Filing ends today for school board posts

There’s still time to run for a seat on most of San Luis Obispo County’s 10 school district governing boards.

The deadline for incumbents to file for re-election passed last Friday, but because some incumbents decided not to run, the filing deadline is extended to 5 p.m. today for seats on a majority of the county’s school district boards.

They include Cayucos Elementary, Coast Unified, Lucia Mar Unified, Paso Robles Joint Unified, Pleasant Valley Joint Union, San Miguel Joint Union, Shandon Joint Unified and Templeton Unified.

Although some races already have multiple candidates, setting the stage for a fruitful election season, others have none. For example, no one has filed yet to run for a two-year term on the Shandon school district board.

Three seats are open on the Templeton board, but only two people filed election papers as of Monday. Two seats are also available on the Cayucos Elementary board, but only one person — Victoria S. Dandurand, parent, teacher and counselor, has indicated she will run.

If no one files, then the district board will appoint someone at a later time to fill the post, county Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald said.

Here’s a look at how the races are shaping up in the county’s four largest school districts.

Atascadero Unified

Three seats are up in November’s general election, and the three incumbents — George Galvan, Corinne Kuhnle and Terri Switzer — have filed to run again.

They’ll be challenged by Dana Cummings, San Luis Obispo County’s veterans services officer.

Lucia Mar Unified

The Lucia Mar district’s governing board is divided into four areas, with seven total board members. Elections will be held for trustee area No. 1, which covers the Nipomo area, and trustee area No. 2, covering mostly the Arroyo Grande area and Huasna.

A two-year term is up for grabs in area No. 1. Incumbent Erica Reyes, who was appointed in September to fill a board vacancy, did not file election papers. Derek G. Carnes, who did not list an occupation, and Jeffrey W. Stein, a community college instructor, have filed to take her place.

Incumbent Dawn Hinchman, who has served eight years on the board and is currently the board president, also did not file for re-election.

On the ballot to take her place in trustee area No. 2 are Edith Cajas, a retired school employee; Mike Fuller, a business man; Vicki Meagher, a retired teacher; and Cathy Springford, a real estate broker.

In trustee area No. 4, covering Grover Beach, Pismo Beach and Shell Beach, incumbents Erik Howell and Dee Santos have both filed to run again. An election will not be held for their seats.

Paso Robles Joint Unified

Four four-year terms are up for election, and only two incumbents, Tim Gearhart and Robert Simola, filed for re-election. They will be challenged by four others: Nicolette Harley, a mother and real estate agent; David S. Lambert, a parent; Joel Peterson, a parent and communications director; and Joan Summers, a retired school secretary.

One additional person pulled papers to run but has not yet returned them to the county Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Chris Monteiro, who did not list an occupation in his election papers, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

San Luis Coastal Unified

No election will be held for the San Luis Coastal Unified District Board. Only the incumbents — Walter Millar, Kathryn Eisendrath-Rogers and current board President Chris Ungar — filed for re-election.


Get involved: Anyone interested in filing election papers must do so by 5 p.m. today. Interested candidates are encouraged to make an appointment with the county Clerk-Recorder’s Office at 781-5080. For more information about the November general election, go to www.slocounty.ca.gov/clerk/Elections.htm.