The three incumbents in the race for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees appear to be headed for a decisive victory.
Incumbent Gilbert Wong leads the pack with 29.78% of the vote, as of 5 p.m. Monday. Fellow incumbents Peter Landsberger and Laura Casas are close behind, with 28.12% and 27.42%, respectively. Challenger Govind Tatachari trails at 14.68%. Countywide, roughly 87% of the vote has been tallied.
Wong said he was surprised and heartened to come in first, and excited to continue serving on the five-member board.
“With COVID-19 and the economic crisis, as well as declining enrollment, now is the time not for change, but to have that strong leadership,” he said of the incumbents being re-elected.
Wong added that he wants to ensure the district spends the $898 million bond measure voters approved in March wisely. In the next term, Wong added that he wants the district to start recording and posting the board meetings on the district’s website, something he said he’s pushed for before but that didn’t go anywhere.
Tatachari also urged archiving videos of all board meetings, as part of his campaign. Although Tatachari didn’t win, this was his first election and he said he wouldn’t rule out the idea of running again.
Landsberger, a Los Altos resident, said he believes that the three incumbents winning is primarily a reflection of the community recognizing the good work being done by the community colleges’ faculty, staff and administrators.
“That being said, I am very pleased that I have been given an opportunity to continue my service as a board member,” he said. “I’m committed to addressing the many challenges that we’re going to be facing because of COVID and its fallout.”
Fellow incumbent Casas did not respond to a request for an interview before the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline.