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Bruce Van Allen
For Santa Cruz County Board of Education, Trustee Area 2

Occupation: Appointed Incumbent                                         Age: 66

I was appointed to cover a vacancy on the County Board of Education in early 2015.

Now I'm asking for your vote to continue as an elected Trustee.

From my experience in government, non-profit, and private sector positions, I believe I have the knowledge and skills to be an effective Trustee.

I have had extensive experience with the County Office of Education and local school districts through my work on San Lorenzo River restoration.

I oversaw expansion of an award-winning program in which artists taught at-risk youth ways to express themselves non-violently.

I have taught at Cabrillo College, and have helped local school districts pass their finance ballot measures.

My priorities are safety and access for all students, support for teachers and staff, and financial accountability.

I support occupational training, special needs programs, and alternative education, as well as enhanced training for new teachers.

In today's world, schools open each year amidst growing challenges as the shifting impacts of gender, race, and class intersect in students' lives.

I believe our community wants our schools to address these challenges with openness and respect for all. That will be my goal if elected.

I would be honored to have your vote.