It’s hard to believe it was only five months ago that I took note of this most recent La Cañada school board election. The admiration I had for her helped me contain my frustration at losing board member Cindy Wilcox, who decided not to run for reelection. Wilcox had decided it was time for the community to re-imagine its expectations of the board, and felt one way to contribute to this was to introduce new faces.
As a recent student in our district, and as a student of the national education reform movement, I was confident there were important conversations yet to be had in La Cañada. But as we approached the filing deadline for candidates, we faced the possibility of a canceled election: Two individuals were seeking two open spots.
So I filed.
I sought to give La Cañada access to the powerful and transformative experience that a meaningful campaign could represent for a community. On election night, I felt that this had been successful, regardless of the electoral outcome. But after a roller-coaster vote count, the county this week certified results that put me on the school board.