The filings are done for three of the West Contra Cost Unified School District Board of Education’s five seats. Even though Peter Chau and Madeline Kronenberg are on the ballot and closely associated with Charles Ramsey, he himself is not on the WCCUSD part of the ballot. Also, there is no construction bond measure, so we will have to wait another 2 years for another Prop. 39 bond measure.

Below is a list of the candidates as they will appear on the ballot. The ordering is determined by the Secretary of State’s alphabet for the election. Sadly, just reading this list is all a significant number of votes will be based on.

CHESTER R. STEVENS
Business Owner/Educator
MISTER PHILLIPS
Attorney/Child Advocate
ELIZABETH "LIZ" BLOCK
Elementary School Principal
OTHEREE CHRISTIAN
High School Security Officer
PETER NICHOLAS CHAU
Contra Costa County Law Clerk
VALERIE CUEVAS
Education Advocate
ELAINE MERRIWEATHER
Educator
RAQUEL DONOSO
Parent/Nonprofit Executive
AYANA KIRKLAND YOUNG
Attorney at Law
MADELINE KRONENBERG
School Boardmember/Teacher

Initial Thoughts

From the list there are two main groups to break out for initial dismissal, the incumbents and the “stepping-stoners.” Interestingly, both of the incumbents don’t actually refer to themselves as incumbents. The stepping-stoners are people who are just on their way up to bigger things with the school board being a single-A baseball team to play on in terms of campaigning or governing before moving up to the politics majors. Naturally, they’re good at garnering endorsements from the local political class. I prefer people for this school board who are not in either of these groups:

Incumbents

  • Elaine Merriweather
  • Madeline Kronenberg

Stepping-stoners

  • Mister Phillips
  • Peter Chau
  • Raquel Donoso

In future installments I’ll drill down deeper.