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School District Elections Due November 8

  • By David Barron
Two incumbents are being challenged in the race for the governing board of the Garvey School District, which has schools for kindergarten through eighth grade in most of Rosemead and the eastern section of Monterey Park.
The election will be held Nov. 8 as part of the consolidated Los Angeles County ballot.
Incumbents facing challengers are Janet Chin and Henry Lo. One challenger is John
Nunez, a former board member, who also served on the board of the Alhambra Unified School District and the Rosemead City Council.  The other is Jason Otis, a college engineering student.
Whoever wins the election will be faced with ongoing problems of declining school enrollment and school budget problems facing all students.
In the troubled city of Montebello, seven candidates are vying for two council positions. Incumbents Alberto Perez and Christina Cortezare are being opposed by five other candidates.
The five challengers in the race are Larry Salazar, a county program administrator, Jack Hadjinian, a businessman, Elizabeth Gonzalez, abusinesswoman, Flavio Gallarzo, a school teacher/administrator and Lucy Cortez, a businesswoman.
For the office of city clerk, there is no incumbent since City Clerk William King is not seeking reelection. Candidates are Daniel Hernandez,  an engineer, Robert “Bob” Tapia, a financial advisor and Enrique R. Valenzuela.
Two candidates are campaigning to fill the vacant city treasurer’s position. They are Sheraly Khwaja, a businessman and Yvonne Watson, a community activist.
Three candidates are competing for two open seats in the San Gabriel School District. There are non-incumbents seeking re-election. The candidates are John Eccleston, a field  superintendent, Andrew L. Ammon, a teacher and Carolyn E. Richie, a school safety officer.
The San Gabriel Unified School District covers most of the city of San Gabriel, including some unincorporated zones.

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