School Board Elections: What To Know before Nov. 3

Many local and municipal consolidated elections will take place Tuesday, November 3, including elections for the Glendora and Charter Oak Unified School Districts and the Citrus College Board of Trustees.

It is our goal to feature each candidate ahead of election day. Until then, here is a list of who is running:

Glendora Unified School District

  • There are five candidates running for two available spots on the governing board.
  • Robin Merkley – Homemaker
  • Lisa Ross – College Instructor
  • Linda Chan – Community College Professor
  • Linda Boyd – Registered, Parent
  • Maura Murabito – Educational Administrator

Long-time board members Doris Blum and Doug Ferrell will not seek reelection. Blum has served the district for 32 years, while Ferrell is in his 16th year on the board.

Charter Oak Unified School District
*The school board election for Charter Oak was cancelled August 12 due to a lack of candidates.

Incumbents Joseph Probst and Brian Akers sought reelection. Board member Bob Cruz did not file papers to run for reelection.

Covina resident Jeanette Flores, Regional Director and mother, filed papers for a spot on the Board.

Citrus Community College District
*There were elections scheduled initially for Trustee Areas 2, 4 and 5. Elections for areas 2 and 4 were cancelled August 7 due to a lack of candidates. The Area 5 election will continue as scheduled, with two candidates vying for a spot.

  • Joanne Montgomery – Citrus College BOT incumbent
  • Gary Woods – Professor and Business Attorney

Gary Woods is a former Citrus College board of trustee member, having served in Area 1, representing Azusa and portions of Duarte, for 32 years. Woods went down in defeat in 2013 to Board member Barbara Dickerson.

Woods’ final year in office was mired in controversy, having been accused by one of the teachers unions of not living in his district.

Evidence presented by John Fincher, apparently indicated that Woods did not live at the Azusa address he claimed to reside at, which is a senior living facility, but actually lived in a Sierra Madre residence.

Woods seeks a return to the Board of Trustees and seeks to unseat Montgomery, who has represented Area 5, which covers Monrovia, Bradbury and portions of Duarte.

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