Unions, Elected Officials Throw Support Behind School Board Candidates

School Board candidates receive numerous endorsements from unions, elected officials and community leaders.

Written by DARREN LAI / Published October 30, 2009

With the school board elections approaching in just a few days, unions, elected officials and community leaders have rallied behind the three candidates running for Temple City school board.

Former School Board president and incumbent Joe Walker has been endorsed by the Temple City Education Association (TCEA), the local teachers’ union and the California School Employees Association (CSEA) unit 105.

Ken Knollenberg, who is running with Walker, has also been endorsed by TCEA and CSEA.

Meanwhile, incumbent Board Clerk Matt Smith has received numerous endorsements from city and district officials alike.

Two individuals Smith once campaigned against, School Board Vice-President Rachel LaSota and Member Janet Rhee, have thrown their support behind him.

In addition, Temple City mayor Fernando Vizcarra and his wife, former School Board Member Joan Vizcarra, councilman Tom Chavez, councilwoman Cynthia Sternquist, Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Linda Payne, Dr. Kenneth Martin, businessman Jerry Jambazian and former Chamber of Commerce chairman John Zubrick, have endorsed Smith.

The Pasadena Star News also endorsed Smith and Walker on Sunday, October 25.

Voters residing in the boundaries of the Temple City Unified School District will vote on Tuesday, November 3, 2009. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Election results will also be published at the Temple City Voice blog as results stream in.

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