Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez

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Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez
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Board member, Azusa Unified School District, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 6, 2001
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez is an at-large member of the Azusa Unified School District Board of Trustees. She won in a general election on November 5, 2013. She was first elected on November 6, 2001.


Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez is a member of the Azusa Unified School District and President of the California Latino School Boards Association. She has served on the Azusa Unified School District School Board since 2001.[1]



See also: Azusa Unified School District elections (2013)


Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez ran against eight other candidates for three seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.[2]

Election results

On November 5, 2013, Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez, Helen Jaramillo and Paul Naccachian defeated six challenging candidates for three seats on the Azusa Unified School District Board of Education.

Azusa Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngXilonin Cruz-Gonzalez Incumbent 18% 1,097
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHelen Jaramillo 15.2% 929
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Naccachian 14.8% 903
     Nonpartisan Linda Bermudez 13.3% 811
     Nonpartisan Lisa B. Harrington 12.4% 757
     Nonpartisan Johnny Ramos Sanchez 10.7% 650
     Nonpartisan Debbie Ann Kindred 6% 364
     Nonpartisan Russell Bryan Rentschler 5.1% 308
     Nonpartisan Veronika R. Delvaux 4.5% 275
Total Votes 6,094
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" Accessed December 12, 2013


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


Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

Past elections

Campaign themes

These campaign themes were statements available on Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez's official campaign website.[3] College & Career Ready

"Every Azusa USD student should graduate college & career ready. From first day of pre-school to graduation day, every Azusa student must have access to an engaging and rigorous curriculum. Each of our graduates will have choices to make, and it's our job to ensure that they are prepared for that path."

Community Schools

"Our schools should be the center of our community. Through partnerships with parents, community members, and local organizations, we can build a school district environment that supports student learning, strengthens families, and builds healthier communities. The educational experience should not be an isolated process, and we can change that by transforming our schools into community schools."

21st Century Schools

"Our students and our community deserve to have up-to-date facilities and access to technology. Technological breakthroughs have transformed our personal lives, and our classrooms and schools must meet these changing needs. Our students must be prepared to function in a rapidly changing society, and that starts with providing them with the environment and tools they need to be successful."

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Only incumbent Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez filed seeking re-election.


Declined enrollment

Azusa Unified School District has experienced a significant decrease in student enrollment since the 2006-07 school year. During the 2006-07 school year 11,353 students were enrolled at Azusa Unified schools, while in the 2011-12 school year 10,163 students were enrolled. The decrease of almost 1,200 students has resulted in decreased funding from both state and federal sources. In order to combat some of the problems associated with the decreased enrollment, Alice Ellington Elementary has been updated to accommodate students in grades K-8.[4]

About the district

See also: Azusa Unified School District, California
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Azusa Unified School District is located in the Southeast Los Angeles County, California in Azusa, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it was home to 47,407 residents.[5]


Azusa underperformed 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 Azusa was $53,826 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 20.2% of Azusa 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 Azusa was 18.2% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 76.2% of Azusa residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Azusa (%) California (%)
White 57.6 57.6
Black or African American 3.2 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.0
Asian 8.7 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.4
Two or More Races 4.7 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 67.6 37.6

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