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  • Friday, July 18, 2008

     

    Two File for OUSD Trustee Seats-Rocco pulls papers for Santa Ana Council

    eLECTION Watch 2008
    an Orange Net News Special News Series

    OUSD Candidates for Trustee Area 3 and 6 start to file

    The election filing period began July 14th and runs until August 8 for two Orange Unified School Board Trustee Seats. Two candidates have filed Declaration of Candidacy statements for the seats. Inland Empire Teacher/ Administrator Jerry Winant has filed for OUSD Trustee Area 3, currently held by OUSD Board President Wes Poutsma. Winant unsuccessfully challenged Orange County Board of Education Area 3 Trustee Ken Williams in June of this year. In the three-way race (that included perennial Orange candidate Robert Douglas’ first attempt at an education position) Winant garnered 26.8% of the total votes cast (15,594 votes).

    OUSD Trustee Area 6 has no current incumbent because the area was wrestled away from the controversial OUSD Trustee Steve Rocco in the Nichols Redistricting (named for OUSD Trustee Kim Nichols who initiated the redistricting). The redistricting placed Rocco’s house into OUSD Trustee Area 7, thus eliminating Rocco from running in Area 6. This week Rocco pulled papers to run for Ward 3 of the Santa Ana City Council. That seat is currently held by Councilperson Carlos Bustamante who also pulled papers for re-election this week.

    Community activist Arianna Barrios, daughter of former OUSD Trustee Russell Barrios, is the first to file her Declaration of Candidacy for the open Area 6 seat. Barrios has the backing of major City of Orange leadership players including Mayor Carolyn Caveeche, Mayor Pro Tem Jon Dumitru, Councilperson Tita Smith and OUSD Trustee John Ortega.

    While the powerful Barrios endorsements could scare off any other potential candidates, other interested candidates that have already started fundraising and house hunting in the contested Trustee Areas have until August 8th to file for the election.

    For more information CLICK ON:
    Jerry Winant Website

    Winant June Candidate Statement

    ONN Barrios Story

    Barrios WEBSITE


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