Charlie Grom

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Charlie Grom
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Board member, Modesto City Schools, Short term
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sStanislaus State
Master'sBiola University
ProfessionLieutenant, Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department
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Campaign website
Charlie Grom was a candidate for an short terms on the Modesto City Schools Board of Education that was up for general election on November 5, 2013.


Charlie Grom is a Lieutenant in the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department and lifelong resident of Modesto. He is a graduate of Grace Davis High and earned his Bachelor's degree from Stanislaus State University. He also earned his Master's degree from Biola University and was also trained by the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Command College. He is married to his wife Leta and they have three children all attending Modesto City Schools.[1]



See also: Modesto City Schools elections (2013)

Election results

Jordan Dickson defeated three challenging candidates for one short term seat on the Modesto City Schools Board of Education.

Modesto City Schools Board of Education, Short term seat General Election,, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJordan Dickson 40.5% 10,082
     Nonpartisan Charlie Grom 35.3% 8,782
     Nonpartisan Dean Smeltzer 13.1% 3,255
     Nonpartisan Fabiola Garcia 11.1% 2,768
Total Votes 24,887
Source: Stanislaus County Elections:, "Governing Board Member; Modesto City Schools" Accessed December 13, 2013


Charlie Grom ran against three other candidates, Dean Smeltzer, Fabiola Garcia and Jordan Dickson for one short term seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.[2]


Charlie Grom did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder.


Charlie Grom received official endorsements from the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, Stanislaus County Deputy Sheriffs Association, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and the Stanislaus & Tuolumne County AFL-CIO.[3]

What was at stake?

One two year seat was up for election on November 5, 2013. Four candidates including Jordan Dickson, Fabiola Garcia and Dean Smeltzer filed seeking the seat.

About the district


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Modesto City Schools is located in Stanislaus County, California in Modesto, California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 201,165 residents.[4]


Modesto underperforms 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 high school diploma, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. The median household income in Modesto was $49,852 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 18.7% of Modesto residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The United States Census also showed the poverty rate in Modesto was 18.5% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 79.4% of Modesto residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 92.3% in California.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Modesto (%) California (%)
White 65.0 57.6
Black or African American 4.2 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.0
Asian 6.7 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.0 0.4
Two or More Races 6.3 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 35.5 37.6

Party Affiliation, 2013[7]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 92,788 40.02
Republican 90,002 38.82
Green 698 0.30
Libertarian 1,144 0.49
American Independent 6,442 2.78
Peace and Freedom 682 0.29
Unaffiliated 37,663 16.24
Other 2,437 1.05

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