The field of candidates for the At-Large seat on the San Leandro School Board grew by three candidates this week when Ken Pon, Mark Tichy, and Don Grundmann pulled papers for the race. Together with Diana Prola and Ray Davis, a total of five people may be competing for this seat in the November 2008 election.
Pon, who has his own accounting practice, held the At-Large seat from 1996 until 2004, when he lost to Stephen Cassidy. Cassidy has announced that he will not seek re-election.
Tichy works at Chicago Blues Cafe in San Leandro and campaigned unsuccessfully for the District 6 San Leandro City Council in June 2008. Tichy was also one of 12 applicants for the appointment to the District 6 City Council seat when Tony Santos was elected Mayor in November 2006 but he was not one of the six finalists interviewed by the City Council. Tichy ran for the District 6 seat unsuccessfully in 1996, 2000, and 2004. Tichy also lost his run for Mayor of San Leandro and the Area 5 seat on the San Leandro School Board in 2002.
Grundmann is a local chiropractor and herbalist who unsuccessfully ran for the 13th Congressional seat held by Pete Stark in 2000 and 2002, and the U.S. Senate in 2004 and 2006. He also unsuccessfully campaigned to be the Constitution Party's nominee for President in 2008.
As of August 1, 2008, none of the five candidates had submitted completed papers to become an official candidate. Any resident of the San Leandro Unified School District (which includes Oakland's Sheffield Village) who is a registered voter is eligible for the At-Large position. The deadline for submitting nomination papers, which includes the signatures of 20 registered voters who live within the SLUSD, is Wednesday, August 13, 2008.Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at August 1, 2008 1:46 PM | TrackBack