|Board member, Capistrano Unified Board of Trustees, Trustee Area 6|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of California, Irvine|
|Profession||Educational nonprofit board member|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 What was at stake?
- 5 About the district
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Jones was a Democratic candidate for District 38 of the California State Senate in 2010. She won the primary election on June 8, 2010, and lost the general election on November 2, 2010, to incumbent Republican Kristi Stone.
Jones earned her B.A. from the University of California, Irvine. She went on to receive her MBA 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.
The seats from Trustee Areas 4, 6 and 7 on the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees were up for general election on November 4, 2014. No incumbent ran for re-election in Trustee Area 4, leaving the race to two candidates, Craig P. Alexander and Martha McNicholas. McNicholas won the election. In the Trustee Area 6 race, incumbent Ellen M. Addonizio lost the election to challenger Gila Jones. The Trustee Area 7 race featured incumbent Lynn Hatton-Hodson and challenger Julie Collier. Hatton-Hodson won re-election to her seat.
|Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 6 General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Ellen M. Addonizio Incumbent||41.1%||3,639|
|Source: Orange County Election Department, "General Election Results," accessed December 22, 2014|
The Orange County Registrar of Voters does not publish and freely disclose school board candidate campaign finance reports that were filed by paper in their office. Ballotpedia staffers directly requested this information, but the municipal office refused those requests to make that information public.
- Democratic Party of Orange County
- Capistrano Unified Education Association
- Orange County Professional Firefighters
Jones also received endorsements from a number of local officials, including Capistrano Unified Board of Trustees members Lynn Hatton-Hodson, Gary Pritchard and Amy Hanacek. A list of her supporters can be found here.
- See also: California State Senate elections, 2010
Jones highlighted the following issues on her campaign website:
|“||As a 35 year Capistrano Unified School District resident with a lifelong passion for education, I’m proud to live in the highest performing large district in California. I’m strongly committed to maintaining and continually improving our exceptional schools to attract investments in our community, which will keep our housing values and economy strong.
As a parent of two young CUSD graduates, I know that one size doesn’t fit all. I will work to ensure that families have choices within the public school system.
As a volunteer still involved in CUSD schools as well as Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano, an educational nonprofit benefiting local youth, I believe we must be dedicated to teaching all students in our diverse community.
As an MBA with 20 years of experience in high technology, I have the skills to make objective, strategic, and responsible decisions that focus on maximizing student achievement.
My highest priorities will be balancing the budget, keeping financial resources in the classroom, and ensuring our graduates are prepared to do well in college and in the workplace.
Our schools are central to the success of our children and of our communities. I will dedicate myself to that success and would be honored to receive your vote.
—Gila Jones's campaign website, (2014), 
What was 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. She left her former district with two years left on her contract. Vital took the reins from Joe Farley, Capistrano Unified's former superintendent who officially retired July 1, 2014. In addition to her work in the Alameda Unified School District, Vital also previously served as an administrator in the Oakland Unified School District and the Los Angeles Unified School District.
About the district
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. 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.
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.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Gila + Jones + Capistrano + Unified + School + District"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Capistrano Unified School District
- Office website
- Campaign website
- Campaign Facebook page
- 2014 Smart Voter profile
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- List of candidates certified for the June 8, 2010 primary in California
- Orange County Registrar of Voters, "Contest/Candidate Proof List General Election 2014," accessed August 18, 2014
- "Project Vote Smart," "Gila Jones' Biography" accessed October 25, 2013
- Democratic Party of Orange County, "Endorsements," accessed October 28, 2014
- California Teachers Association, "CTA Locally Endorsed Candidates as of 10/4/14," accessed October 28, 2014
- Gila Jones CUSD School Board, "Endorsements," accessed October 28, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Gila Jones CUSD School Board, "Home," accessed October 28, 2014
- Contra Costa Times, "Alameda: A farewell to schools Superintendent Kirsten Vital," July 23, 2014
- Orange County Register, "Capistrano district hires Alameda superintendent as schools chief," June 19, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Orange County, California," accessed July 11, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
- Orange County Registrar of Voters, "Election Results Archive," accessed July 11, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Capistrano Unified School District Elections|
|Orange County, California|
|Election date:||November 4, 2014|
|Candidates:||Trustee Area 4: • Craig P. Alexander • Martha McNicholas |
Trustee Area 6: • Incumbent, Ellen M. Addonizio • Gila Jones
Trustee Area 7: • Incumbent, Lynn Hatton-Hodson • Julie Collier
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|