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Santa Cruz County Board of EducationCandidate for Member, Trustee Area 3

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Sandra Nichols

10,705 votes (64.61%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Study and be aware of legislative actions and connect with state legislators on behalf of students in public schools.
  • Participate in deep discussions regarding distance learning and student's social needs.
  • Being responsive to students', parents' and community members' concerns about the schools.



  • Elected trustee in the Pajaro Valley USD (2000-20012); Elected trustee in County Office of Education (2012-current)
  • Taught in local public schools for 31 years as a bilingual speech and language specialist  (1978-2009)
  • Attended San Jose State University as a graduate student (1975-1979)
  • Worked as a social worker and eligibility worker in the Santa Cruz Dept of Social Services (1973-1975)
  • I have 2 children who attended local public schools;  I have 2 grandchildren, one of whom attends local public school.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (6)

  • Monterey Bay Central Labor Council
  • Greater Santa Cruz Federation of Teachers
  • Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers
  • Sierra Club
  • People's Democratic Club
  • Santa Cruz for Bernie

Elected Officials (10)

  • Sandy Brown, Santa Cruz City Councilmember
  • Patty Threet, Trustee - Santa Cruz City Schools
  • Nora Hochman, Democratic Central Committee
  • Mark Stone, California Assemblymember
  • Abel Sanchez, Trustee - County Board of Education
  • Bruce Van Allen, Trustee - County Board of Education
  • Sue Roth, Trustee - County Board of Education
  • Jane Barr, Trustee - County Board of Education
  • Dana Sales, Trustee - County Board of Education
  • Sheila Coonerty, Trustee - Santa Cruz City Schools

Individuals (13)

  • Michael Watkins - Former County Superintendent of Schools
  • Luis Alejo, Former California Assemblymember
  • Judith Frieda Krieger
  • Jeffrey Smedberg
  • Rick Longinotti
  • Gail Jack
  • Catharina Marlowe
  • Mary Doherty
  • Mike Barsi
  • Nancy Krusoe
  • Franco Picarella
  • Brian Murtha
  • Ron Pomerantz

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

     I believe that public schools are one of the crucial elements in preparing young people for careers and for their participation in our society as active, informed voting members.  Never expecting to run for office, I became interested in the work of school board trustees when I attended a public event at which teachers were encouraged to run for school boards. 

     Good schools make our communities stronger.  Great schools are those in which diversity is considered a strength, in which each student's individuality is respected, and parents are always welcome to participate.

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