New Trustee to be sworn-in during EGUSD board meeting, how to fill vacancy to be discussed

Sean Yang (center) will be sworn in this evening as the newest Elk Grove Unified School
District Trustee. | 

At tonight's regular meeting of the Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Trustees, the newest  board member will be sworn-in.

Sean Yang, who won the three candidate race to replace Area 3 board member Chet Madison Sr. will take his oath of office. Yang, an ally of former Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly, who lost his reelection bid to former EGUSD Trustee Bobbie Singh-Allen, defeated Bobby Roy and Victor S. Wilson.

Also taking their oaths for a third term are Area 1, 6, and 7 Trustees Tony Perez, Nancy Chaires-Espinoza, and Carmine Forcina. Perez defeated Regina Banks, and Chaires-Espinoza and Forcina were unopposed.

With Singh-Allen's defeat of Ly for Elk Grove Mayor, she vacated the Area 4 seat on December 9, and the board will discuss how to fill the two years remaining two years on the term. The board could call for a special district-wide or fill the vacancy by appointment.

Over the last 11 years, four vacancies on the board have been filled by appointment. In 2012 Jacob Rambo was appointed to the Area 6 vacancy.

Rambo was defeated by Steve Ly when he sought a full term in the November 2012 election. Ly vacated the seat in 2014 when he was elected to the Elk Grove City Council, and that vacancy was filled by Nancy Chaires-Espinoza, who was elected to a full-term in 2016 and unopposed this year.  

Also, in 2012 Singh-Allen was appointed to fill a vacancy for Area 4 seat. Singh-Allen was unopposed in 2012, 2014, and 2018.

Alfred Rowlett, who was appointed to a vacancy to the Area 7 seat in 2009 and unchallenged in 2010, was defeated by Forcina in 2012. The 2012 election saw three new members elected to the school board - Forcina, Ly, and Perez.

This year, Ly included Perez, Forcina, and newly elected Trustee Yang on several mailers, and all four were considered allies. With the new board composition, Forcina, Perez, and Yang could form a coalition that might determine whether there will be a special election for Singh-Allen's vacancy and, if there is an appointment, who will be the appointee. 

Tonight's meeting will start at 6 p.m. and can be viewed online

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