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Alameda County School Board 2024: Who will be elected in Areas 2, 3, 5, and 6?

The critical Alameda County Board of Education (ACOE) election is rapidly approaching on March 5, 2024, and your vote holds the key to shaping the future of education in our community. This election will determine the representatives for four crucial Trustee Areas 2, 3, 5, and 6.

Why is this election so vital, you ask? Well, let me tell you! The county school board plays a pivotal role in overseeing substantial school funding, managing district finances, administering specialized programs benefiting some of our most vulnerable students, oversight on renewals, and authorizing charter schools. Your vote will directly impact these critical aspects of our educational system. 

Families in Action for Quality Education and Families in Action for Justice co-hosted an exclusive virtual candidate forum on February 8, 2024. This was a great opportunity to engage directly with the candidates, understand their visions, and make informed decisions that will shape the future of education in our community. Read our recap here!

Who is Running in ACOE Areas 2, 3, 5, & 6?

Alameda County School Board Area 2:

Area 2 covers Alameda, a small northeast portion of San Leandro, a portion of Oakland– including West Oakland, Uptown and part of Jack London Square, with the remaining area stretching east along International Blvd into East Oakland.

Angela Normand (Incumbent)

Angela Normand has a background marked by ten years of service in the United States Marine Corps before embarking on her career in public education. With a diverse range of experiences in the field, classroom, and leadership roles, she brings a wealth of preparation to her current position.

In 2005, Angela earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Ethnic Studies from California State University – Hayward. Following this, she obtained her Education Specialist Credential from Brandman University in 2012 while actively working as a Moderate/Severe Special Day Class Teacher in the Brentwood Union School District. Currently, Angela is on leave from her teaching responsibilities, serving in a leadership capacity with the California Teachers Association.

John E. Lewis (Challenger)

John E. Lewis is a proud alumnus of Cal Berkeley and a committed long-time resident of the East Bay. He has stated that he is honored to present himself as a candidate for positive change.

He was brought up in a large family, where his mother instilled values of discipline and academic excellence. He has collaborated with the Our Kids and Second Start programs and contributed to the transportation department at his local church.

Alameda County School Board Area 3:

The incumbent for Area 3 is Trustee Ken Berrick. The area includes Piedmont, the northeastern portion of Oakland along Highway 13, central and eastern portions of Oakland, including Lake Merritt, Diamond District, Montclair, and half of Jack London Square.

Ken Berrick (Incumbent)

Ken Berrick is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing Unconditional Care to children and families through comprehensive education, mental health, juvenile justice, placement and permanency services. Mr. Berrick champions a concept called Unconditional Education, which supports vulnerable students, including those with trauma and learning disabilities.

Ken Berrick does not have a challenger and is the presumed winner.

Alameda County School Board Area 5:

Area 5 includes Hayward, Union City and a northwestern portion of Fremont along the 84 Freeway.

Janevette Cole (Incumbent)

Janevette Cole is a graduate of Mills College with a degree in Administrative and Legal Processes, finishing top in her Master’s Program of Public Administration and Policies at CSU East Bay, Janevette worked with Hayward Promise Neighborhoods (HPNs) at CSU East Bay, as a Community Resident Engagement Specialist as well as overseeing Government Relations

Guadalupe ‘Lupe’ Angulo (Challenger)

Guadalupe ‘Lupe’ Angulo is passionate about working within and for the community. In her current role, she helps guide, pour into, and advocate for youth and their families as an Alameda County community outreach worker.

Guadalupe practices positive youth development and restorative justice and has a B.A. from CSUEB in Human Development with a concentration in Women’s Studies.

Joe Orlando Ramos (Challenger)

Orlando Ramos spent the earlier part of his adult life as a U.S. Marine (1977-1991). He joined the US Marine Corps Reserves after active duty in 1991 and left the U.S. Marine Corps in June of 1995 as a Gunnery Sergeant (E-7). Joe was awarded several medals and three Honorable Discharges.

After active duty, Ramos spent several years teaching middle school and working for several East Bay School Districts. First, he worked as a middle school teacher in a special education classroom, and later he taught English and social studies in middle school and Spanish and word processing in high school. He was elected to the Hayward Unified School District as a short-term board member on November 8, 2022.

Alameda County School Board Area 6:

The area includes Newark and Fremont, with the exception of the Northwestern portion of the city above the 84 freeway.

Eileen McDonald (Incumbent)

Eileen McDonald owned a small local business and has taught in several programs in the Bay Area which include the Fremont Unified Regional Occupational Program (ROP), Ohlone for Kids, and the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas. She holds a B.A. from Cal State East Bay (formerly Cal State Hayward) in Speech Communication and has completed graduate coursework in Correctional Education. She has used that training to serve the community on the Board of Directors for Second Chance and on the Alameda County Safety Corridor Committee.

John Leon Guerrero (Challenger)

John Leon Guerrero is a retired VP of engineering.

ACOE Candidate Updates from Our Political Director

Political Director Michael McDaniel here with an update on the upcoming Alameda County School Board Election for Area’s 2, 3, 5, & 6.

As we close in on the FIA parent and youth-led virtual candidate forum on Feb 8, 2024, I want to provide some basic information on the candidates who are running for election, and the parts of the county they are seeking to serve.

If you haven’t RSVPd yet, please do so at this link! We expect a big crowd – at least 250 participants.

Read on to learn some facts about Area 2 and 3 candidates by clicking here.

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