It was with utter delight that Michelle Sanchez, Stephanie Marble, and I received the good news on Tuesday that we had won our elections in the SDEA run-off! And when I say that “we” won, I mean YOU, hundreds of your colleagues who voted, and the candidates, because WE collectively won this election together. We were completely blown away by the amazingly high voter turnout, as voter participation usually decreases during a run-off election. Not this time. With YOUR help, Michelle and I picked up an additional 200 votes each, and Stephanie more than doubled the number of people that voted for her. Amazing work!
Here are the results that SDEA President Bill Freeman shared with candidates today by phone. (
Note: The official results are not up on the SDEA website yet, and we will update our blog with official totals once they are posted. Update 5/8/13: Today SDEA posted the official totals, and we have updated below.)
SDEA Board Seat 8
Stephanie Marble — 104
Nancy Regas — 49
CTA Seat 4
Shane Parmely — 438
Meghan Hughes — 174
CTA Seat 5
Michelle Sanchez — 435
Scott Mullin — 288
Now let’s celebrate! On Wednesday, May 8 (either today or tomorrow depending on when you read this) SDEA is hosting Day of the Educator from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the SDEA union hall at 10393 San Diego Mission Road, Suite 100. We would LOVE to see you there! This will be a great opportunity to meet each other in person for the first time as well as to say hello again to friends we haven’t seen in a while. 🙂
We also congratulate Monique Anderson, who won the run-off election for SDEA Board Seat One against incumbent Elizabeth Ahlgren (a race in which the Breakfast Club remained neutral). Anderson has repeatedly emphasized her belief in a strong union and a strong contract, and we look forward to seeing her in action over the next two years.
Unfortunately, our election work is not quiiiite done yet. Last month the current SDEA Board upheld frivolous challenges filed by current SDEA Vice President Lindsay Burningham and former SDEA Vice President Marc Capitelli over their election losses (read more HERE and HERE). That means SDEA will spend thousands of dollars re-running the elections. It also means that all of us will have to gear up for one more campaign before the year is out. But if we do exactly what we did for the last two elections, we will win again.
So let’s enjoy this breather, and get ready for one last election fight this spring. And in the meantime, we’ll be turning our attention to the backlog of blog updates we haven’t been posting while we’ve been busy campaigning — so stay tuned!
Congrats again to ALL of us! Hope you are well and that we talk soon!
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