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Jones, May decline to run for school board

Find a preview of tomorrow’s story below for the nitty-gritty on all the elections with extended filing periods.

Both former city officials said they have a lot of other community service opportunities, as well as professional and personal goals.

“I definitely believe in Hayward, and schools are a priority,” said Greg Jones. “I’m certainly interested in using leadership however I can. I thought this would be a good way to serve but it did not turn into that in my mind.”

Jones added that he is a flexible man, and has no regrets about leaving the city to pursue other goals. May said the same about her departure from the City Council, adding that the atmosphere could be “stifling.”

She quoted a line from her Facebook page: “The right team can make the most mundane task worthwhile. Similarly, the wrong team can make the most meaningful endeavor a complete waste of time.”

Here is the election update story:

 By Eric Kurhi and Jason Sweeney
Staff writers
ALAMEDA COUNTY — An anticipated run for the Hayward school board by former City Councilwoman Anna May and her fiance, former City Manager Greg Jones, did not materialize as the Wednesday deadline passed and they decided not to file.
In addition, two candidates for Hayward Unified — Sabrina Becerra and Gabriel Jimenez — withdrew from the race, leaving a field of Audie Bock, Lisa Brunner, Sue Lafferty, William McGee and incumbent Sheila Sims seeking two available seats.
“There are several jagged reasons we could articulate for why we’re not running,” wrote May in an e-mail. “But in the interest of keeping it more positive, we’ll refrain (for now).”
May said that “a lot has transpired in the last few months,” particularly with the issue of the district’s unbalanced budget.
The district faces the threat of a state takeover if it cannot submit a balanced budget by a Sept. 8 deadline, and negotiations with the teachers union last week did not yield results. A takeover would mean the board would serve only in an advisory capacity.
“I hope to heck they get the budged balanced, I haven’t seen enough happening to give me confidence that it will get done,” Jones said. “I’m not interested in sitting on a board with no power.”
In the San Leandro Unified School District, no one filed for the Trustee Area 6 seat, so that position will be filled by the school board after the Nov. 2 election.
Area 6 incumbent Lisa Hague decided not to run for re-election because of a work promotion that demanded more of her time. Only Herlinda Morales took out nomination papers for that seat, but she did not complete the required paperwork to file.
In Trustee Area 2, Lance James will be running against Victoria Wang. Incumbent Pauline Cutter is leaving the board to run for a seat on the City Council.
In the Eden Township Healthcare District race, three seats are up for grabs: Les Friedman, Susan Reisz and incumbents Carole Rogers and William West will be on the Nov. 2 ballot. Jeff Rosier took out nomination papers but didn’t complete his filing. Incumbent Harry Dvorsky will not seek re-election.
In the AC Transit Ward 4 race, in which board President Rocky Fernandez decided not to seek re-election, Mark Williams and Gavin Wilgus will be the only candidates.
For the long-term seat on the Fairview Fire Protection, incumbent Angelo Costanzo is joined by newcomers Mike Miraglia and Jeff Rosier for two available seats. Mike Preston is running unchallenged for the short-term slot.
Contact Eric Kurhi at 510-293-2473. Contact Jason Sweeney at 510-293-2469.

Eric Kurhi