UPDATED - Chaires Appointed to Fill EGUSD Area 6 Vacancy

UPDATED 2:20 p.m. January 27, 2015 | At a marathon special meeting last night, Elk Grove resident Nancy Chaires was selected to...


UPDATED 2:20 p.m.

January 27, 2015 |

At a marathon special meeting last night, Elk Grove resident Nancy Chaires was selected to fill a vacancy on the Elk Grove Unified School District's Board of Trustees. Chaires, an Elk Grove Planning Commissioner since 2008, will fill the two years remaining for the district's Area 6 vacancy.

Unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees for the appointment, Chaires was one of 12 seeking to fill the vacancy created when former Trustee Steve Ly resigned following his election to the District 4 seat on the Elk Grove City Council. One of Ly's opponents in November's Elk Grove City Council race was Chaires.

Aside from Chaires, other notables seeking the appointment were former EGUSD Area 6 Trustee Jake Rambo and former Elk Grove City Council Member Sophia Scherman. Rambo was appointed to a vacancy in 2010 but was defeated by Ly in 2012.

With Chaires' appointment, in a little over two years, six of the seven seats on the board have changed. Several of those past trustees held office for over 20 years, with current board member Chet Madison being the longest serving member with 15 years of service,

Employed as special programs consultant at the Migrant Education Office of the California Department of Education, Chaires said during last night's panel interview said she will focus on early childhood education and work to ensure the district's long-term fiscal health. She is expected to be sworn in at next Tuesday's regular district meeting. Chaires was sworn-in last night after being appointed. 

 

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Anonymous said...

The voters have rejected this woman already.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Ms. Chaires!

Anonymous said...

So what if Chaires lost an election? Abraham Lincoln lost at least eight elections prior to being becoming President of the United States. Congratulations Ms. Chaires.

Anonymous said...

Keeps her in "circulation" until the Party Machine can get her in a real elected position. Mayor Chaires!

Anonymous said...

"Mayor Chaires"...now that has a nice ring to it!

Karl Rove said...

Since we are handicapping local politics, lets think about this. Nancy will first need to be elected two years from now. Baring some Steve Ly clone, she should win. So will she make a run for Mayor Davis? At that point, it would make sense.

Of course that assumes Mayor Davis fends off challengers two years from now.

This whole appointment process also proved Sophia Scherman has still much to give, in her mind at least, so she is not going away gracefully. Will she make a run at the mayor in 2016? Stranger things have happened, but in a three or four way race she could pull the upset. Don't count her ambition out yet.

Anonymous said...

If Sophia Scherman couldn't get the support of EGUSD Board President Bobbie Singh-Allen, then it was clear she wasn't right for the job. I am sure Singh-Allen had the pressure applied by both Jake Rambo and Scherman.

Good for her for doing what is right for the Board, the school district, the students, teachers and staff.

Congrats to Nancy Chaires!

Anonymous said...

Ms. Chaires did not earn this office. Don't bet on her staying in office long. Perhaps, the giant is awaken again. A challenge to this appointment is coming in the form of a special election. Get ready to see democracy in action.

Anonymous said...

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=edc&group=05001-06000&file=5090-5095

According to County Voter office, Total registered voters 138,500. 1.5% is 2,077 signatures.


ED Code 5091. (c)
(c) (1) If a provisional appointment is made within the 60-day
period, the registered voters of the district may, within 30 days
from the date of the appointment, petition for the conduct of a
special election to fill the vacancy. A petition shall be deemed to
bear a sufficient number of signatures if signed by at least the
number of registered voters of the district equal to 1 1/2 percent of
the number of registered voters of the district at the time of the
last regular election for governing board members, or 25 registered
voters, whichever is greater. However, in districts with less than
2,000 registered voters, a petition shall be deemed to bear a
sufficient number of signatures if signed by at least 5 percent of
the number of registered voters of the district at the time of the
last regular election for governing board members.

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