While current San Leandro School Board President Ray Davis is running for the School Board again, it won't be for his current seat as the Area 5 Trustee. Instead of running against newcomer Diana Prola, Davis has chosen to run against a potential field of two candidates for the At-Large seat being vacated by Stephen Cassidy.
After the filing period opened, Prola and Davis each pulled papers for the Area 5 seat and the At-Large seat. They appeared to be trying to avoid running against each other - or at least trying to keep the other guessing for a while.
Former School Board Trustee Ken Pon told San Leandro Bytes today that he has decided against running for election. Pon said that he may consider a future run for the School Board, but he's too busy right now and not willing to give up the things that are keeping him busy. Pon is active in the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce, San Leandro Downtown Business Association, San Leandro Rotary, Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus, and Bay O Vista Improvement Association.
With Pon pulling out, that leaves Davis to face Mark Tichy and Don Grundmann. Tichy ran unsuccessfully for the School Board in 2002, for the City Council in 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008 and for Mayor in 2002. Grundmann hasn't run for local office before, but did run unsuccessfully for Congress in 2000 and 2002, and the U.S. Senate in 2004 and 2006. Grundmann also unsuccessfully campaigned to be the Constitution Party's nominee for President in 2008.
Davis is the only official candidate for the At-Large seat so far. Wednesday, August 13, 2008, is the deadline for candidates to file papers in races where the incumbent is not running.Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at August 11, 2008 10:38 PM | TrackBack