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Cabrillo Community College DistrictCandidate for Member, Board of Trustees, Trustee Area 7

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Edward K. Banks

4,671 votes (37.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensuring equal access and a quality education to all who desire it.
  • Lobby for more state funding for the community college system and, more specifically, Cabrillo Community College to support continued student success.
  • Continue to work towards fiscal soundness of our college.



Profession:Insurance Agent & Broker
Owner-Partner, KBK Insurance Agency, Watsonville, CA (1996–current)
Trustee, Area 7, Cabrillo Community College District — Appointed position (2012–current)
Trustee, Pajaro Valley Public Cemetery District — Appointed position (2010–current)
Owner - Partner, Martin & Friend Insurance Agency, Watsonville, CA (1983–1996)


Cabrillo Community College; Sonoma State College Associate of Arts; Bachelor of Arts, Kinesiology (1970)

Community Activities

Member, past President, Rotary Club of Watsonville (1978–current)
Board Member, Cabrillo College Foundation (2018–current)
Reserve firefighter, Watsonville Fire Department (1981–2006)


I have had the pleasure and honor to serve as Area VII Trustee for the Cabrillo Community College, representing portions of Watsonville, San Benito County, North Monterey County and the southern part of the Pajaro Valley area since 2012.I am deeply committed to providing the best educational opportunities for all our residents. I have lived in the Watsonville area most of my life. I attended public schools, graduating from Watsonville High School, Cabrillo College, and Sonoma State. As a local business owner, I understand the importance of fiscal responsibility and will do my part in helping guide the college during the next four years. I believe in volunteering and service to help our community expand educational opportunities for everyone.

For 25 years I was a Reserve Firefighter for the City of Watsonville. I have served in leadership capacities as a Board member for: Cabrillo College Foundation, Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Watsonville (Past President), Watsonville Firefighters Association, Watsonville National Little League, Watsonville YMCA, and Watsonville YWCA. 

I am committed to helping our residents realize their dreams of attending college, transferring to a 4-year university or obtaining the necessary technical training in preparation to enter our everchanging work environment

Questions & Answers

Questions from LWV Santa Cruz County (2)

Over the next year, what do you see as the two biggest challenges to be addressed in this office?
Answer from Edward K. Banks:

Maintaining fiscal soundness and working towards continued quality educational opportunities for all who desire to attend Cabrillo Community College.

What in your background, personal or professional, has prepared you to meet these challenges?
Answer from Edward K. Banks:

Having lived and worked in the Pajaro Valley and Watsonville since 1977, I'd like to think I know something about our area.  I'm open to discuss any aspect of the community college environment and will be the first to tell someone if I don't have an answer to their questions or concerns but will work to find answers and/or solutions.  I am not adversarial and would rather be part of a collegial and  communal effort to see our community college maintain the high standards and status it has achieved.

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