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Final election results: Pulido, Sobomehin, Fitch win seats on Ravenswood school board

Incumbent, two newcomers earn top three spots in midterm election

Incumbent Ana Pulido and newcomers Tamara Sobomehin and Stephanie Fitch have officially been elected to the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education, according to certified election results released on Thursday evening.

Sobomehin was initially in fourth place a month ago on election night, but steadily nudged out Laura Nunez, who she ran on a slate with, as ballots were counted in the ensuing weeks.

Pulido, who was first elected in 2010 and served as board president this year, secured the most support — 2,469 votes, or 14.5 percent of the vote.

Sobomehin followed with 14 percent of the vote, or 2,370 votes. Sobomehin oversees development and strategy for East Palo Alto youth technology nonprofit Streetcode Academy, which her husband runs.

Fitch, the English language arts curriculum manager at Redwood City charter school organization Summit Public Schools, trailed Sobomehin by just 28 votes. She secured 13.8 percent of the total vote.

Nunez, an East Palo Alto Academy teacher, lost her bid for school board by 44 votes. She won 2,298 votes (13.5 percent of the vote).

Sobomehin said Thursday that she's "thankful to have been part of this election -- in this district, at this time, and alongside so many awesome candidates and community members. I know that we will work together to create lasting impact and empower our students with the opportunities they need to live epic lives."

Nunez did not return a request for comment.

The two other incumbents running for re-election, Charlie Knight and Marcelino Lopez, came in sixth and ninth place, respectively, out of 10 candidates (including Maria Chavez, who withdrew from the race but still received close to 1,000 votes). They won less than 8 percent of the vote.

Out of 12,904 registered voters, 7,377 ballots were cast in this race, according to the San Mateo County Elections Office.

Pulido, Sobomehin and Fitch will join Marielena Gaona Mendoza and Sharifa Wilson at the dais. The board's next meeting is on Thursday, Dec. 13.

Read our roundup of other certified election results in the Palo Alto area.

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Comments

6 people like this
Posted by Marielena
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 7, 2018 at 6:09 am

I am very very excited that we have two new qualified, professionals, intelligent and good-hearted elected officials Ms.Fitch and Ms. Sobomehin will bring their expertise, ideas, and knowledge to improve our District. A real reform is about to happen at Ravenswood so our student can get a better education which is a right that all children are entitled to. Welcome a Board, if I can be of any assistance, I am here to support you. Finally, has spoken and something good for students, parents, teachers, and classified employees is about to start.
Thanks to all candidates (not incumbents) who ran for a seat this year. Even if you did not win, you let the district know that we need new board members. Out with the bad in with the good.


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