Politics

Who's Running for School Board in Orange County?

Scroll through a list of the candidates that will appear on the November 2022 ballot in the 28 school districts in O.C.

The candidates for the November 8, 2022 Statewide General Election are now set.

Spotlight Schools is committed to providing insightful and hyperlocal coverage on the races for school boards across Orange County’s 28 public school districts. We want to make it easier for you to find out who is running for your school board and what they stand for.

This page is intended to provide easy access to a list of the candidates in these nonpartisan contests. We provide links to candidates’ statements that were submitted to the Orange County Registrar of Voters’ office. If a candidate has a campaign website, then you can connect to it by clicking on their name.

Our goal is interview as many of these candidates as possible to dig deeper into what they hope to accomplish if elected to serve on the board that governs TK-12 schools in your neighborhood.

Do you have a question for your candidate? Are you a candidate that wants to be interviewed? Email hello@spotlightschools.com.

Please note that some seats that were scheduled to be considered in November will not appear on the ballot. That’s because “the number of candidates that qualified for the ballot is equal to or less than the number of seats up for election in that office,” according to the O.C. Registrar of Voters, Bob Page. In these cases, the candidates will be appointed to the seat per election law.

The school districts and candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

Anaheim Elementary School District Board of Education

See the map.

Voters in this school district will not be casting ballots for candidates for their school board despite three seats being due for consideration. The incumbents in Trustee Area 2, Trustee Area 4 and Trustee Area 5 were the only people to file paperwork to qualify as candidates. Therefore, the contests will not appear on the ballot and these candidates will be appointed to the seats per election law, according to the O.C. Registrar of Voters

Anaheim Union High School District Board of Trustees

See the map.

Trustee Area 1

In Trustee Area 2 and Trustee Area 5, only the incumbents, Annemarie Randle-Trejo and Anna L. Piercy respectively, turned in qualifying paperwork to run. Therefore, the contests will not appear on the ballot and the candidates will be appointed to the seats per election law, according to the O.C. Registrar of Voters.

Brea Olinda Unified School District Board of Education

See the map.

Trustee Area 1

Trustee Area 4

Buena Park School District Board of Education

See the map.

Trustee Area 4, Short Term

In Trustee Area 1, Trustee Area 2 and Trustee Area 5 only the incumbents turned in qualifying paperwork to run. Therefore the contests will not appear on the ballot and the candidates will be appointed to the seats per election law, according to the O.C. Registrar of Voters.

Capistrano Unified School District Board of Education

See the map.

Trustee Area 2, Short Term

Trustee Area 4

Trustee Area 7

In Trustee Area 6, only incumbent Gila Jones filed qualifying paperwork to be a candidate for the seat. Therefore, the contest will not appear on the November ballot and Jones will be appointed to the seat per election law, according to the O.C. Registrar of Voters.

Centralia School District Board of Education

See the map.

Trustee Area 1

In Trustee Area 2 and Trustee Area 5 only the incumbents, Art Montez and Luis Flores respectively, turned in qualifying paperwork to run. Therefore the contests will not appear on the ballot and the candidates will be appointed to the seats per election law, according to the O.C. Registrar of Voters.

Cypress School District Board of Education

See the map.

Trustee Area B

Trustee Area C

Trustee Area D

In Trustee Area D, only the incumbent, Lydia Sondhi, turned in qualifying paperwork to run for the seat; therefore, she will not appear on the ballot and will be appointed to the seat per election law, according to the O.C. Registrar of Voters.

Fountain Valley School District Board of Trustees

FVSD hosts district wide elections meaning every registered voter in the district casts ballots for all of the seats. Three seats will be filled in November and six candidates qualified for the ballot.

Fullerton Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees

See the map.

Trustee Area 4

In Trustee Area 1 and Trustee Area 5, the incumbents, Chester Jeng and Marilyn Buchi respectively, were the only people to file paperwork to qualify as candidates. Therefore, the contests will not appear on the ballot and these candidates will be appointed to the seats per election law, according to the O.C. Registrar of Voters

Fullerton School District Board of Education

See the map.

Trustee Area 4

In Trustee Area 1 and Trustee Area 3, the incumbents, Aaruni Thakur and Beverly Berryman respectively, were the only people to file paperwork to qualify as candidates. Therefore, the contests will not appear on the ballot and these candidates will be appointed to the seats per election law, according to the O.C. Registrar of Voters

Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education

See the map.

Trustee Area 2

In Trustee Area 4, only incumbent Robert Harden filed qualifying paperwork to be a candidate for the seat. Therefore, the contest will not appear on the November ballot and Harden will be appointed to the seat per election law, according to the O.C. Registrar of Voters.

Huntington Beach City School District Board of Trustees

See the map.

Trustee Area 4

Trustee Area 5

In Trustee Area 2 only one person, Meghan Willis, filed paperwork to qualify as a candidate and therefore she will not appear on the ballot and will be appointed to the seat per election law, according to the O.C. Registrar of Voters.

Huntington Beach Union High School District Board of Education

HBUHSD holds district wide elections. Three seats are open and voters will choose from eight candidates that qualified for the ballot.

Irvine Unified School District Board of Education

See the map.

Trustee Area 2

In Trustee Area 4, only one person, Jeff Kim, filed qualifying paperwork to be a candidate for the seat. Therefore, the contest will not appear on the November ballot and Kim will be appointed to the seat per election law, according to the O.C. Registrar of Voters.

La Habra City School District Board of Education

La Habra has district wide elections for its five-member board. Three seats are up for election and five candidates qualified for the ballot.

Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education

Voters in this school district, which has district wide elections, will not be casting ballots for candidates for their school board despite three seats being due for consideration. That’s because only three people filed qualifying paperwork to be candidates for the three seats on the ballot. Therefore, the contests will not appear on the ballot and these candidates, Joan Malczewski, Dee Perry and James J. Kelly, will be appointed to the seats per election law, according to the O.C. Registrar of Voters

Los Alamitos Unified School District Board of Education

See the map.

Trustee Area 1

Trustee Area 3

Lowell Joint School District Board of Education

See the map. (LJSD’s boundaries cover parts of Orange County and Los Angeles County.)

Trustee Area 2

Trustee Area 4

In Trustee Area 2 only the incumbent, Anastasia Shackelford, filed paperwork to qualify as a candidate; therefore, she will not appear on the ballot and will be appointed to the seat per election law, according to the O.C. Registrar of Voters.

Magnolia School District Board of Trustees

See the map.

Voters in this school district will not be casting ballots for candidates for their school board despite three seats being due for consideration. In Trustee Area 1, Trustee Area 2 and Trustee Area 5 only the incumbents submitted qualifying paperwork to run for the seats that were up for election. Therefore these contests will not appear on the ballot and the incumbents will be appointed to their seats per election law, according to the O.C. Registrar of Voters.

Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education

See the map.

Trustee Area 2

Trustee Area 4

Trustee Area 5

Trustee Area 7

Ocean View School District Board of Trustees

Elections in the OVSD are held districtwide. Three seats of the five-member board are up for consideration and five candidates qualified for the ballot.

Orange Unified School District Board of Education

See the map.

Trustee Area 1

Trustee Area 4

Trustee Area 5

Trustee Area 7

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District Board of Education

See the map.

Trustee Area 4

Trustee Area 5

Saddleback Valley Unified School District Board of Education

See the map.

Trustee Area 1

Trustee Area 5

Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education

See the map.

Trustee Area 4

In Trustee Area 5, only one candidate, Hector Bustos, turned in qualifying paperwork to run for the seat; therefore, he will not appear on the ballot and will be appointed to the seat per election law, according to the O.C. Registrar of Voters.

Savanna School District Board of Trustees

See the map (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Trustee Area 2

In Trustee Areas 1 and 3, only the incumbents, Gay Zambrano and John Shook respectively, turned in qualifying paperwork to run for their seats. They will not appear on the ballot and will be appointed to the seat per election law, according to the O.C. Registrar of Voters.

Tustin Unified School District Board of Education

See the map.

Trustee Area 3

In Trustee Area 5, only the incumbent, Jonathan Abelove, turned in qualifying paperwork to run for the seat. He will not appear on the ballot and will be appointed to the seat per election law, according to the O.C. Registrar of Voters.

Westminster School District Board of Trustees

See the map.

The incumbents in Trustee Area 2 (Tina Gustin-Gurney), Trustee Area 3 (Khanh Nguyen) and Trustee Area 5 (Jeremy Khalaf) were the only people to file paperwork to qualify as candidates. Therefore, the contests will not appear on the ballot and these candidates will be appointed to the seats per election law, according to the O.C. Registrar of Voters.

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