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Voters elect new voices for TUSD

Voters elect new voices for TUSD

Jennifer Carter listens intently to agenda items at the Turlock Unified School District board meeting on Tuesday.

POSTED November 5, 2013 11:01 p.m.

Voters have chosen to pump new blood into the Turlock Unified School District through the election of two new faces to the Board of Trustees in the first year of trustee area elections. Area 2 incumbent Tami Muniz lost her seat to newcomer Deborah Martin; Jennifer Carter beat Joe Lewis for Area 6, and current board president Bob Weaver ran unopposed for Area 4.

There are seven TUSD trustee areas and the candidates must live within the geographical confines of the area that they are running for, as opposed to prior at large elections which lacked any geographical constraints.

As of 10:08 p.m. Tuesday, Martin led Muniz 542 to 318 votes, and Carter beat Lewis 339 to 162 votes.

After eight years on the school board, Muniz said that the she is taking this opportunity to focus on her family and other community commitments.

“I’ve enjoyed every moment, but it’s time to pass the torch onto someone else, and the voters have spoken. I’m glad we’ll have another woman on the board,” said Muniz.

Muniz’s successor, Martin, is more than willing to pick up where she left off saying, “I am ecstatic. I am very excited about being able to be on the board and making a difference in these schools.”

Lewis also said that he will continue to give back to the community despite his loss to Carter. He has been heavily involved in the community for the past 20 years and will continue his athletic commitments to Pitman High School and Turlock Youth Football.

Martin and Carter both attributed their success to actively walking the neighborhoods of their precincts and connecting with voters.

“I made sure people knew that I was available to listen to their concerns and know that I was a voice for them, that’s why you’re on the board,” said Carter.

Martin and Carter both said they look forward to tackling Common Core and agree that proper training and implementation of the new standards, particularly regarding new technology challenges, is on the forefront of the board’s obligations.


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