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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Board Member, Seat 3Southwestern Community College DistrictNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

Southwestern Community College DistrictBoard Member, Seat 3

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Farm Student
9,734 votes (6.3%)
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  • Promote the public good over single interests.
  • Ensure that Southwestern college is meeting current community needs and anticipate future trends.
  • Hire and support a chief executive who will lead Southwestern college with excellence.
Profession:Farming Student

Lander Iriarte, 34, has a background in financial services, and holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Sociology from Princeton Univeristy and an MBA from Rollins College. He is a long time resident of Chula Vista. He went to Chula Vista Hills Elementary, Bonita Vista Middle, and Bonita Vista High School. He is studying regenerative farming practices at Wild Willow farm. 

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Educator/Firefighter
39,015 votes (25.25%)
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  • Fiscal Responsibility, Making sure the Money spent, is well spent and not squandered.
  • Making sure that the education for the students is at the highest level possible.
  • To help bring together the local Businesses and Students. So when its time for them to go into the business market they are well prepared.
Profession:Retired Firefighter/ Driver, Retired Army Reservist, Retired Small Business owner (Sporting Goods)
Command Sergeant Major, US Military Reserves (ARMY), USMC from 1980 to 1986, US Army 1987 to 2014 (19802014)
Firefighter/Driver, Federal Fire Dept, San Diego Ca. (19902013)

 

WILLIAM D. MCLEROY 

I have been a Southbay resident since 1960, attending elementary, junior high and high school in Southbay as well as Southwestern College.  I am a proud product of the education system here in South San Diego.  I have been in the US Army Reserves for 32 years.  I was a full time Fire Fighter for 23 years.  I graduated in the top 5% of the US Army’s Sergeant Major Academy.  I was a teacher at the US Army’s Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations School where I became the Department Head.  In 2008, I became the Commandant of the school.  During my time, the grade point average went up.  The cost to run the school also went down.  The Deputy Commander of the Army school system (TRADOC) implemented my methods in other US Army schools.  Your children and their education is my priority to ensure their future success.  I intend to make Southwestern College a premier school system that will be the model for other Colleges as the standard for a good, solid education and taxpayer dollars well invested.  The parents and students of Southwestern College deserve a board that is open and honest.  

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Attorney/Community Leader
15,708 votes (10.17%)
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  • Provide fiscal oversight over the 2016-2017 budget, the $389,000,000 Prop R measure funding, and the $400,000,000 Prop Z measure funding if voters approve the measure in November.
  • Ensure that SWCC maintains its accreditation while the current Board of Governors work through various issues outlined by the ACCJC.
  • Promote a vibrant and safe campus community climate as well as increase student learning outcomes. "Students First," should be the primary focus, as well as recognizing the concerns of the Administrators, Faculty, and Classified Staff.
Profession:Attorney-At-Law
Deputy Public Defender IV, County of San Diego Office of the Public Defender (19892014)
Commissioner, California Council on Criminal Justice — Appointed position (20102011)
Commissioner, City of San Diego Mayoral Charter Review Commission — Appointed position (20072008)
University of California, Davis School of Law Juris Doctor (J.D.) (1989)
San Diego State University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Economics (1985)
Legal Advisor , San Diego Black Police Officers Association (2015current)
Board Member, California Civil Rights Coalition (2013current)
President, NAACP San Diego Branch (20092014)
Chair of the Criminal Law and Juvenile Justice Section, National Bar Association (20052010)
President, National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (20092010)

I am a 24 year veteran of the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office, over 40 year resident of San Diego County and 15 year resident of Eastlake. I know the challenges our communities face and education is one component of the solution.

As the product of a military family, I know the importance of duty, respect, and honor. 

I am a graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. I received a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, at Davis, School of Law.  

As an accomplished lawyer, respected leader, and trusted advisor, I have a passion for our youth, education, and voting.

As a small business owner, I opened a solo law office in Eastlake after retiring as a deputy public defender. I know the importance of honesty, integrity and efficiency.

Based on my long history of service to the community and legal profession, I was particularly honored to be named the 2016 79th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year.  

I know that education equals opportunity if it is available and accessible to everyone. With your support, I will bring my unique set of skills, abilities, and expertise to the Southwestern College Board of Governors.

I respectfully ask for your vote.

  • The Hon. Dr. Shirley N. Weber, 79th California Assemblymember
  • Southwestern Community College CSEA, Chapter 524
  • Eastlake-Bonita Democratic Club
  • The Democratic Professional Club
  • Democrats for Equality (Rated "Acceptable")
  • Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association
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SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
Governing Board Member – Seat No. 3

LEI-CHALA I. WILSON
Attorney At Law / Community Leader

I am a 24 year veteran of the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office, over 40 year resident of San Diego County and 15 year resident of Eastlake. I know the challenges our communities face and education is one component in being a solution.

As the product of a military family, I know the importance of duty, respect and honor.

I am a graduate of SDSU with a BA in Economics. I received a Juris Doctorate from the UC Davis, School of Law.

As an accomplished lawyer, respected leader and trusted advisor, I have a passion for our youth, education and voting.

As a small business owner I opened a solo law office in Eastlake after retiring as a deputy public defender. I know the importance of honesty, integrity and efficiency.

Based on my long history of service to the community and legal profession, I was particularly honored to be named the 2016 79th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year.

I know that education equals opportunity if it is available and accessible to everyone. With your support, I will bring my unique set of skills, abilities and expertise to the Southwestern College Board of Governors.

My qualifications and background are at wilsonesq4swcc.com.

I respectfully ask for your vote.

Mayor of Coronado
29,202 votes (18.9%)
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  • There is a huge amount of construction going on at Southwestern College. I want to use my municipal experience to see to it that this construction is well managed, student centered, and transparent to the public
  • Southwestern College will be hiring a new Superintendent in the next few months. I have the experience and sound judgment to contribute powerfully to this process of hiring a new Superintendent.
  • Students should be excited every time they step on campus and should feel that the campus is a second home where they can lounge, dream, and plan. I'm running to make SWCC a spark of creativity and growth.
Profession:Mayor of Coronado/AP US History and US Government Teacher at Coronado High School
AP US History Teacher/US Government Teacher, Coronado Unified School District (1999current)
Member of the Coronado City Council, Coronado City Council — Elected position (2002current)
Mayor, City of Coronado — Elected position (2008current)
Chairman, Coronado Historic Resource Commission — Appointed position (20012002)
National University California Professional Clear CLAD Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Sciences (2004)
UCSD BA with Honors in History and a Minor in Political Science (1997)

I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1976. I moved to Coronado in 1983 and attended Coronado public schools from 2nd-12th grades. My parents both reside in Coronado. My Dad is a retired Navy SEAL and my Mom is a retired nurse and preschool assistant. My older sister is a graduate of Southwestern College who went on to graduate from SFSU as an undergrad and USF as a Grad student. My younger brother is a gardener in Coronado and works twice as hard, day in and day out, than his mayoral brother :-)

I have served on the Coronado City Council for the past 14 years and I have led the Council as its Mayor for the past 8 years. I have concurrently been teaching AP US History at Coronado High School, full-time, for the past 17, going on 18 years.

My philosophy is to embrace George Washington's call in 1797 to avoid political parties and to instead embrace serving all segments of the public. If elected, I will ignore partisan politics and will focus on balancing the needs of students, taxpayers, and employees. I am endorsed by no political parties or unions. I will be devoted to the needs of my constituents and the many people who depend on SWCC for their pursuit of the American dream.

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SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
Governing Board Member – Seat No. 3

CASEY TANAKA
AGE: 40
Mayor of Coronado

I have served as Coronado’s Mayor for the past eight years and have been a Coronado City Council Member for the past fourteen years. I have concurrently been a fulltime history teacher at Coronado High School for the past seventeen years. I have a unique and valuable skillset to serve the public as a Trustee for Southwestern Community College and I seek your support to join its Governing Board.

I was reelected Mayor in Coronado four years ago by over 70% of the vote because I’m approachable, earnest, effective, and non-partisan. If elected, I’ll always focus my decision making on balancing the needs of our taxpayers, students, and employees. My experience as an elected municipal leader and a classroom teacher offers me the background to make sound decisions for our stakeholders and if elected, I’ll serve you ably and nobly.

Southwestern College is at a turning point. It will be hiring a new President/CEO and this will require board members with the integrity and wisdom to select the right person to lead this organization into the future. I’m ready and able to represent you as a Trustee for Southwestern Community College.

Senate Education Advisor
60,856 votes (39.39%)Winning
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  • Work tirelessly to expand educational opportunities in the South Bay.
  • Fight to protect Southwestern College to ensure it remains as an accessible, affordable world-class higher education institution.
  • Ensure that Southwestern College is a safe and welcoming environment for everyone regardless of race, gender, identity or religion.
Profession:Senate Education Advisor
District Director, California State Senate - Senator Marty Block (2012current)
Boardmember, City of San Diego International Affairs Board — Appointed position (2014current)
Advisory Boardmember, Otay Valley Regional Park Citizens Advisory Board — Appointed position (2015current)
Advisory Boardmember, Southwest High School Eco-Engineering Academy — Appointed position (2014current)
Advisor, San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force — Appointed position (2014current)
Executive Boardmember, Borderview YMCA — Appointed position (2015current)
UC Berkeley Bachelors Degree, Political Science and Public Policy (2005)

Thank you for taking the time to visit my page. Since you made the effort to visit, I believe you are very likely someone who believes in education, our community, and the future of our region.

Like me, you probably think it's a good idea to also allow community colleges like Southwestern College to offer affordable 4 year degrees. That's why I dedicated 3 years of my life to help make that happen. I advocated and worked on legislation on behalf of South Bay students who want and need a more affordable, local option for higher education.

Perhaps you have a deeper, personal connection to Southwestern College. I first experienced the campus at a young age, joining my single mother at her evening classes because she couldn't afford childcare. Through hard work and dedication, she earned her degree at Southwestern College, and raised her children with an appreciation of the difference a good education can make.

 

When I was in high school, I took college courses offered by Southwestern College at my high school. Those courses helped me better prepare for my degree from UC Berkeley.

Like you, I am very proud of our fine community college. I know how much it means to our region, and how many students it helps elevate into great careers. Like you, I believe in wise and fair administration of public funds. We need to 
think 

strategically in order to protect and enhance the resource which has been part of our community for so many years.

Please trust me when I say that I have the professional background, experience, and commitment to be the public servant you hope I will be. The teachers of SWC have endorsed my candidacy, as have most of the leaders you have elected in the South Bay because they know me, they know my values, my accomplishments, and they are looking forward to working together to further elevate Southwestern College to be the best community college in California.

 

Thank you!

  • The Souhtwestern College Faculty Association
  • The San Diego County Democratic Party
  • The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council
  • Southwestern College Governing Boardmember Nora Vargas
  • Southwestern College Governing Boardmember Humberto Peraza
  • National City Councilwoman Alejandra Sotelo-Solis
  • Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas
  • Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez
  • Senator Ben Hueso
  • Senator Marty Block
  • Congressman Juan Vargas
  • I believe soci­ety should work for every­one, not just some.
  • I believe gov­ern­ment can and should be a force for good. 
  • I believe in ele­vat­ing every­one to a posi­tion of equal treat­ment, regard­less of class, race, eth­nic­ity, con­science, gender, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, gen­der expres­sion, national ori­gin, abil­ity, or his­tory of disenfranchisement.
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SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
Governing Board Member – Seat No. 3

ROBERTO C. ALCANTAR
Senate Education Advisor

Thank you for taking time to read this. I know that if you are reading the ballot statement for Southwestern Community College District, you are someone who believes in education, our community, and the future of our region.

Like me, you probably agree we should allow community colleges to offer affordable four-year degrees. That's why I dedicated 3 years of my life to make that happen.

Perhaps you have a personal connection to Southwestern College. My first experience was at age 5. My mom couldn’t afford childcare, so she took me along to evening classes. Later, Southwestern College classes provided a shortcut for my four-year degree from UC Berkeley.

Like you, I am very proud of Southwestern College. I believe in the wise administration of public funds. I am committed to thinking strategically to protect and enhance the resources which are vital to our community.

I have the experience and commitment to be the public servant you hope I will be. The teachers of Southwestern College have endorsed me, as have many residents and business leaders. They know my values and accomplishments. We are looking forward to working together to further elevate Southwestern College to be the best community college in California.

www.votealcantar.com

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