Chuck Rairdan filed his candidacy papers with the Yolo County Elections Office on Friday, seeking one of the three open four-year seats on the Davis school board in the Nov. 4 election.
An administrator with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at its regional headquarters in San Francisco, Rairdan began his career with the Corps in 1996, and previously worked in the Los Angeles and Sacramento district offices.
Rairdan grew up in Ojai (Ventura County) in Southern California, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology from Humboldt State University and a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from UCLA.
He and his wife Xin, who is a lab supervisor at Genentech, moved to Davis in 1999 and have two daughters in local schools, one entering the eighth grade and the other entering the sixth grade this fall.
“I am committed to further improving the quality of public education in Davis and that we make strides to better reflect the growing diversity of our town,” Rairdan said. “As my campaign gets underway, I look forward to meeting with residents and community leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities before us at this important time in the school district’s history.
“The Davis Joint Unified School District is a great district, and there are numerous ways in which we can make it better with smart planning, innovative thinking and fresh perspectives.”
Rairdan was a participant in the school district’s recent strategic planning process. His supporters include Deborah Nichols Poulos, a former Davis City Council member and retired teacher; John W. Poulos, professor of law emeritus at UCD; Bonnie Gieschen, M.D., a special education advocate; and Koren Motekaitis, director of the Davis AquaMonsters and a radio talk show host.