Three residents have thrown their hats in the ring for seats on the Fremont Unified School District Board of Education, but so far there are only two seats open.
Bryan Gebhardt, a former school board member, and residents Desrie Campbell and Lily Mei have officially announced they'll be running for two board seats this November.
Incumbents Peggy Herndon and Nina Moore have said they will step down from the board this year.
Board President Ivy Wu has not announced whether or not to run again. Wu said she most likely won't decide until August.
Gebhardt, 33, is a Fremont native who graduated from Washington High School in 1992. He currently works as an engineering director at Fremont-based start-up Digital Fountain.
"It's been a passion of mine for years (to be on the board)," he said. "Being a school board member is where I think I can make a difference."Gebhardt, a student board member during the 1991-1992 school year, said as a student member and an appointee in 2006, he's dealt with issues such as budget cuts, facility upgrades and equity, among others.
But he said his main priority if elected in November is to make sure Fremont students get the best education possible, bringing them to their full potential.
"It all starts with the students," he said. "Board members have the experience and vision to put students first, and student achievement is key for a successful district."Gebhardt also hopes to see the board keep a balanced budget and make sure students have the best facilities possible for education.
"Education is the foundation of our society, I believe," he said. "That's why I've put so much into supporting it. Seeing students achieve is important to me and the most rewarding."
The presidential primary election has dominated headlines for months, but it's not the only political race weighing on some people's minds. Since September, former Trustee Bryan Gebhardt has been running a Web site announcing his candidacy for November's Fremont school board race.And on Feb. 24, he will kick off his campaign with a party at City Councilmember Anu Natarajan's house. ...
Her wisdom and compassion will be missed on the board come next December. I truly appreciate Peggy's support.
Trustee Peggy Herndon told me today she will not seek a third term. In fact, she said, her decision not to seek re-election made it easier for Gebhardt to decide to run. The two are friends, and Herndon said she’s “wholeheartedly” endorsing him.