CORRECTION: The commenter is right. Cox works for Lam Research in Fremont. I was wrong.
When I talked to John Dutra last week, I asked why he was supporting Teresa Cox over Bob Brunton. He said nice things about Teresa, who works for Vantec Lam Research, and paid her own way to China this year as part of the city’s trade mission.
As for Brunton, Dutra said the following:
“I think Bob Brunton has done a disservice to that community college. He needs to be replaced. Everyone at the college wants him out.”
About an hour later, Brunton called the paper to let us know his schedule for the campaign season. I told him about Dutra’s quotes. Brunton said Dutra didn’t like him because he cast one of the two decisive votes opposing the Dutras development plans for the Ohlone frontage property.
I wasn’t clear from Brunton if he was saying the Dutras wanted to develop the entire property or just a portion of it. Dutra Enterprises does own property adjacent to the Ohlone parcel.
Brunton called himself “kind of the stray trustee.” He also said he wasn’t going to get into a pissing match (my words) with anyone during the campaign. “As far as I’m concerned we’re going to talk about positive things and the positive changes we’ve made.”
Cox released a press statement after she got her name on the ballot. Click on to read it.
Teresa Cox to Challenge Incumbent for Ohlone Community College Board
Fremont, Ca – August 8, 2008 – Long time business woman, education advocate, and Democrat, Teresa Cox entered the race for seat 4 of the Ohlone Community College Board. She will be running against controversial incumbent, Robert Brunton in the only competative race for a Board seat.
Teresa Cox has been a community leader, a business leader and a strong advocate for education and youth in the community. She has the knowledge, skills and experience to be an effective board member and will fight to maintain the accreditation of the college, which in recent years has been placed in jeopardy.
“The loss of reputation for our Community College is shameful and a disservice to our youth and our community,” stated Mrs. Cox, “I intend to work with the rest of the Board to put it right again.”
In her many years as a business woman, Mrs. Cox has worked on multi-million dollar projects and is no stranger to managing budgets. With California’s budget crisis, this will be a critical asset to the Board. As part of civic organizations, she has been successful in raising funds to provide scholarships, internships, and college preparation classes to help our youth excel in academics.
Teresa is currently the Chair of the Economic Development Advisory Commission for the City of Fremont, has worked in public service from local levels to The White House. She also part of the Fremont delegation to the opening ceremony of Ohlone College in Suzhou, China.
If elected, she would be the only female voice and bring much needed diversity to the board.