Four candidates are vying for two open seats in the Mt. Diablo board race. One, Sherry Whitmarsh, has had four years to make good on her election promises. Brian Lawrence, Debra Mason and Barbara Oaks say they are ready to get things done. Who are they?
Occupation: Technology executive, part-time vocational school teacher
Elected history: Second-time candidate; ran unsuccessfully in 2010
Personal background: Married with four children; Walnut Creek resident
Education: B.A. in political science, UC Santa Barbara; M.B.A., Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
Occupation: Healthy Living Program Coordinator, UC Cooperative; educational consultant
Elected history: Third-time candidate; ran unsuccessfully in 1997 and 2002; applied to fill vacancy in 2006, but was not appointed; serves on the Bay Point Municipal Advisory Committee
Personal background: Married with two children and two grandchildren; Bay Point resident
Education: Library Technology certificate and Conflict Resolution certificate, Diablo Valley College
Occupation: Retired high school principal and retired teacher
Elected history: First-time candidate
Personal background: Married with two children and two grandchildren; Pleasant Hill resident
Education: B.A. in liberal studies, San Francisco State University; M.A. in educational leadership, Chapman University; multiple subjects credential, San Francisco State University; special education credential for mild-to-moderate disabilities, Cal State East Bay; Resource Specialist certificate, Dominican College
Occupation: Business consultant at Chevron
Elected history: Incumbent elected in 2008; finalist to fill vacancy in 2006, but was not appointed
Personal background: Married with two children; Concord resident
Education: B.S. in computer science with a minor in business administration, Cal State Hayward
An Election Preview 2012 televised round table with Mt. Diablo school board candidates -- produced through a partnership between the Contra Costa Times, League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley, Contra Costa Television and the Contra Costa Election Department -- can be viewed according to the following schedule:
The forum is also available at www.contracostatimes.com/elections.
For more details about the candidates, read the On Assignment blog at www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment.