Back in January, I shared that I will seek re-election to the Board of Education this November. Since that time, I’ve also decided to seek election to the Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC) this June. The DCCC is the governing board of the local Democratic Party, charged with registering voters, raising money, setting policy and voting on Party endorsements. There is no conflict in serving on both the Board of Education and the DCCC.
I decided to run for DCCC because, in this heavily Democratic city, it is the body that sets our political priorities. My two priorities are open space and schools — open space because of my work with the San Francisco Parks Alliance, and schools because of my work on the Board of Education. I think both of those priorities should rank higher in our politics. To learn more about my DCCC candidacy, and how you can help, visit my DCCC campaign web site.
Only registered Democrats can vote for DCCC, and you can only vote for candidates in your Assembly District. I live in Assembly District 19 (Phil Ting’s district), so if you are a Democrat who lives in David Chiu’s district, you won’t see me on your ballot. Check your registration status here! You can re-register to vote online at the Secretary of State’s web site — the last day to register to vote for the June election is May 23.
Labor Day traditionally marks the start of campaign season, and a headlong rush towards November. This year, three seats on the Board of Education are up, with two incumbents seeking re-election and one open seat (Jane Kim is running for Supervisor in District 6). I would like to introduce the three candidates I am endorsing for these seats– Margaret Brodkin, Hydra Mendoza and Emily Murase:
Margaret has over 30 years experience advocating for children’s issues in San Francisco. She is nationally-known for creating the Children’s Fund, which has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for programs serving children and families. Margaret is relentless in her advocacy and progressive in her politics; even though we may differ on some issues, I know I will always respect her point of view. She is a keen, strategic thinker who relishes debate and asks great questions. Her presence will improve the quality of the Board’s discussions and the stringency of our oversight. To learn more, visit www.brodkinforschoolboard.org
Hydra has served on the school board for the past four years with distinction, and I’m pleased she has decided to seek a second term. She has provided a valuable link between the City (by day she works as Mayor Newsom’s Education Advisor) and the school district. She has forged good working relationships with each of the Board members, and as a Commissioner has shown herself to be someone who asks good questions and listens to varied points of view; I have enjoyed serving with her since I arrived on the Board in early 2009. For more information, visit www.hydramendoza.com
I got to know Emily when she and I ran together during the 2008 election cycle. While her first campaign was not successful, she has shown great perseverance and dedication in her decision to run again this time around. Emily grew up in San Francisco and her family was instrumental in starting the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program that now resides at Rosa Parks Elementary in the Western Addition (both of Emily’s young daughters attend this program). She is active in the Lowell High School alumni association and has served with distinction on the Parent Advisory Council. I know she will be a thoughtful and grounded member of the Board, and bring a welcome on-the-ground perspective as an involved parent in the district. For more information, visit www.emilymurase.com
I am intentionally disabling comments on this post, as I don’t want to host a debate about the relative merits of candidates. These are my personal choices, which I am broadcasting as a way of helping to inform voters and supporters who have not yet made up their minds or studied the race. You can always send me your thoughts at comments “at” rachelnorton.com
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Buttons are on the way! And since red is the fashion color this year, you’ll be right in style with your Rachel Norton accessories!
In other news, a big THANK YOU to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club for giving my campaign their endorsement last night.
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