Rudy Ramirez

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Rudy Ramirez
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Current candidacy
Running for Board member, Chula Vista Elementary Board of Education, Trustee Area 3
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Chula Vista City Council, Seat 1
In office
December 5, 2006 - Present
Term ends
December 2, 2014
Years in position 8
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2006
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
High schoolCastle Park High School
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University at Chico
Office website
Rudy Ramirez is a candidate for the Trustee Area 3 seat on the Chula Vista Elementary School District Board of Education in California. He is running against fellow candidate Leslie Ray Bunker in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1]

Ramirez is a member of the Chula Vista City Council, holding Seat 1. He was first elected to the position in 2006.


Ramirez earned his B.A. in International Relations with minors in Economics and Spanish from California State University at Chico. His professional experience includes working at San Diego Architectural Metals.[2]



See also: Chula Vista Elementary School District elections (2014)


Three seats on the Chula Vista Elementary School District Board of Education are up for general election on November 4, 2014. No incumbents filed to run for re-election, leaving all three seats open to newcomers. Four candidates, Barbara Majchrzak, Francisco Tamayo, George Cameron and Hector Gastelum, are running for the Trustee Area 1 seat. The Trustee Area 3 election features candidates Leslie Ray Bunker and Rudy Ramirez, and candidates Willard "Doc" Howard, Eduardo Reyes and Joshua R. Smith are running for the Trustee Area 5 seat.


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Ramirez ran in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 79. He was eliminated in the blanket primary on June 5, 2012.[3][4]

California State Assembly, District 79 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Rudy Ramirez 11.3% 7,533
     Democratic Sid Voorakkara 7.6% 5,060
     Democratic Patricia Ann Washington 8.1% 5,401
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngShirley Weber 30.5% 20,293
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMary England 29.1% 19,313
     Republican Matt Mendoza 13.3% 8,857
Total Votes 66,457

Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Ramirez outlined the following campaign themes:

As a lifelong resident of this region, successful business owner, long-time community volunteer and Chula Vista City Council member, I have been deeply involved in the civic life of our town and its residents.

Whether it has been as a member of the Chula Vista City Council or as the organizer of the International Friendship Games, I remain committed to the following:

  • Responsive, responsible city government
  • World class schools
  • Opportunities and activities for youth
  • Economic strength with good paying jobs
  • Safe and healthy neighborhoods for our families

I look forward to meeting you, working for you and serving our neighborhoods.[5]

—Rudy Ramirez's campaign website, (2012), [6]

What's at stake?

Issues in the district

District named in student exercise lawsuit

Chula Vista Elementary School District, along with 36 other schools across the state and three within San Diego County, was named in a lawsuit alleging the district's students were not getting enough exercise. The state mandates schools give students in kindergarten through sixth grade 200 minutes of exercise every 10 days of class, in addition to lunch and recess. In a statement, officials of the Chula Vista Elementary School District pointed to the irony of having been named the county's first Live Well, San Diego! School District. The award was given to the district in recognition of its commitment to improve the health and well-being of its students. Officials also stated that the district has made great gains in improving its schools' physical education programs in response to growing childhood obesity in recent years. The lawsuit was filed by Marc Babin and the nonprofit organization Cal200, which he leads.[7]

About the district

See also: Chula Vista Elementary School District, California
Chula Vista Elementary School District is located in San Diego County, California.

Chula Vista Elementary School District is located in San Diego County, California. The county seat of San Diego County is San Diego. San Diego County was home to 3,211,252 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[8] In the 2011-2012 school year, Chula Vista Elementary School District was the 40th-largest school district by enrollment in California and served 28,101 students.[9]


San Diego County outperformed the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 34.4 percent of San Diego 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 San Diego County was $63,373 compared to $61,400 for the entire state. The percentage of people below poverty level for San Diego County was 13.9 percent while it was 15.3 percent statewide.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2013[8]
Race San Diego County (%) California (%)
White 76.6 73.5
Black or African American 5.6 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.7
Asian 11.7 14.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6 0.5
Two or more race 4.2 3.7
Hispanic or Latino 32.9 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern,
San Diego County[10][11][12][13]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 626,957 536,726
2008 666,581 541,032
2004 526,437 596,033
2000 437,666 475,736

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.[14]

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Preceded by
Chula Vista City Council, Seat 1
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