As the Temple City School Board election draws near, several major organizations and unions have not been shy about voicing their support for certain candidates.
The Temple City Education Association is a major teacher organization represented by Oak Avenue teacher, Deborah Maurey. The Education Association has expressed its approval toward Rachel LaSota, Robert (Bob) Ridley, and Janet Rhee.
The California School Employees Association (CSEA) is also playing a pivotal role in candidate endorsements. The union’s classified white-collar chapter, led by Marlene Van De Car, is endorsing Rachel LaSota and Bob Ridley.
Chapter 823 of the CSEA is a blue-collar union that has also been endorsing LaSota, Ridley, and Rhee. When asked why they support these particular candidates, Chapter 823 Representative Dave Matter responded, “We actually went out looking for people who had a legitimate interest in running.” LaSota, Ridley, and Rhee (who all have children at the schools) were encouraged by the CSEA to run for the school board.
Temple City residents must register to vote by October 22, 2007. Voting will take place on November 6, 2007.
This article was written by Jason Wu. It was published in the Temple City Voice on October 24, 2007.