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Deadline looms for school board candidates

It’s the final stretch for candidates to file to run for local school boards in the Nov. 3 election. The candidate nomination period opened July 13 and runs through Friday.

If any of the eligible incumbents in a race don’t file, the deadline for that contest is extended until Aug. 12 for new candidates.

Below is a summary of possible candidates who have stepped forward, as of the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline. The one new contender since last week’s article is described in more detail, while the candidates who previously filed or pulled nomination papers are listed. For more on the previously identified candidates, check out the article in the July 29 edition of the Town Crier.

The list is based on information from the County of Santa Clara Registrar of Voters, unless otherwise noted.

LASD

Two seats are up for election on the five-seat Los Altos School District Board of Trustees. The potential candidates:

  • Jessica Speiser: incumbent, taken out nomination papers.
  • Steve Taglio: incumbent, taken out nomination papers.

MVLA

Two seats are up for a vote on the five-member Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees. The potential candidates:

  • Laura Teksler has taken out nomination papers. She is currently vice president of the Los Altos High School PTSA, is co-chairwoman of Los Altos Community Foundation and serves on the LASD Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Finance and the city of Los Altos’ Environmental Commission.
  • Sanjay Dave: incumbent, taken out nomination papers.
  • Phil Faillace: incumbent, taken out nomination papers.

MVWSD

On the Mountain View Whisman School District’s Board of Trustees, three seats are up for a vote. The potential candidates:

  • Laura Ramirez Berman: taken out nomination papers.
  • Laura Blakely: incumbent, taken out nomination papers.
  • Christopher K. Chiang: filed.
  • Patrick Neschleba: taken out nomination papers.

CUSD

The Cupertino Union School District Board of Education has two of its five seats up for election. The potential candidates:

  • Wil Fluewelling: filed.
  • Sudha Kasamsetty: taken out nomination papers.
  • Sylvia Leong: incumbent, filed.
  • Phyllis Vogel: incumbent, filed.

FHDA

Three seats are open on the five-seat Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees. The potential candidates:

  • Laura Casas: incumbent, taken out nomination papers.
  • Peter Landsberger: incumbent, filed.
  • Gilbert Wong: incumbent, filed.

FUHSD

Two of five seats are open on the Fremont Union High School District Board of Trustees. The potential candidates:

  • Jeff Moe: incumbent, taken out nomination papers.
  • Roy Rocklin: incumbent, filed.

Santa Clara County Board of Education – Area 1

Grace Mah’s term expires on the Santa Clara County Board of Education this year. The seat covers the Los Altos School District, Mountain View Whisman and MVLA, among other districts. The potential candidates:

  • Mah: incumbent, taken out nomination papers.
  • Melissa Baten Caswell: taken out nomination papers.

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