Latino Candidates Seek School Board Seats

Oct 31, 2014

Appearing on the ballot this fall in Sonoma County are (L-R) school board candidates Gonzalo Romo (Petaluma), Tina Gurerro (Healdsburg) and Omar Medina (Santa Rosa).

 Regardless of the results in this year’s election, the modest increase in Latino candidates in local school board races this fall is seen as an encouraging development by Latino community leaders in Sonoma County.

   Demographic diversity is helpful among the elected members of local school boards, says Laura Gonzalez, a second-term trustee for Santa Rosa City Schools. But she places an even higher value on cultural sensitivity.


Latino candidates must reach outside of their own community to be successful, observes Gonzalez, because even though that population is rapidly growing in Sonoma County, only a minority of them are eligible to vote.