San Lorenzo Express News

Ten Candidates Vie for Three School Board Seats

SEPTEMBER 26, 2002

Ten persons are competing for three seats on the San Lorenzo Unified School District board in November. Three incumbents are seeking reelection while seven candidates hope to unseat the incumbents. The candidates will appear at a public debate on October 14, 7 to 9 p.m., at the San Lorenzo Community Hall (377 Paseo Grande, next to the fire station). The debate is sponsored by the Eden Area League of Women Voters and the Del Rey School PTA.

Incumbent Ray Grangoff, the board's current president and a San Lorenzo resident, is running for a short-term seat. He is challenged by Tim Shaffer. Grangoff was appointed to the board in December 2000 to fill the seat of William Santora, who resigned when he no longer lived within the school district. Santora is a candidate this year for one of the two full-term seats on the board.

Incumbents Betty Moose and Helen Randall are hoping to retain the two full-term seats. Mrs. Moose failed to meet the deadline for filing to appear on the ballot and so is running as a write-in candidate.

Lou Filipovich, a retired businessman and San Leandro resident, is one of the challengers; he ran and lost in the previous school board election. The other candidates are Juline Fisher, Helen Foster, Isabel Polvorosa, and Travis Thoms.

The school district operates 13 schools for about 10,000 students from San Lorenzo, parts of the City of San Leandro, the unincorporated district of Ashland, and an unincorporated area near Hayward.

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