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CUSD election final thoughts

Posted: November 26, 2009 8:16 p.m.
Updated: November 27, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
First and foremost, I’d like to congratulate the new governing board members of the Castaic Union School District, Victor Torres and Susan Christopher, as well as the incumbent Laura Pearson. I do so in the hopes we can start to heal the divisions of the campaign and the contest through which we’ve just passed.

I say to Pearson in particular, that whatever rancor remains must now be put aside, as you’ve been rewarded with the second term you sought thanks to the overwhelming confidence of your friends in the community.   

Like them, I trust you will always do what’s best for the children of Castaic, regardless of your personal feelings and encourage you to not only put the past behind you but help raise this district to greater heights.

We can do better and it is your solemn responsibility to lead us there.

Let there be no doubt, I am disappointed.

This has been an extraordinary experience and despite the woefully low turnout, those who voted have spoken and spoken clearly.

I now pledge as a parent to do everything I can to help the new board tackle the challenges which surely lay ahead of us, and I also promise to stay directly engaged in the fight to bring a timely conclusion to our high school drama with the William S. Hart Union High School District.

This has been my mission for nearly a decade and I will see it through.

I am beholden to all those who supported me and I feel a deep debt of gratitude, in particular, to the friends who put up signs, campaigned with and for me and provided advice along the way.

And lastly, I must thank my wife Bianca and daughters Fiona and Kylie, not only for their silent sacrifice as I burned family time to campaign, but for their willingness to continue that sacrifice for four more years had I been fortunate enough to win.   

Thomas Jefferson said, “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people; they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”

Because public education matters, I’d like to challenge everyone who reads this to volunteer at our schools in some way, whether big or small and commit to helping the next board make our district the best in the Santa Clarita Valley. It can be, if we all work together.

Congratulations again to the winners.

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