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Dubliners Cast Votes for Three School Board Seats

Dubliners Cast Votes for Three School Board Seats

Dublin, CA – November 4, 2020 –  After electing Trustee members for Area 5 (Board President, Cherrier) and Area 2 (Board Vice President, Rouse) in 2018, and holding Special Elections for Area 4 (June 2019) and Area 3 (November 2019), Dublin residents voted to fill three school board seats as part of the 2020 General Election on Tuesday. Board seats for Areas 1, 3, and 4 were placed in the hands of local voters.

“In a town like Dublin, which has seen such incredible growth over the last 20 years, the role of School Board Trustee should not be understated,” said Daniel Moirao, interim superintendent of the Dublin Unified School District. “The job is not always easy or appreciated but these people help shape our district, community, and the lives of our students. I want to thank all those that make the choice to run for an open trustee seat as well as the past, present, and future trustees for their commitment to this community.”

Area 1: After a decade of service, Amy Miller, who held the final “At Large” board seat, is stepping down, which set the stage for Dawn Nwamuo and Kristin Pelham to vie for the open seat, and to be the first official representative of Area 1. Unofficial results show Kristin Pelham currently leading the Area 1 contest with 62.25% of the vote.*

An 18 year Dublin resident, Kristin Pelham has dedicated her career to serving students. She has a 20-year career in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District as a Special Education Teacher and Resource Specialist. Ms. Pelham is also a parent of two Dublin students and was appointed to serve on the DUSD Boundary Committee, High School Naming Committee, and LCAP Committee. She was honored to be a member of the Dublin Unified leadership team that visited the Museum of Tolerance to build cultural proficiency and develop a plan to increase equity.

Area 3: Current board member Catherine Kuo ran unopposed for the Area 3 seat, after winning the seat in a Special Election which had her serve the remainder of Board member Dan Cunningham’s term following the departure he announced in March of 2019. She will now serve as the Area 3 Trustee through November of 2024.

Ms. Kuo is the current Trustee representing Area 3, and a dedicated Dublin parent who has volunteered extensively in Dublin schools as an Art in Action and Junior Achievement docent, Jog-A-Thon coordinator, Dougherty Parent Faculty Club (PFC) vice president and president, and as a School Site Council (SSC) member. She has also participated on a principal’s hiring panel and the Second High School Input Committee. She has lived in Dublin with her husband for 20 years where they are raising their two school-aged children. 

Area 4: Incumbent Gabi Blackman faced Michael Utsumi in the Area 4 election. Ms. Blackman initially won the seat in a 2019 Special Election which saw her serve the remainder of Board members Joe Giannini’s term following his resignation in October of 2018. Unofficial results show Gabi Blackman currently leading the Area 4 contest with 72.18% of the vote.*

Ms. Blackman is the current Trustee representing Area 4, a mother of three school-aged children, a 15-year Dublin resident, a leader in educational planning and design, and someone focused on bringing solutions-driven leadership and extensive academic experience to the Board of Trustees. She is deeply vested in Dublin's success and is a long-time school and community volunteer with an understanding of the challenges faced by Dublin schools and students.

“Our democratic process places the power to determine representation on a national, state, and local level in the hands of our citizens,” said Dan Cherrier, president of the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees. “Electing school board trustees is a critical component of local government and residents of Dublin came out yesterday to ensure their voices were heard.”

Results to be Certified 
Current election results are not official and typically are not certified by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters until 30 days after the election. Once results are certified, the winning candidates will be sworn into their seats for a four-year term. 

About the Dublin Unified School District
The Dublin Unified School District serves nearly 12,900 students, from preschool through adult education, in a diverse suburban environment. The district comprises seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one K-8 school, one alternative high school, and one comprehensive high school, with a second under construction and due to open in the Fall of 2022. The Dublin Unified School District mission is to educate every student to become a lifelong learner by providing a safe and supportive environment that fosters collective responsibility for each student’s success.

The Dublin Unified School District is ranked as one of the "Top 100 Best School Districts in California," placing 27 out of over 440 state school districts.  Dublin schools have been recognized with numerous accolades, including Advanced Placement Honor Roll, National Blue Ribbon School, Gold Ribbon Award, Project Lead The Way Distinguished School, California School of Character, National School of Character, Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll, California Distinguished School, and Title 1 Academic Achievement Award School.

*Vote results per ACVote.org as of 8:30 AM on November 4, 2020

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