NEWCOMERS FAIL IN BID TO WIN SEATS ON GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL BOARD

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Updated November 5, 2014 (San Diego's East County) -- With 100% of votes counted, incumbents Robert Shield and Jim Kelly won reelection on the Grossmont Union High School District Board with 24.31 and 22.58 % of the vote respectively. Dr. Gary Woods, who lost his seat in the last election and consistently voted in a block with Kelly and Shield, is in third place with 22.2%,  beat by a substantial margin over challengers Shirley Anderson (14.39%), Barbara Stevens (11.39%) and Steve Mattia (5.12%).  Woods will fill the vacant seat left by Dick Hoy', who did not seek reelection.

The election outcome will solidify control of the GUHSD board by staunch conservative members opposed to building an Alpine High School or backing Alpine parents' wishes to split up the district and unify with the Alpine Union School District.  The district is currently embroiled in two lawsuits over its obstructionism on turning over funds from two bond measures into an escrow account to assure funds intended by voters for building a high school will be used for that purpose. 

Anderson and Stevens had backing from the Sycuan tribe, which funded indepedent expenditure mailers and billboards in an effort to unseat Kelly and Shield, who drew the ire of tribal leaders over their refusal to build the long-promised Alpine High School.

Comments

Good editorial fix

Noticed that you changed the second paragraph which previously read, "control of the GUHSD board by right wing" to "control of the GUHSD board by staunch conservativfe". Ignoring the typo, I am pleased to see that an attempt is being made to minimize the political hyperbole that often creeps into ECM's reporting.