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Sausalito Marin City School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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David Suto

Mechanical Engineer
2,432 votes (24.73%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Involving parents and the community in a discussion about the current status of our schools, determining what our families and community want for each school, and advocating in our community to achieve those goals
  • Greater transparency at the school district including better noticing of meetings, video recording of meetings, and clear and detailed budget reports especially for district overhead.
  • Bridging the achievement gap at both of our schools.



Profession:Mechanical Engineer
Project Engineer, Parsons-Eagle Packaging Systems (2003–current)
Member, Sausalito Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee — Appointed position (2016–current)


Penn State Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering (1995)
Penn State Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (1989)

Community Activities

Member, Sausalito Lion''s Club (2014–current)
Volunteer, Sausalito-Sakaide Sister City Program (2014–current)
Volunteer, Sausalito Green Thumbs (2015–current)


My history with education begins with my grandfather and his experiences.  As a child of a coal miner and farmer in the depression, his dreams of college were dashed by family personal and financial tragedy.  He was one of the brightest people I have known who would quote the philosopher Spinoza and was a self-taught botanist, knowing the common and Latin names, uses, and properties of all the plants in his area.  He worked hard as a farmer and then a custodian and drove his children to the library in the next town every day after school to make sure 6 of his 8 children went to and graduated from college.  One of those children became a renowned chemist making jet fuel less explosive.  My parents instilled in me that same reverence for education.

I have lived in Sausalito for 12 years now and my wife worked for three years at Bayside/MLK.  From my own personal observations and interaction with students at MLK, I am concerned that our bright, enthusiastic students are not being provided the same basic opportunity to succeed that I had growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs where the majority of schools are nationally ranked and where all children are provided with the schools needed to ready them for college.

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