It’s already election day, so what better time to explain my own endorsements in the race for WCCUSD school board. Maybe not. Consider this more of a confession than an endorsement at this point.
There are four candidates for two slots:
I’ve been pretty clear about my support for Todd for a while. He’s someone who is using his retirement to not just volunteer but to actually lead in bringing key concrete programs into schools. So far, it’s been the Writer Connection and a new middle school math initiative. I’ve always been impressed with his intelligence and interest in academic issues. He also has a great way of just ignoring divisiveness around him and just getting on with the business of serving student needs (a skill I could be better at). It would be good to have someone with his mind on the board. (He is 5 for 6 in main institutional endorsements.)
Enos and Medrano are kind of a toss-up for me for the other slot. Medrano seems more open to reform, but he’s too wedded to the construction program and endless bond measures. Enos is an ex-teacher and ex-principal who can bring that kind of perspective. He’s also a moderate person, so even in cases like charter schools, where he doesn’t really support them, he can be relied on to be fair. So, if I have to choose, I choose Enos.
Studdiford is the candidate I’ve known the longest, but also the one I rate the lowest. He is really unsuited to be in this position. He’s being cooler in the run-up to the election, but he has generally been immature, belligerent, and very them-vs.-us. I always get the feeling that he’s not quite all there. He’s also not that knowledgeable outside of school construction.
His major activities have been defending the construction program and supporting his hero, Charles Ramsey. This has turned into large donations from the interests he was supposed to be overseeing on the bond oversight committee (included the notorious Seville Group indicted for their activities in the Sweetwater district) and a lot of politician endorsements. This gives him a good chance. The only upside to his election would be a great increase in the entertainment value of board meetings.