Alum Rock Union School District Board of Trustees
During his unsuccessful run for a District 5 council seat in June, Aaron Resendez went to the hospital to visit the ill father of his opponent, Magdalena Carrasco, just to say “Hi” and offer support. That would not surprise anyone who knows Resendez—he is the epitome of old-fashioned honor and integrity.
A longtime community leader who has dedicated his life to the East Side, Resendez chaired the East Valley/680 Neighborhood Action Coalition for five years. Born in Mexico, he earned his citizenship and has lived and raised his family in the east San Jose for the last 16 years.
While working as a box-printing press operator, he’s found time to volunteer in the community. He coaches kids’ soccer and spends weekends walking neighborhoods erasing graffiti and picking up trash. He was president of the Arbuckle Neighborhood Association from 2000 to 2005.
Weathering the tough June primary gave Resendez an education on how politics actually goes down in San Jose—more real world experience that will be an asset to the Alum Rock Union School District.
Santa Clara County Board of Education; Trustee Area 6
Current trustee Craig Mann’s passion and willingness to speak up on tough issues has at times been admirable. But over the past several months he’s proven himself to be too divisive.
Several missteps have turned into petty scandals, wasting time and drawing attention away from what should be the board’s number one priority: improving education.
Mann’s past year on the board has been marked by missed meetings, meaningless arguments and an incident of flagrant race-baiting that almost got him censured this summer.
The only person running against Mann for Area 6 of the SCCBOE is Angie Cardoza. The 61-year-old businesswoman and forewoman of the 2009–10 Civil Grand Jury investigation into school district organization has received endorsements from both Republicans and Democrats, including Pete Constant and Teresa Alvarado.