There Was No Red Wave for School Boards Either

The Republican attempt to expand influence over public education in California has fallen somewhat flat, mirroring disappointing GOP outcomes nationwide. 

EdSource has been tracking school board races, especially in more liberal parts of the state where conservatives hoped to flip the balance of power. The data shows no red wave.

Just one out of eight candidates endorsed by Moms for Liberty was successful in Santa Clara County — an area of focus for the group. 

Morgan Hill Unified candidate Dennis Delisle, who was also endorsed by Moms for Liberty, appears to have lost his race quite handily. He was initially running unopposed, but others jumped into the race after hearing about his controversial comments on race and homosexuality. 

While there were successes for conservative candidates in Placer County, there were losses too. Jonathan Zachreson, a Moms for Liberty-endorsed candidate for the Roseville City School District board, is tied for last place.

It appears Proud Boy Jeffrey Erik Perrine is going to lose his bid for the San Juan Unified school board in Sacramento.

The partisan race between GOP-backed candidate Becca Williams and Democrat Cody Petterson in San Diego has not been called, but Petterson is ahead by six points. 

In the Solano Beach School District, far-right school board candidate Aubrey Huff lost to incumbent Debra Schade.

Conservative Kira Davis is behind in the race for Capistrano Unified Trustee Area 2.

Even in traditionally progressive areas, conservatives believed they could tap into parent frustration over pandemic school closures and win a significant number of seats. But extreme candidates, distaste for MAGA politics, and plenty of union spending appears to have doomed conservative prospects in many races. 

There are exceptions. Right-wing candidates Sonja Shaw, another Moms 4 Liberty candidate, and Jon Monroe appear to have won the Area 3 and 4 seats on the Chino Valley Unified School Board. This is a significant development that would flip the balance of power on the board.


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