Recent La Cañada High School graduate Andrew Blumenfeld — a student at Princeton University — declared his candidacy Tuesday for La Cañada Unified School District’s Governing Board, forcing an election for the first time since 2003 for the two seats that open in November.
Current school board member Cindy Wilcox, who will not seek a third term, has committed to co-chair Blumenfeld’s campaign with Kathy Hernandez, 2009-2011 PTSA president at La Cañada High School. Blumenfeld, 20, a third-year student in public education policy at Princeton, decided to run in the election after Wilcox insisted that he was right for the position and that he could attend to his in-person duties by returning to La Cañada from his New Jersey campus about four days a month.
“Andrew and I share the same values when it comes to putting students first,” Wilcox said. “He has the right ideas for improving accountability, engagement and teacher quality within LCUSD — and I know he has the capacity to see those ideas through.”