This is an excerpt of On Assignment, education writer Theresa Harrington's blog on Contra Costa County schools. Read more and post comments at IBABuzz.com/onassignment. Follow her at Twitter.com/tunedtotheresa or Facebook.com/TheresaHarringtonBANG.
As the election filing deadline neared in Contra Costa County on Friday, nearly 100 candidates had taken out papers for more than 20 school board races.
The filing deadline will be extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday in 11 districts where some incumbents are not seeking re-election. These include: The Acalanes, Brentwood, Byron, John Swett, Lafayette, Moraga, Mt. Diablo, Orinda, Pittsburg, Walnut Creek and West Contra Costa districts.
Just before the filing deadline, it appeared that nearly all of the races would be contested, with most incumbents facing challengers. Here is a list of the races and candidates who had qualified for the ballot by 5 p.m. Friday, followed by potential candidates who had taken out papers, but had not yet completed all the ballot requirements.
County Board of Education, Area 2: Incumbent Christine Deane and Ray Andersen.
County Board of Education, Area 4: Incumbent Richard Asadoorian and Mike Maxwell.
County Board of Education, Area 5: Incumbent Cynthia Ruehling and Jeff Belle.
Community College, Ward 1: Incumbent John Marquez and Cheryl Sudduth.
Community College, Ward 3: Tim Farley and incumbent Matthew Rinn.
Community College, Ward 4: Incumbent John Nejedly (unopposed).
Acalanes: Incumbent Susan (Susie) Epstein, incumbent Nancy Kendzierski, Kristen Correll and Robert Hockett.
Acalanes (short term): Incumbent J. Richard Whitmore (unopposed).
Antioch Unified School District: Incumbent Joy Motts, incumbent Gary Hack, Debra Vinson and Walter Ruehlig.
Brentwood: Incumbent Emil Geddes, incumbent Heather Partida, John A. Fjeldstad, Scott S. Dudek, Susan Wallace, Johnny Rodriguez, Christina Bell and Marci Lapriore.
Byron Union: Incumbent Jill Marlene Sprenkel, Felicia Schweller and Tania Salinas. Not yet qualified: Karri Jo Murayama.
Byron (short term): Incumbent Betty Sanchez. Not yet qualified: Gina Larmar Parish.
Canyon Elementary: Incumbent David James Smith, incumbent Ian Llewellyn and incumbent Geronimo Bernard.
John Swett: Incumbent Brian Colombo, Michael Kirker and Deborah A. Brandon.
Knightsen: Incumbent Liesel Williams, Patrick Hulleman and Kristen L. Fuller, incumbent Ralph Adam McMeans and Robin Denise Pastor.
Lafayette: Incumbent Teresa Gerringer, incumbent David Gerson, and Suzy Pak.
Liberty: Incumbent Roy Ghiggeri, incumbent Daron Spears, incumbent Joanne Louise Byer and Pauline Allred.
Martinez: Incumbent Deidre Siguenza, incumbent Roberta "Bobbi" Horack and Ronald Skrehot.
Moraga: Incumbent Parker Colvin, Heather O'Donnell and Jonathan Nickens.
Moraga (short term): Not yet qualified: Heather O'Donnell.
Mt. Diablo: Incumbent Linda Mayo, incumbent Cheryl Hansen, Michael Langley, Herbert Lee and Debra Mason and James Ryan Egnor-Keil.
Oakley: Incumbent Gloria Jean Lott, incumbent Mark Jordan and incumbent Arthur Fernande.
Orinda: Incumbent Juliane Rossiter, Hillary Shayne Weiner, Carol Brown and Jason Kaune. Not yet qualified: incumbent Christopher Clark Severson.
Pittsburg: Incumbent Joe Arenivar, incumbent Duane Smith and De'Shawn Woolridge. Not yet qualified: Daniel Borsuk.
San Ramon Valley: Incumbent Ken Mintz, incumbent Rachel Hurd, incumbent Denise Jennison and Jerome Pandell.
Walnut Creek: Incumbent Barbara Pennington, Stacey Schweppe, Aimee Moss, Heidi Hernandez Gatty and Sherri McGoff.
West Contra Costa: Incumbent Madeline Kronenberg, incumbent Elaine Merriweather, Elizabeth (Liz) Block, Chester Stevens, Raquel Donoso, Otheree Christian, Mister Phillips and Peter Nicholas Chau. Not yet qualified: Charlene W. Harlan-Ogbeide, Valerie Cuevas and Giorgio Cosentino.
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