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Special District

Columbia Union Elementary School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Mary Rose Axiak-Rutikang

Appointed Incumbent
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Safe and welcoming school environment that fosters high academics and is equitable among all students
  • Ensure fiscally sound school budget and policies
  • Engagement and encouragement of parent participation and feedback



I was appointed to the Columbia Union School District Board of Trustees in August of 2019 and spent two years on the Columbia Union School Site Council from 2017-2019. I grew up in Copperopolis and am a graduate of Bret Harte High School. I hold a Master’s of Public Administration in International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, where I served as a Peace Corps Master’s International Student in the country of Rwanda from 2009-2011. I also hold a Bachelor’s degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento. 

Currently I am the City Adminstrator for the City of Sonora and have spent my professional career in civil, government service.  For the last 9 years, the main focus of my career has been developing and implementing governmental budgets, along with implementing adopted policies. 

I am active in the community, serving as a coach to both of children's soccer teams, participating in my son's Cub Scouts Pack, and serve as the District Commissioner for my daughter's Liberty Oaks Pony Club.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Now more than ever we need a voice that cares deeply about our parents’ concerns and feedback. I am passionate about public education and believe that public education ensures educational equity among all children. I currently have two children attending Columbia Elementary School - a 1st grader and a 3rd grader.  I strongly believe that our children deserve the best and I will continue to push for excellence, ask tough questions and demand thorough and transparent answers. I believe the best place for our children to learn is in the classroom and will continue to advocate for the opening of our school in a safest manner possible for our children and staff. I am proud of our School and our District and believe we have the greatest teachers and staff in the county.

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