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By Randy Economy
Candidates for five individual district elections to the Cerritos College Board of Trustees continue to file the necessary paper work that will land them a slot on the upcoming November 6th ballot that will mark a new chapter in how trustees are chosen by the electorate.
Last year, Cerritos College officials were besieged with legal challenges and lawsuits by a group of community activists who sought to have elections changed from “at-large” into seven smaller area elections.
This November, only the names of individual candidates running in a specific “trustee area” will appear on the ballot in five areas. Deadline to run for Cerritos College Board of Trustees is Friday, August 10 at 5 p.m. and filing is conducted at the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters Office located at 12400 Imperial Highway in Norwalk.
Here is a list of candidates as of Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Area One: Incumbent Robert “Bob” Arthur and challenger Leonard Zuniga of Downey.
Area Two: Incumbent Tom Jackson, and challenger Carmen Avalos, City Clerk of South Gate.
Area Three: Appointed Incumbent Jeanne McHatton of Cerritos and Educator John Paul Drayer of Bellflower.
Area Four: Incumbent Ted Edmiston is the only candidate thus far.
Area Six: Incumbent Tina Cho of Cerritos is facing a challenge from Dr. Sandra Salazar of Norwalk.
Los Cerritos Community Newspaper will have regular updates at www.loscerritosnews.net.
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