The California School Employees Association Davis Chapter #572 announced Tuesday that the organization has endorsed Tom Adams and Barbara Archer for the four-year seats on the Davis Joint Unified Board of Education. The organization also endorsed Alan Fernandes who is running unopposed for the two-year seat.
“We chose to endorse Tom, Barbara and Alan because we felt that they showed the best knowledge of all aspects of our schools sites including the jobs that our members perform and how that fits into the structure of the district.” said Jim Herrington, the chapter’s president.
CSEA represents school district employees, such as special education paraeducators, reading and math paraeducators, library technicians, behavioral and occupational education specialists, site and department secretaries, district office secretaries, business office employees, computer instructional technology specialists, student nutrition services employees (kitchen manager, food prep and drivers), maintenance and operations staff, custodians, journeymen, grounds maintenance crews, interpreters and some athletics coaches.
Seven candidates are running for three open four-year seats and Alan Fernandes is running unopposed for the two-year seat.
The Vanguard also learned that Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson had endorsed Barbara Archer, Tom Adams, Mike Nolan and Madhavi Sunder (four candidates for the three seats). The Vanguard had previously reported that Madhavi Sunder listed Mr. Torlakson as a supporter but was unaware he had endorsed four.
Last week we reported that the Yolo County Democratic Party had endorsed Barbara Archer, Mike Nolan and Madhavi Sunder for the three open four-year seats. It has endorsed Alan Fernandes for the two-year seat.
“After a rigorous interview process, the Yolo County Democratic Party endorsed candidates who best reflected Democratic Party values and the party’s platform issues,” said Bob Schelen, chair, Yolo County Democratic Party. “We believe these candidates possess excellent qualities to serve in public office.”
The Davis Teachers Association in June endorsed the same group of candidates as endorsed by the Yolo County Democratic Party.
The Davis Teachers Association “is excited to announce that it has endorsed a slate of candidates for the DJSUD School Board election in November 2014. Barbara Archer, Mike Nolan, and Madhavi Sunder have been endorsed for the three, four-year term seats, and Alan Fernandes for the one, two-year seat. “
“Each of the candidates brings particular strengths, experiences and qualities that will serve the students and community of the DJUSD superbly,” Blair Howard, DTA President said in June. “The candidates also understand and value the deep connection between the educators of the district and the students they serve.”
The Vanguard’s DJUSD School Board Candidates Forum will be a week from tomorrow (Wednesday, September 17) at 6:30 PM at the Fellowship Hall at Davis Community Church, and is co-sponsored by Davis Media Access, who will be recording and replaying the forum over and over again.
Make sure to join us next Wednesday at the candidates forum and find out more about all of the candidates.
—David M. Greenwald reporting