May 14, 2014

McLane High student says he'll run for Fresno Unified board seat

A McLane High School senior has announced his plans to run in the November election in hopes of unseating Fresno Unified School District trustee Christopher De La Cerda.

Steven Cardona, 17, made his plans public Wednesday at the district's school board meeting, where he expressed concern about district officials' relationships with teachers, parents and students.

"Based on what students, parents and teachers tell me, the culture of Fresno Unified is anything but positive," he told the trustees.

Cardona said he would form a committee to draw comments from parents and students if he's elected. The committee would report regularly to the board, he said.

The teen doesn't have any formal endorsements, but said he hopes to secure support from the Fresno Teachers Association. He said he'd bring a young voice to the board, and could offer insight on topics that matter most to students.

De La Cerda's is one of four trustees up for election in November. Trustee seats held by Michelle Asadoorian, Cal Johnson, and board President Valerie Davis are also up for grabs.

Candidates will formally file their candidacy papers this summer.

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