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School board candidate filing period begins Monday

By From page A1 | July 13, 2014


Alan Fernandes will run for a two-year seat on the Nov. 4 ballot. Courtesy photo

The candidacy filing period begins Monday for the Nov. 4 Davis Board of Education election, in which four of the five seats will be at stake.

Three of the four open seats are held by two-term incumbents who were elected in November 2005. Incumbent Sheila Allen announced earlier this year that she would not seek a third term, and she confirmed that decision last week. Allen came up short in her bid for the Davis City Council last month.

Incumbent Gina Daleiden also said she will not be running for a third term.

I would expect that my name may well be on a ballot again one day, but it will not be for Board of Education in November,” she said. “For the past nearly nine years, it has been a true honor to serve my community and the school district I love. The Davis Joint Unified School District  is very special to me — from growing up in our schools to governing our schools — and I’ll always be a Blue Devil.”

Daleiden added that she plans to remain engaged in her community long after finishing this year as board president.

Incumbent Tim Taylor is on vacation and did not respond to an Enterprise email inquiring about his future plans.

A fourth incumbent, Alan Fernandes, was appointed to the school board in May to fill out a portion of the term of Nancy Peterson, who resigned in March. Fernandes has announced that he will be a candidate in November, seeking the final two years of Peterson’s term.

Several other community members have indicated they intend to run, including six who applied as candidates for the appointed school board seat this spring.

They are Thomas Adams, director of the Curriculum, Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division at the California Department of Education; Barbara Archer, a communications professional who has been a leader in a local school parcel tax campaign; Jose Granda, a professor of engineering at Sacramento State, and a school board candidate in 2012; Robert Poppenga, a professor of clinical veterinary toxicology at UC Davis, and a participant in one of the school district’s action teams in the recent strategic planning process; Charles Rairdan, a longtime administrator with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and a member of the school district’s recent Strategic Planning Committee; and Madhavi Sunder, a professor of law at UCD and a member of an action team in the strategic planning process.

Another possible candidate is Mike Nolan, who ran for the school board in 2010. Nolan was recently endorsed by the Davis Teachers Association, but he hasn’t yet formally declared his candidacy. On Thursday, Nolan said he is considering a run and talking with supporters, but he hasn’t made a final decision.

The November election will be unusual in that there will be two categories in which a candidate can declare.

There will be three four-year terms on the ballot — the seats currently held by Taylor, Daleiden and Allen. The three candidates who get the most votes in this category will win the seats and serve through November 2018.

There also will be a single two-year term on the ballot — the seat formerly held by Peterson and currently held by Fernandes. This is technically a special election, and one candidate from the field of candidates who apply for the two-year seat will be elected, and serve until November 2016.

It will be the first time in memory that four seats have been on the ballot at the same time.

The candidate filing period opens Monday and continues through Aug. 8. If one of the incumbents does not turn in candidacy papers by that deadline, the filing period will be automatically extended until Aug. 13.

Candidacy papers can be filed at the Yolo County Elections Office at the Yolo County Administration Building, 625 Court St., Room B-05, in Woodland.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at [email protected] or 530-747-8055.


Jeff Hudson

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