Why Are You Running for School Board?

IB Patch asks South Bay Union School District Board of Trustees candidates why they decided to seek the elected office.

IB Patch will ask South Bay Union School Disrict Board of Trustees candidates one question a week leading up to Election Day.

Vying for two seats on the school board are Cheryl Quinones, Lincoln Pickard, Dave Lopez and Barbara Elliott-Sanders, along with incumbents Nick Inzunza and Dave Lopez.

Last week's question:

This week's question:

What motivated you to run for the South Bay Union School District Board of Trustees?

President Dave Lopez failed to respond before this article was published. Lincoln Pickard declined to participate in Candidate Q&A.

These answers were not edited by Patch.


Nick Inzunza

Am I my brother’s keeper?  

Well, in many respects we are, at least that’s what members of our family were taught.  Whether we are thinking about a nation, a state or a local community, we are all in the same imaginary boat.  

“What affects one affects others” mom and dad would often tell us.  As we grew and developed, our parents were very persistent in making sure that these philosophical notions and ideas were conveyed and taught to us (their ten children) on what seemed to be a daily bases.  

With a lifetime of experience in assisting people, being a School Board Trustee would naturally fulfill the desire to contribute to our future. As one gets older and wiser, you come to the realization that children are ALWAYS the only future for us. We must teach them well with the hope that they adapt and maintain a can do attitude and  say yes to life.

We must make sure that our imaginary boat stays afloat and on a steady as she goes course. Moving forward in a stable and responsible course in to uncharter waters. We cannot let our society crumble from within.

So perhaps, the main motivation behind the election is to preserve what we have inherited from those of the past.  To continue developing and creating a more perfect union for all of us by way of education. As Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer wrote, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” With this in mind, education should be seen not so much as a preparation for life, but as life itself.

Proud to be a dreamer and a tireless idealist full of energy, who has come to the realization that one cannot solve all of the world’s problems, but can do a small part in making some things better.

Barbara Elliott-Sanders
Running for the South Bay Union School Board has been a goal of mine for several years. Throughout my professional career as a youth and family counselor and then teacher, I have been an advocate for children.

My focus of advocacy for children did not end with my retirement but lead to my decision to run for the board. I wish to support my community in this role to help ensure our children continue to get the best education possible.

Since I began my campaign in the summer, I have been encouraged and inspired by community members who believe in me, my skills and my stand on issues. I am confident I will work well with our superintendent and the present board members.

Cheryl Quinones

The reason that I want to be a SBUSD board member is because I believe I can make a difference in the student, district, and community's lives.

Libi Uremovic October 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM
"...Cheryl Quinones, Lincoln Pickard, Dave Lopez and Barbara Elliott-Sanders, along with incumbents Nick Inzunza and Dave Lopez..." i only see bios for quinones and sanders ....where's the bio's on the other candidates?
Erika Lowery October 24, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Libi, it is voluntary for candidates. It is a link that was sent out from the Patch. They may not have chose to participate. Sad, these are the people that are going to be determining the future of our children, yet they don't want to say why they are running. I know it is influencing my vote as a parent. And I will strongly "suggest" to my husband that he looks into this also.
Libi Uremovic October 25, 2012 at 02:53 AM
thanks for the info erika... i'm not too interested in quinones or sanders because they've both been in the system too long... it's going to take some people stepping in from the private sector that can look at our government agencies from a business prospective to make the changes we need ... if pickard or lopez want a shot they need to use free media like the patch to help promote themselves...
Elizabeth October 25, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Why is Quinones answer so short? I also will not vote for someone who declines to participate in something as simple as this.
Camille Grace October 25, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Hi Elizabeth, I too wondered why Cheryl's mesage was short and after talking with other community members I learned Cheryl has been taking her message to the streets, going door to door within the community's hearing first hand the concerns of families . Not sending out mailers and hoping for the best. After doing much research and speaking with random citizens of imperial Beach, Cheryl has a long history of saving jobs and wanting what's best for the children. Cheryl s long standing history in the school district started as a stay at home mom volunteering as the lunch lady and yard duty,,, always making sure children's safety first. She has my vote!!! I encourage you all to do research and find out who these people really are and how they started in the district before passing judgment. Grass roots says a lot Libby!
Charles Sanders October 25, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Yeah, I got to meet Cheryl Quinones the other day down near the pier and all I gotta say is WOW. Talk about a lady that knows what shes talking about and knows how to get our district back into shape! Theres no doubt she's geting my vote, and out of all of the candidates she seems most suited for a seat. Unfortunately it looks like a few people here in IB use'vibes' as their major compass in voting. Help our community and learn about these people! I did, and my vote goes to Ms. Quinones.
Elizabeth October 25, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Sorry but my 2 votes do not include Cheryl. Dealt with her and sorry but I just can't give her my vote.
Charles Sanders October 25, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Sounds to me like it's something other than a lack of response on this article thats suading your vote, Elizabeth.
Camille Grace October 25, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Dont be sorry, no need. What this district needs is, positivity, accountability and action without union influences. This district is a complete mess and our children deserve more. Not sure, nor do I care, what you meant by "dealt with her", needless to say, this is the attitude South Bay should change. Its not about you or myself its about the children. I truly believe SBUSD needs to model after CVESD. They are doing something right! Our Superintendent and Board of Trustees need to be able to trust in the abilities of school administrators and staff members to come up with solutions that fit their unique challenges, and the site-level decision-makers are held accountable for their results. Let's end the mediocrity so that we can focus on what really matters here which is the solutions to the problems our district faces and ensure a better future for our children.
Tim O'Neal October 28, 2012 at 04:47 AM
I have known Cheryl Quinones for almost 30 years. Cheryl's dedication to the youth of Imperial Beach and the South Bay is unparalleled in this race. In addition to her years of service at our local schools, Cheryl (along with her husband Alex) was one of the most dedicated and selfless volunteers involved with the Imperial Beach Little League in the 80's. Cheryl's straight forward personality, ability to see all sides of an issue, and her unwavering commitment to the best interests of our children deserves your consideration.
Elizabeth October 29, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I have had dealings with her and did not like the way she handled herself in public. Sorry but she is NOT getting my vote.
KJ October 31, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I would suggest each person wanting to vote for Cheryl Quinones watch her address the school board and object to improvements to our schools and getting the facts wrong. She rambles and doesn't make her point clearly. She says the district is deficit spending yet if she would look at their financial statements they have millions in carry over funds each year. She is promising no more lay offs. She is one member on a board of 5, such promises are irresponsible. I don't doubt her desire to serve and do well for our students, but I believe we have a better chance of continuing student progress with David Lopez as a school board trustee.


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