Gila Jones

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Candidate for
Board member, Capistrano Unified Board of Trustees, Trustee Area 6
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Irvine
Master'sNortheastern University
ProfessionEducational nonprofit board member
Gila Jones is a candidate for the Trustee Area 6 seat on the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees in California. She is running against one fellow candidate in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1]

Jones was a Democratic candidate for District 38 of the California State Senate. The primary election was on June 8, 2010, and the general election was on November 2, 2010. Jones lost the election to incumbent Republican Kristi Stone.


Jones earned her B.A. from the University of California, Irvine. She went on to receive her M.B.A. from Northeastern University. Jones has worked for over 20 years for technology firms in the fields of systems analysis and engineering, product management, marketing and sales. Jones and her husband, Tom, have two children. They reside in San Juan Capistrano, California. In addition to running for state office, Jones served on the Voter Services Committee of the California Democratic Party from 2006 to 2008.[2]



See also: Capistrano Unified School District elections (2014)


The seats from Trustee Areas 4, 6 and 7 on the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees are up for general election on November 4, 2014. No incumbent is running for re-election in Trustee Area 4, leaving the race to two candidates, Craig P. Alexander and Martha McNicholas. In the Trustee Area 6 race, incumbent Ellen M. Addonizio will face challenger Gila Jones. The Trustee Area 7 race features incumbent Lynn Hatton-Hodson and challenger Julie Collier.


The Orange County Registrar of Voters does not publish school board candidate campaign finance reports online. Ballotpedia submitted a request for this district's reports on October 24, 2014, and the reports will be added to this page once the county government has fulfilled the request.


See also: California State Senate elections, 2010

Jones was defeated in the November 2 general election by incumbent Republican Kristi Stone.[3]

What's at stake?

Issues in the district

New superintendent starts

In August 2014, the Capistrano Unified School District welcomed Kirsten Vital as its new superintendent. Before serving Capistrano Unified, Vital served for over five years as Alameda Unified School District's superintendent. Vital took the reins from Joe Farley, Capistrano Unified's former superintendent who officially retired July 1, 2014.[4][5]

About the district

See also: Capistrano Unified School District, California
Capistrano Unified School District is located in Orange County, California.

Capistrano Unified School District is located in Orange County, California. The county seat of Orange County is Santa Ana. Orange County was home to 3,114,363 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[6] In the 2011-2012 school year, Capistrano Unified School District was the 10th-largest school district by enrollment in California and served 53,170 students.[7]


Orange County outperformed the rest of California in terms of education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 36.6 percent of Orange County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.5 percent for California as a whole. The median household income for Orange County was $75,566 compared to $61,400 for the entire state. The percentage of people below poverty level for Orange County was 11.7 percent while it was 15.3 percent statewide.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2013[6]
Race Orange County (%) California (%)
White 74.1 73.5
Black or African American 2.1 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.7
Asian 19.2 14.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.5
Two or more race 3.2 3.7
Hispanic or Latino 34.2 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern, Orange County[8]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 512,440 582,332
2008 549,558 579,064
2004 419,239 641,832
2000 391,819 541,299

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.[9]

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