Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Most local school districts will have board races this fall

Nearly every district in the Tri-Valley will host a school board race this fall, according to a newly updated list of candidates for the November elections.

Both the Pleasanton and Dublin districts already have six candidates each vying for three open seats on their respective school boards, and the filing periods for those districts does not technically end until Wednesday.

Of the three Pleasanton school board incumbents, only one, Chris Grant, is seeking re-election. He is being challenged by Valerie Arkin, Jeff Bowser, Jami Yee Hintzke, Prasad V. Rallapalli and Carla Schuman-Butler. The filing deadline is extended until Aug. 13 for races in which eligible incumbents are not seeking re-election, which means more Pleasanton school board candidates could emerge before it's all over.

The filing deadline also has been extended for Dublin Unified, where two of the three board incumbents, Denis King and John B. Ledahl are seeking re-election. They are being challenged by Robert Cherrier, Dan Cunningham, Norm Lee and Greg Tomlinson.

In Livermore, four candidates will compete for two open seats on the school board. Incumbents Tom McLaughlin and Bill Morrison are being challenged by Stewart Gary and Charles Rogge Jr. And in Castro Valley Unified, all three incumbents, John J. Barbieri, Jo A.S. Loss and Kunio Okui, are running for re-election against challengers Marc Crawford and Judith Radousky.

Candidate lists for two other races Advertisement— the Dublin San Ramon Services District and Livermore Area Recreation and Park District boards — also were updated by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters Office on Monday.

DSRSD incumbents Richard Halket, Dwight L. "Pat" Howard and Dan Scannell will defend their seats on the board against challenger David Pulice. LARPD incumbents Steve Goodman and Beth Wilson will compete with challenger Barbara Kraybill for two open seats on the board.

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