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Candidates line up for historic Cerritos College ‘district’ election

By Brian Hews

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



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Dear Family & Friends, of the First District, Now, more than ever, we are facing critical decisions regarding the “Reduction of Quality Education and Services” that our community does not deserve any longer: * Almost 10 years of “unfairness” to our Students, their family, and our community: This affected a population of over 433,000 citizens.. We can start by voting for Leonard Zuniga: District #1 Leonard has already proven to be an Effective Educational Leader at Cerritos Community College to the staff, student and our community. Vote “New Leadership, and Fiscal Accountability” Leonard Zuniga has already demonstrated his commitment to… Read more »