(From Press Release) – Cindy Pickett, an associate professor of psychology at UC Davis, became the second official candidate for the Davis school board in the November election. She filed at the Yolo County Elections office on Tuesday.
Pickett indicated that she will not apply to fill the temporary vacancy on the Davis school board created by Madhavi Sunder’s resignation. “Over the next three months, I will be focused on reaching out to voters. As an educator, psychologist, and a woman of color, I would bring a unique perspective to the school board and complement its existing strengths. I look forward to taking my message to the voters and allowing them to decide if I should serve,” said Pickett.
Pickett’s endorsements include the Yolo County Progressives, former Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, Davis Mayor Pro-Tempore Gloria Partida, former Mayors Ruth Asmundson and Dan Wolk, Yolo County Supervisor-Elect Gary Sandy, current school board member, Bob Poppenga, and former school board members: Gina Daleiden, Tim Taylor, and Madhavi Sunder. Outside of Davis, Pickett has received endorsements from California State Board of Equalization member, Fiona Ma, and Stockton Mayor, Michael Tubbs.
Reflecting on her decision to run, Pickett said, “I want students in this district to thrive.” She added, “I believe in fostering the well-being of students while ensuring opportunities for educational growth. If elected, I will pursue these goals and lead with compassion, thoughtfulness, and integrity.”