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Special District

Duplicate of Santa Clarita Community College District Area 2Candidate for Duplicate of Santa Clarita Community College District Area 2

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Edel Alonso

Retired College Counselor
7,261 votes (42.58%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Televising Board of Trustees meetings for the sake of transparency and accountability. Tax payers have the right to see their elected officials at work making decisions that affect the community.
  • Using common sense and sound judgment on legal matters to avoid costly and unnecessary lawsuits.
  • Making decisions based on budget priorities that truly put students first so that promises made to students are promises kept.



University of La Verne Doctorate, Organizational Leadership (current)
Loyola Marymount University Master's degree, Counseling (current)
Montclair State University, New Jersey Bachelor's degree, Modern Languages: Spanish and French (current)


Edel and her husband, Charlie Armstrong, have lived in Santa Clarita for 29 years and love this valleyA life-long educator, for the last 16 years of her career, she was a counselor and a teacher at College of the Canyons (COC). Prior to COC, she worked for the Wm. S. Hart High School District as a counselor, first at Hart High and then at Valencia. 


Edel is passionate about teaching and learning and giving students access to support services and quality education. She believes in providing educational opportunities that combine academic learning with technical training to prepare students for successful careers. Having taught and counseled at the high school, community college and university level, she dedicated her professional life to helping students succeed and achieve their personal, career and educational goals. She earned a Master degree in Counseling an a Doctorate in Educational and Organizational Leadership. Her enthusiasm and energy is genuine and earns her admiration and respect. 


Edel has counseled and taught students at the high school, community college and university levels during her 40 year career as an educator. She believes in both high academic standards and high tech job training. In addition, she served as Academic Senate President at COC. She has worked alongside administrators to develop policies and procedures, to resolve funding challenges, and to improve quality and services. These diverse roles have gained her the valuable practical experience needed to be an outstanding member of the Board of Trustees.


In celebrating her 15 years of service at COC, the college noted that Edel is truly an "inspirational leader, loved and admired." She served two terms as President of the faculty's Academic Senate. She also chaired the faculty Qualifications Committee and co-chaired the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Budget. Additionally, she was a member of the College Policy Council and a member of the College's Planning Team. Through these experiences, Edel illustrated her collegiality and ability to collaborate with Board members, administrators, classified employees, full and part-time faculty and students alike. She is an independent thinker who reviews data, considers options, and the effect of decisions on students and community.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (3)

  • Santa Clarita Valley Young Democrats
  • Democratic Alliance for Action of Santa Clarita
  • College of the Canyons Faculty Association (COCFA)

Elected Officials (2)

  • Joan Whaling MacGregor, Santa Clarita Community College District Trustee
  • Linda Storli-Koontz, Wm. S. Hart U.H.S. District School Board Member

Individuals (6)

  • Diana Shaw, Attorney, Santa Clarita
  • Dr. Tom Oliver, Retired President, Los Angeles Pierce Community College
  • Karl Boeckmann - VicePresident, Galpin Motors
  • Marguerite and Jeff Stabile, Owners, Pegasus2Edu
  • Peggy Cannistraci, Owner, Math Support Services
  • Ivy Pierson, VicePresident, Household Group Wealth Management

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy


Edel believes in transparency and accountability for all public officials.
As a Trustee, she will be committed to: 
* Making decisions based on budget priorities that always put students first
* Maintaining high standards of excellence and ethics
* Ensuring access to programs and services for all students including the abled and disabled 
* Practicing open communication and televising board meetings
* Maintaining facilities for optimum learning
* Using common sense and sound judgment on legal matters to avoid costly lawsuits
* Exercising transparency on fiscal matters so taxpayers can hold trustees accountable for their decision

Position Papers



Here are Edel's solutions for the Board of Trustees regarding 8 issues of concern. 



The Board gains respect and cooperation when it advocates for decision making to be an inclusive collaborative process based on budget priorities that truly put students first.


The Board must exercise transparency when making budgetary decisions to demonstrate financial accountability and gain the public trust.


The Board must establish strict guidelines and standards to measure the effectiveness of organizational accomplishments, including the evaluation of the Board itself and of the Administration.


The Board must continue to promote partnerships with industry, other educational institutions, civic organizations and local and state government for the benefit of our students and our community.



The Board must use common sense and sound judgment on legal matters to avoid costly and unnecessary lawsuits. 




The Board must rely on data driven decisions to balance support for the development of new programs while ensuring attention to existing programs that need maintenance and improvement.



The Board must exercise its responsibility to ensure that the District comply with the American Disabilities Act and make all instructional and non-instructional programs and facilities accessible to both able and disabled students.



Board of Trustees meetings must be televised for the sake of accountability and transparency. Residents of the District who are the taxpayers have a right to view the work of its elected public officials. 


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