Like nearly every local public entity, the Contra Costa Community College District faces significant financial challenges should Proposition 30 fail. In the case of this district, which serves Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College and Los Medanos College, the loss would be about $9 million. That means tough choices will have to be made.

That is why we think it is vital for voters to select experienced, dedicated people to fill the two seats up for election to the district's governing board.

Voters in Ward 2 will choose among three solid candidates, incumbent Tomi Van de Brooke, former Martinez school board member Vicki Gordon and former Lafayette Mayor and Saint Mary's professor Tom Cleveland.

While Van de Brooke has served well, we wonder about her commitment. She initially was not going to run for re-election, choosing instead to seek a county supervisor seat. Only after she lost that in the primary did she enter the race. We think Gordon's enthusiasm and solid experience would be beneficial to the board.

In Ward 5, the voters also have three able candidates, trade publication editor Daniel Borsuk, education program analyst De'Shawn Woolridge and Heald College professor Greg Enholm. We recommend Borsuk, whose 20 years on the county board of education should serve the district well.



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