABC Unified School District
Member
In office
November 2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sU.C. Irvine
Master'sWestminster Theological Seminary
Personal
ProfessionAcademic counselor
Soo Y. Yoo is a member of was a candidate for the ABC Unified School District School Board. She was opposed by four other candidates and first elected on November 5, 2013. She campaigned on a platform supporting diversity of student pathways, maintaining a balanced budget, and collaborating with students and teachers to optimize academic achievement.[1]

Biography

Soo Y. Yoo was a candidate for the ABC Unified School District School Board. She was defeated by Lynda Johnson in her previous campaign for election to the ABC Unified School District School Board. Yoo serves the community as an academic counselor.[2]

Elections

2013

See also: ABC Unified School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Soo Y. Yoo ran against four other candidates including incumbents Olympia Chen and Lynda Johnson as well as challengers Ethan L. Robinson and Daniel Fierro for three seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.[3]

Election results

On November 5, 2013, three seats were at stake on the ABC Unified School District Board of Education. Candidates Lynda Johnson, Soo Y. Yoo and Olympia Chen defeated two challenging candidates.

ABC Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLynda Johnson 28% 4,514
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSoo Y. Yoo 25.9% 4,177
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngOlympia Chen 22.9% 3,686
     Nonpartisan Daniel Fierro 11.9% 1,923
     Nonpartisan Ethan L. Robinson 11.3% 1,815
Total Votes 16,115
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013

Funding

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

Endorsements

Soo Y. Yoo has received an official endorsements for his campaign from Los Cerritos News.[4]

Election history

2011

On November 18, 2011 Soo Y. Yoo was defeated in an election to serve an unexpired term to the ABC Unified School District School Board.

ABC Unified School District Board of Education, Unexpired Term Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLynda Johnson 33.3% 3,018
     Nonpartisan Soo Y. Yoo 33% 2,994
     Nonpartisan Cindy Yen Chen 29.8% 2,704
     Nonpartisan Mansour Meisami 3.9% 352
Total Votes 9,068
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; ABC Unified School District Voter Information" accessed August 27, 2013

What was at stake?

Three At Large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013.

Issues

Voting Rights Act lawsuit

In April 2013, a lawsuit was filed by three district residents under allegations that the ABC Unified School District School Board trustee system does not accurately represent the district as a whole. The current system of At Large trustees has five Asian trustees and two white trustees. All elected trustees are from the Cerritos area of the district, despite the district encompassing all or part of five cities. Former trustee applicant and plaintiff Olga Rios has sued in order to have the district change to a trustee district election system, where the district would be divided into seven geographic zones, with representatives elected from each of them. The 2002 California Voter Rights Act prohibits local governments from holding at-large elections if that system impairs the ability of minority groups to elect candidates of their choice.[5][6]

About the district

Location

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ABC Unified School District is located on the Southeastern edge of Los Angeles County, California in Cerritos, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 49,041 residents.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
Race Cerritos (%) California (%)
White 23.1 57.6
Black or African American 6.9 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 1.0
Asian 61.9 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.4
Two or More Races 3.8 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 12.0 37.6

Demographics

Cerritos outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. The median household income in Cerritos was $87,853 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 48.2% of Cerritos residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 30.2 in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Cerritos was 5.5% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 92.5% of Cerritos residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[9]

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