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In 2020 – Democratic Voters split their votes between 3 candidates and ended up giving the election to Republican Tim Shaw who won the seat with 33% of the vote. Even though these are non-partisan elections, most voters knew that Shaw was endorsed by the Republican Party and the three other candidates were supported by different factions of the Democrats. The rules for these “one and done” or “first past the post” elections favor the side that doesn’t split their votes. We’ll see many of these local offices for school board and city council with the same problem in November when those races are on the ballot.
Finally, the third set of election rules on the ballot -- the Orange County Board of Education and Superintendent of Orange County Schools. These are one and done – no matter what the vote totals are, whichever candidate gets the most votes in June wins. So, it’s really important that voters vote strategically. You have to understand the weight of your vote and how you use it.
This election is an ideological battle for control of the Orange County Department of Education with the charter schools funneling thousands of dollars to the incumbents on the Board of Education and the challenger for the Superintendent of Orange County Schools, Stefan Bean who is the Secretary of the Board of the Classical Academy Charter School affiliated with Hillsdale College. The current Board majority has spent $6 million in lawsuits they’ve lost suing the Governor and trying to throw out the independent redistricting map for these races.
The incumbent Superintendent Dr. Al Mijares and the challengers for each of the three seats – Martha Fluor, Paulette Chaffee, and Sherine Smith are endorsed by public education supporters and educators.
Search the Voice of OC for the past two years to read about the current majority Board’s lawsuits and actions during the pandemic to learn more about these races. The NY Times has an article detailing the Hillsdale College charter school network that uses the 1776 Project Curriculum from the Trump Administration. If you support what they’ve been doing, vote for them. That’s how democracy works. Just be informed when you cast your ballot because elections have consequences.
With OC Board of Education Trustee and Tustin City Councilwoman Becki Gomez facing the same lawsuit challenge for holding two elected offices at the same time that forced Tim Shaw to resign his seat last year, there may be a vacancy in her district. Shaw resigned from Board, then resigned from his seat on the City Council of La Habra to be appointed to his own vacant seat. A judge ruled that appointment violates election code so he’s currently not on the Board (again). If voters decide to vote for anyone but Paulette Chaffee in this 2022 race (there are two other candidates on the ballot), Shaw could easily win again with a minority of the voters selecting him. Even if Sherine Smith and Martha Flour win their district races, that would leave a 2:2 divide on the Board with a vacancy. We expect that would lead to a costly special election to fill that seat with campaign donations trying to secure the majority of the Board. Elections have consequences.
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