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San Diego County, CA November 4, 2014 Election
Board Member; Poway Unified School District Voter Information

Full Term.

Candidates (Vote for 3)
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Michelle O'Connor-Ratcliff Click here for more information about this candidate 19921 votes 16.91%

  • Occupation: Law Professor/Volunteer
  • Born in Rancho Peñasquitos
  • Daughter of two PUSD teachers
  • Graduate of Mt. Carmel High School, Stanford University, and UC Hastings Law
  • Adjunct Professor of Business Law at the University of San Diego
  • Mother of two PUSD elementary students
  • Volunteer: PTA Board, School Site Council rep, Room Parent, Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council
  • More Accountability
  • More Communication
  • More Transparency
T. J. Zane Click here for more information about this candidate 16958 votes 14.40%
  • Occupation: Taxpayer Advocate/Businessman
  • Chairman, San Diego County Prosperity Institute
  • Director, No Excuses University Foundation
  • Chairman, Black Mtn. District, San Diego-Imerial Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • President, Los Pen Acadamy Foundation
  • Former Board Member, San Diego County Taxpayers Association
  • Past President (4 terms), Rancho Penasquitos Town Council
  • Retain quality teachers
  • Ensure the financial sustainability of district
  • Preserve local "PUSD" standards for education
Charles Sellers 16921 votes 14.37%
  • Occupation: Accountant/Educator/Volunteer
John P. Riley Click here for more information about this candidate 14680 votes 12.46%
  • Occupation: Business Owner/Teacher
  • Small Business Owner, Trigger Direct, 2001-current
  • Teacher, Escondido Union High School District, 2013-current
  • President, Poway National Little League, 2011-12
  • Member, Poway Budget Review Committee, 2007-09. Board Member, Poway Chamber of Commerce & Character Counts, 2007-10.
  • Married 20 years with 2 children that attend Poway High. Lived in community for 22 years.
  • Bachelors Degree, Mathematics/Computer Science, UC San Diego, 1987
  • Invest in Kids. Prioritize funding for the classroom. Attract and retain the best teachers.
  • Protect Taxpayers. Reject irresponsible bond measures. Balance budget. Protect Mello-Roos taxes for local community.
  • Fiscal Responsibility & Transparency. Invite public in to review and approve budget. Competitive bid process for all vendors. Restore trust.
Todd Gutschow Click here for more information about this candidate 14294 votes 12.14%
  • Occupation: Governing Board Member, Poway Unified School District
  • President, Poway Unified School Board
  • Board Member & Former Chairperson, AVID Center
  • Board Member & Former Chairperson, Classroom of the Future Foundation
  • Board Member & Former Chairperson, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego
  • Co-Founder, HNC Software Inc. (grew company from 2 employees to more than 1300 employees)
  • BA in Physics from Harvard University
  • Ensure students are prepared for college and career success in the 21st century
  • Manage district finances responsibly, transparently, and with a focus on student learning
  • Engage parents and our broader community in open, two-way communication
Marc Davis Click here for more information about this candidate 13511 votes 11.47%
  • Occupation: Governing Board Member, Poway Unified School District
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree - Economics (BYU 1990)
  • Certified Financial Planner certificant (1993)
  • Owner - Davis & Seiley Wealth Management (1994)
  • Vice President - San Diego County Metropolitan Advisory Board - Salvation Army
  • Stake President/Church Leader - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (1995-04)
  • Married 26 years (Karen). Father of 7 children with 1 grandson
  • Pushing forward student achievement while implementing new standards, testing and evaluations.
  • Develop a long term plan for meeting our budget needs while reducing class sizes and treating employees fairly.
  • Continue improving district wide communication to all stakeholders via website, social media, video links, and community outreach.
Katie Newbanks 10837 votes 9.20%
  • Occupation: Educator
Jeannie Foulkrod Click here for more information about this candidate 10663 votes 9.05%
  • Occupation: Financial Analyst, Payment Process Manager
  • Responsible financial professional, employed by large & small local companies
  • B.S. Finance, SDSU
  • Proud mother of two PUSD high school graduates
  • Over 20 years in the community
  • Served on the Rancho Bernardo Planning Board
  • Volunteer for non-profit organizations
  • Find a fiscally responsible solution for the $Billion Capital Appreciation Bond
  • Locally Controlled Funding Formula that will shift funds away from PUSD
  • Implementation of Common Core State Standards

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