The Game Is On for The Fall Classic in 2014!

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
ELIZABETHLIZBLOCK
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.