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November 2020 Board Election Results

The November 2020 election brought changes to our San Rafael City Schools Board of Education. In our first election under the Trustee Areas system, Trustee Areas 1, 3 and 5 were up for election. Here are some important updates as a result:

  1. Gina Daly was elected to represent Area 1 (filling departing Board Member Greg Knell's seat)
  2. Current Board Member Linda M. Jackson ran unopposed to represent Area 3
  3. Marina Palma ran unopposed to represent Area 5 (filling departing Board Member Maika Llorens Gulati's seat)
  4. Rachel Kertz, who currently represents Area 2, was elected to the San Rafael City Council. This means that her seat on the SRCS Board will be vacant in December. More information about the process to fill that seat will be shared in the near future.  

Since the SRCS Board is a part of the San Rafael City Charter, Gina and Marina will be sworn in at the City Council meeting on Dec. 7; they will also be sworn in at the SRCS Dec. 14 Board meeting, which will be their first meeting. 

Board Member Natu Tuatagaloa currently represents Area 4. Areas 2 and 4 are up for election in 2022 and will be under the new Trustee Area system. 
 

Previous updates

Trustee Area System in Effect for Nov. 2020 Election

A new system for how San Rafael City Schools Board of Education members are elected is in effect for the upcoming November 2020 election. Previously, Board members were elected "at-large," where each member was elected by voters throughout the District’s territory. Under the new system, the Board members are elected by-trustee-area; they are required to live in the area they represent and are elected only by the registered voters of that area. Click here for the final map of the Trustee Areas, which was adopted after a public mapping process that included a series of public hearings and community sessions. Please note that the City of San Rafael also recently moved to District elections, but they have different boundaries and structure than the SRCS Board. 

The next General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 for SRCS Board Trustee Areas 1, 3 and 5. The candidates who qualified are below.

Trustee Area 1                              Trustee Area 3                                Trustee Area 5

Gina Daly                                         Linda M. Jackson                              Marina Palma
Samantha Ramirez 

Because the SRCS Board of Education is part of the City of San Rafael charter, the Board elections are part of the City's process. Learn more about the election and the candidates. Pending County completion of counting mail-in ballots, the three 2020-24 Board members will be sworn in on Dec. 7 at 7 pm at the San Rafael City Council Virtual Meeting.

 

Candidate Forums

Canal Alliance hosted a series of candidate forums focused on issues impacting the Latino

community in San Rafael. 

The League of Women Voters of Marin County partnered with organizations throughout the county to bring a robust schedule of “Meet the Candidate” forums to the public. 

The Federation of San Rafael Neighborhoods is hosting a virtual forum on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7 pm for candidates contending for local offices, including the Board of Education. Learn more

Note: Some candidate forums do not include uncontested candidates. If we learn about additional candidate forums, we will post information here.

 

Running for the SRCS Board of Education

UPDATE: The nomination period for the San Rafael City Schools Board of Education seat for AREA 5 only has been extended to to Wednesday, August 12 because an incumbent officeholder did not file.

If you’re inspired and feel a calling toward public service, take note that the nomination period for the San Rafael City Schools Board of Education is open from  July 13 through 5 p.m. Friday, August 7, with an extension to Wednesday, August 12, if an incumbent officeholder does not file. This is for open Board seats for the November 3, 2020, General Election.

Because San Rafael City Schools Board of Education is part of the City of San Rafael charter, running for a Board seat is part of the City's electron process. Visit their website for information, including:

The Marin County Office of Education will be hosting a series of workshops for School Board trustees and trustee candidates on August 17, 18, 19 and 20, 2020, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm each night. The workshop series will be held virtually via Zoom and will be recorded and available for viewing afterwards.  Participation is encouraged during each event so that participants can submit questions. 

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District Elections for the SRCS Board

SRCS recently changed the way that Board of Education members are elected. Previously, Board members were elected "at-large," where each member is elected by voters throughout the District’s territory. Under the new system, the Board members will be elected by-trustee-area; they will be required to live in the area they represent and will be elected only by the registered voters of that area. The new system is in effect for the upcoming SRCS Board of Education election in November 2020. 

Following a public mapping process that included a series of public hearings and community sessions, the Board adopted a map to identify the trustee area boundaries and the associated election sequence. The final map is below. 

In November 2020, the seats are open in the following trustee areas: Area 1, Area 3 and Area 5. 

More background information.