Sequoia Union High School District: DuBois, Jack and Weiner elected


Carrie DuBois, Georgia Jack and Allen Weiner won election Tuesday to the board of the Sequoia Union High School District.

Mail-in ballots dropped off on Election Day and in the mail have yet to be counted. The ballots must be postmarked no later than Nov. 3 to be counted.

Ms. DuBois and Allen Weiner are incumbents. Georgia Jack is a challenger.

The other candidates were appointed incumbent Laura Martinez and challenger Noria Zasslow.

The school board has five seats, and the terms are four years.

As of close of business on Thursday, Nov. 4, Ms. DuBois had 14,828 votes, Ms. Jack 12,588 votes and Mr. Weiner 12,374 votes.

Appointed incumbent Laura Martinez was running fourth with 11,016, and Noria Zasslow in last place with 3 votes.


Overwhelmed with support

"I just feel overwhelmed with positive support," Ms. DuBois said when asked to comment on her first-place finish. "It's an amazing feeling. I feel like the community encouraged my voice, encouraged my work. ... It's very energizing for me."

Finishing first "is going to change the dynamics" of board culture, she said, adding that she will be looking at a new model of governance for the board, "one that helps people work together and respect different perspectives."

An example, she said, is her effort, unsuccessful so far, to schedule a board discussion on foster youth.

Ms. DuBois was passed over as board president with Mr. Weiner's second consecutive election to the position for 2015. Ms. DuBois has said, and reiterated in her post-election comments, that she feels no urgency to be the board president. There should be a board policy to rotate the position, she added.

As for voters also electing challenger Georgia Jack, "I think she will help change the culture for the better," Ms. DuBois said.


A great campaign

Ms. Martinez was down, numerically speaking, but not out. "Well, you know, I think I have run a really great campaign and had broad community support,"" she said. "I'm really proud of what I did. I worked really hard."

"I'm going to remain committed to working with students and our community," she said. "I'm really lucky to have served and worked with my colleagues and I wish everyone well."


Different discussions?

Mr. Weiner said he was pleased to have been re-elected and that he's looking forward to working with the newly constituted board.

He is a force on the current board, having been elected president for two consecutive years, and yet he came in third. Asked if he was surprised by the outcome, he said he was not. I knew all along that there were four strong candidates," he said. "I thought it would be very difficult to predict what the point spread would be."

He said he sent out 27,000 pieces of direct mail, thousands of emails and made contacts through networks. "Getting people to form an opinion about you, it's a big challenge," he said.

Ms. DuBois spoke of a changing culture on the board. Asked to comment, Mr. Weiner noted that every member has one vote and each board member is equal. The new composition "could conceivably create different discussions and create a different set of priorities," he said. "I try to be an effective board member."

"I think our board works together pretty well and I think we respect different perspectives," he said. "You measure the effectiveness of a government body by what it accomplishes. ... I'm very proud of what we did. I think the governance culture (of the board) is one that focuses on effectiveness."

Ms. Jack has not yet responded to an interview request.

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5 people like this
Posted by Menlo Park parent
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Nov 4, 2015 at 11:23 am

Congratulations to Georgia and Carrie for a fantastic campaign. But the real winners are the students of our district - it's a great day at SUHSD!

3 people like this
Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Nov 4, 2015 at 1:39 pm

Laura Martinez suffered a big hit to her reputation in town by siding with the nasty Magda Gonzalez, former city manager for East Palo Alto. A great many of us noticed that she also tried to constantly marginalize city co-founder and long time council member Ruben Abrica. She lost a great deal of respect. Perhaps she can now take some time to contemplate what she has wrought and gain some wisdom.

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Posted by choices
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 4, 2015 at 8:15 pm

With the smallest war chest, and from the home town with low voter turnout, Laura was always the candidate that would need to work smarter and harder than the others. She was not spending wisely on multiple Daily Post ads per day.

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