The final ballots have been set for the Nov. 6 elections for county and local boards of education.
Here are the candidates at a glance:
Santa Clara County Office of Education
Board of Education
Trustee Area 7
Family: Married with three children, two sons and a daughter who all graduated through MHUSD schools, and grandson attending Britton Middle School
Previously held elected or appointed office: MHUSD Trustee 2014
Current occupation: Retired business consultant, 30 years of high tech with last 10 years in financial industry
Past political campaign: MHUSD 2014
Campaign slogan: A Champion For Our Kids
Family: Mother of Two
Previously held elected or appointed office: MHUSD Trustee 2010-2014 and SCCOE Board 2014-present
Current Occupation: Registered Nurse
Past political campaigns: MHUSD, SCCOE
Gavilan Community College Joint District
Board of Trustees
Trustee Area 1
Family: Two children, three grandchildren and one great grandchild
Previously held elected or appointed office: Member of the Gavilan College Board of Trustees since November, 1992.
Current occupation: Attorney at Law, Family Law
Past political campaigns: Gavilan College Board of Trustees, First elected November 1992. Consistently elected since. Candidate for State Assembly, 2000. (Unsuccessful in the primary)
Trustee Area 3
Family: Wife of 42 years, Delia and two adult daughters Danielle and Brianna
Current occupation: Retired after 35 year career in public education. Held positions of teacher, assistant principal, principal, director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of both Gilroy and Pasadena Unified School Districts.
Family: Wife, Kim Matt; son, Ben Glines; grandchildren, Adyson, Gavin, Brayden
Previously held elected or appointed office: 2 4-year terms Gavilan College trustee from Gilroy area
Current occupation: Retired after nearly 40 years working in various jobs at local newspapers. Jobs included MH Times executive editor; Dispatch city editor, sports editor/writer, news editor, education writer; circulation director, advertising representative
Past political campaigns: Measure H (Smart Growth, one of the founders)
Campaign slogan if applicable: Faster, Faster, Faster
Trustee Area 5
Family: Wife (29 years); Two Sons (27, 30); Two Grandkids (9,10)
Previously held elected or appointed office: Chairman Community Action Board, Vice-Chairman Workforce Development Board, Commissioner District 2 City of Hollister
Current occupation: Small Business Owner; Retired telecommunications specialist, 20 years with Alcatel-Lucent
Past political campaigns: Board of Supervisor District 3 2018
Campaign slogan: “Quality Education is my Community Commitment”
Family: husband: Ken Johnson (also a teacher); daughter: Kenisha, 21 (UCLA student); son: Geoffrey, 17 (Sobrato HS senior)
Previously held elected or appointed office: San Benito County Democratic Central Committee Chair
Current occupation: high school social studies teacher (Sobrato High School)
Campaign slogan: Education is for Everyone
Trustee Area 7
Family: two children – Bryan and Alyssa Alcorn, both San Benito HS graduates. Bryan recent CAL graduate and software engineer, Alyssa is junior at CSU Chico studying nursing.
Previously held elected or appointed office: elected to Board of Directors for Sunnyslope County Water District (SCWD) in 2014; appointed to serve on four San Benito Civil Grand Juries.
Current occupation: IT project manager, business information analyst
Campaign slogan: Gavilan–Your College. Your Future. Close to Home.
Irma C. González
Family: Married with four children and two grandchildren
Previously held elected or appointed office: none
Current occupation: Website Designer
Campaign slogan if applicable: Fairness. Accountability. Future
Current occupation: Independent Sales Representative
Campaign slogan: Students First
Gilroy Unified School District
Board of Education
(4 at-large seats)
Family: Wife: CHS english Schoolteacher, Daughter: 2nd year CHS, Son: 2nd year MIT, nephew: Fresno CC
Current occupation: Computer Engineer, formerly of Apple Inc.
Campaign slogan: “Our most urgent and pressing question is ‘what are you doing for others?’” —MLK
Family: Husband (works for SCC Probation Dept. Juvenile Division, son age 21 and daughter age 15 (going to Gilroy HS)
Current occupation: Executive Director for Silicon Valley FACES,nonprofit that builds inclusive communities free of bias, bigotry and violence through educational programs in schools.
Campaign slogan: Our students, Our future, Our responsibility. Let’s do it together!
Family: My husband and I have two daughters and both have attended Gilroy Unified schools from kindergarten to 12th grade
Current Occupation: Director of Human Resources. I worked for GUSD from 2002 – 2016 and served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal.
Family: Two adult sons, attended GUSD K-12
Previously held elected or appointed office: GUSD school board incumbent
Current occupation: Retired in 2007 after 32 years with GUSD
Past political campaigns: 2014 GUSD