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Public school boards are a dark-funding target of the Kochs’ hyper-conservative “Americans for Prosperity (AFP)” campaign, focusing on destroying and privatizing our education system. (The Kochs (one has died) were also behind the Citizen’s United case.) One of AFP’s most infamous moves was to push four conservative candidates onto the school board of Wake County, NC in 2011, with the unstated intent to segregate the school district.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers union and a fierce critic of the Kochs and (Betsy) DeVos, said the Koch-funded push is about destabilizing public schools. She said she thinks austerity efforts to drastically cut school spending in states like Kansas backfired, so the Kochs are emphasizing private school choice instead.They and Betsy DeVos are twins,” Weingarten said. “They are about destroying public education and destroying the foundations of opportunity for working folk.‘”

For that to happen, they need to quietly take over school boards. Keep an eye out for candidates who deny climate change, or have issues against particular books, sex-education courses, and LGBTQ kids. Don’t vote for those with porous borders on the separation of church and state. Ask what they think about ethnic studies, and teaching more accurate US history, like the NY Times 1619 Project, vs. Trump or Koch-backed nonsense. Be very careful for whom you vote. Kids are depending on you.

Briggs School District

  • Colleen Garmon-Smith, incumbent
  • Victoria Jump, incumbent

Conejo Valley USD

Governing Board Member Trustee – Area 1

Karen Sylvester
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Governing Board Member Trustee – Area 5

  • Sandee Everett (R – Incumbent, endorsed by the Ventura Co. Republican Party.) (Read Indivisible Conejo’s action on her book censorship attempt and this related VC Reporter article here.)
  • Lauren Gill (D) endorsement list
Lauren Gill
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Fillmore USD

(Vote for 2)

  • Tricia Gradias (incumbent)
  • Olivia Palacio

Hueneme School District

Governing Board Member Trustee – Area 2

  • Darlene Bruno, incumbent

Governing Board Member Trustee – Area 4

  • Siguen Constanza, incumbent

Las Virgenes USD

Governing Board Member (Vote for 2)

Kate Vadehra
CADEMVentura County Democratic PartyVentura County Young Democrats
Indivisible conejo
Kiyomi Kowalski
CADEMVentura County Democratic Party
Indivisible conejo

Mesa Union School District

Vote for (2)

  • Jayme Dryden, incumbent
  • Steve Sullivan, incumbent

Moorpark Unified School District

Governing Board Member Trustee – Area 2

  • Scott Dettorre, incumbent

Governing Board Member Trustee – Area 4

  • Ute E. Van Dam, incumbent

Governing Board Member Trustee – Area 5

  • Michelle Barrett (DTS)
  • Amy Adams (DTS)
  • David Lopez-Lee (D)
David Lopez-Lee
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Mupu School District

Vote for (2)

  • Richard Casas, incumbent (short term)
  • Steven A. Jenkins, incumbent (full term)

Oak Park USD

(Vote for 2)

  • Denise G. Helfstein (incumbent)
  • Tina Wang

Ocean View School District

(Vote for 2)

  • Stephen R. Marshall, incumbent
  • James A. Merrill, incumbent

Ojai USD

Video of meeting – gallery view – here.

Governing Board Member Trustee – Area 2

Rebecca Chandler
CADEMVentura County Democratic PartyVentura Co. Women's Political CouncilVentura County Young Democrats
Planned parenthood
Jeffrey
Starkweather

Governing Board Member Trustee – Area 4

Chiany Dri
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Planned parenthood
Michelle Shelley Griffen
Ventura Co. Women's Political Council

Oxnard School District

Trustee Area 1

  • Katalina Martinez

Trustee Area 2

  • Jarely Lopez, incumbent

Trustee Area 4

  • Monica Madrigal Lopez, incumbent

Union School District

Governing Board Member (Vote for 2)

Elizabeth Botello
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GOOD club
Central Coast Labor CouncilLiuna laborer international
Carmen RamirezVianey lopez
Janessa Garcia
California Young DemocratsVentura County Young Democrats
Steve Hall
CADEMVentura County Democratic PartyGOOD club

Pleasant Valley USD

Non-partisan Pleasant Valley Unified School District – Governing Board Member (Vote for 2)

  • Daniel “DG” Goldberg (D)
  • Patrick Fitzgerald (D) (Incumbent)
  • Suzanne Kitchens (R) (Incumbent) (On the ground recommendation for her.)

Rio Mesa USD

Governing Board Member (Vote for 2)

  • Cassandra Bautista (AI)
  • Kristine Anderson (D)
  • Joe Esquivel (D) (Incumbent)
  • Feliz Eisenhauer (I) (Incumbent)
  • Sean Husband (DTS)
  • Matt Vaca Sams (R – Endorsed by the Ventura Co. Republican Party.)
Kristine Anderson
GOOD clubSanta Barbara Independent

Santa Barbara County

Non-partisan School Santa Barbara County Board of Education – Governing Board Member Trustee – Area 4

  • Roberta Heter (incumbent)
  • Michelle De Werd
  • Jim Richardson
Roberta Heter
Santa Barbara Independent

Santa Paula Unified School District

Governing Board Member Trustee – Area 2

  • Daniel Sandoval

Governing Board Member Trustee – Area 4

  • Gabriela Ornelas (D)
  • Michelle Kolbeck (R) (incumbent)
Gabriela Ornelas
Cause action fund

Governing Board Member Trustee – Area 5

  • Aaron Dunkel (no designation)
  • Chris Wilson (D)
Chris Wilson

Simi Valley USD

Governing Board Member Trustee – Area A

  • Bob Labelle, incumbent

Governing Board Member Trustee – Area B

  • Kareem Jubran, incumbent

Governing Board Member Trustee – Area C

VC Star article here.

  • Sofya Bagdasaryan (D)
  • Jonathan Bonesteel (DST)
  • Rocky Rhodes (R – Endorsed by the Ventura Co. Republican Party.)
Sofya Bagdasaryan
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INDIVISIBLE

Somis Union School District

Vote for (2)

  • Lizette Cuevas Gonzalez, incumbent
  • Robert Fulkerson, incumbent

Ventura County Board of Education

Governing Board Member Trustee – Area 3

  • Mark S. Lisagor, incumbent

Governing Board Member Trustee – Area 5

  • Ramon Flores, incumbent

Ventura County Community College District

Governing Board Member Trustee – Area 3

  • Stan Mantooth (DTS)
  • Nicole Wall (D)
  • Joe S. Ramirez (D) (Great endorsement letter-to-the-editor here.)
Joe Ramirez
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Governing Board Member Trustee – Area 4

  • Brian Gilbert (R – Endorsed by the Ventura Co. Republican Party.)
  • Bernardo M. Perez (D) (incumbent)
Bernardo Perez
SIMI VALLEY DEMVentura County Young Democrats
Christy smith

Ventura Unified School District

Governing Board Member Trustee – Area 2

  • Sabrena Rodriguez (D) (unopposed)
Sabrena Rodriguez
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Governing Board Member Trustee – Area 3

  • Jackie Moran (R – Incumbent, endorsed by the Ventura Co. Republican Party.)
  • Amy “Yamamoto” Callahan (D)
Amy Callahan
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