Hear our interview with GUHSD member Priscilla Schreiber and Nick Marinovich, who says he was pressured to resign off the district's Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, on why they want to see new candidates step forward to run for the board:
By Miriam Raftery
August 7, 2014 (San Diego's East County) -- Tomorrow, August 8 at 5 p.m. is the deadline to file for running for most local offices in East County--though if an incumbent opts not to file for reelection, that deadline can be extended for several more days.
Some local districts don't have enough people running to fill the seats--including the Grossmont Union High School District, where at last check only two challengers have filed for three seats, despite controversy including a Grand Jury admonishment. One of those challengers, Dr. Gary Woods, opposes a high school for Alpine and was previously voted out; his election would solidify the anti-Alpine high school majority on the board. (Note: incumbent Dick Hoy has said he won't seek reelection, thus this filing deadline will likely be extended.)
Alpine's Community Planning Group has just 5 candidates so for to fill 7 seats.
These are just two examples of a race where the balance of power could shift--or not--depending on which candidates if any step forward to run.
Local seats on the November ballot include school boards, planning groups, water boards, fire boards, mayor and city councils across East County. Currently a numberof these positions have no candidates filed to run, or only one candidate, leaving voters without a choice.