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Final election results: Pulido, Sobomehin, Fitch win seats on Ravenswood school board

Incumbent, two newcomers earn top three spots in midterm election

Incumbent Ana Pulido and newcomers Tamara Sobomehin and Stephanie Fitch have officially been elected to the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education, according to certified election results released on Thursday evening.

Sobomehin was initially in fourth place a month ago on election night, but steadily nudged out Laura Nunez, who she ran on a slate with, as ballots were counted in the ensuing weeks.

Pulido, who was first elected in 2010 and served as board president this year, secured the most support — 2,469 votes, or 14.5 percent of the vote.

Sobomehin followed with 14 percent of the vote, or 2,370 votes. Sobomehin oversees development and strategy for East Palo Alto youth technology nonprofit Streetcode Academy, which her husband runs.

Fitch, the English language arts curriculum manager at Redwood City charter school organization Summit Public Schools, trailed Sobomehin by just 28 votes. She secured 13.8 percent of the total vote.

Nunez, an East Palo Alto Academy teacher, lost her bid for school board by 44 votes. She won 2,298 votes (13.5 percent of the vote).

Sobomehin said Thursday that she's "thankful to have been part of this election -- in this district, at this time, and alongside so many awesome candidates and community members. I know that we will work together to create lasting impact and empower our students with the opportunities they need to live epic lives."

The two other incumbents running for re-election, Charlie Knight and Marcelino Lopez, came in sixth and ninth place, respectively, out of 10 candidates (including Maria Chavez, who withdrew from the race but still received close to 1,000 votes). They won less than 8 percent of the vote.

Out of 12,904 registered voters, 7,377 ballots were cast in this race, according to the San Mateo County Elections Office.

Pulido, Sobomehin and Fitch will join Marielena Gaona Mendoza and Sharifa Wilson at the dais. The board's next meeting is on Thursday, Dec. 13.

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Posted by huh - democracy works
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Dec 7, 2018 at 10:51 am

Because I knew this election was particularly important, I paid closer attention to the Ravenswood School Board race ... people were upset with the current school board, but it seemed as if the main qualification of some challengers was being angry. I spent a few hours watching the videos and reading the statements of the candidates - it was a lot of work! - to make up my own mind. Fitch, Sobomehin - and, for that matter, Nunez - all were good challengers; Pulido was the one incumbent that left a very positive impression (Knight couldn't be bothered to give a statement, for all I know she's fine, but she shouldn't take the voters for granted). I knew what my opinion was at the end, but I wasn't sure how much other people did their homework. Alas, I think they were; it was not a dartboard election. It helps my faith in democracy.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Dec 7, 2018 at 11:51 am

I have questions about Pulido - mainly, why she gets re-elected. She comes across as smug, mean-spirited, arrogant and as a mendacious empire-builder.


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