FAIRFIELD — Robert Lucky, who as a student at B. Gale Wilson Elementary was inspired by hearing Matt Garcia speak about serving on the Fairfield City Council, is running for the Fairfield-Suisun School District board of trustees where Lucky wants to be an advocate for the disabled.
“He had a lot of integrity,” Lucky said of Garcia. “He was talking about all that he wanted to do for Fairfield.”
Lucky, running for Area 4 on the school board, is the first candidate to file for the Fairfield-Suisun School District. Trustees will be elected Nov. 4 by district rather than at large.
The 19-year-old lost his sight five years ago because of a rare genetic condition. He attends the California School for the Blind and hopes to teach guitar to the physically disabled.
Lucky was 13 when Garcia talked to students at B. Gale Wilson. The Fairfield councilman’s talk “really stuck with me,” Lucky said.
Garcia, elected to office in 2007 at age 21, was the youngest councilman in Fairfield city history.
Lucky knew Garcia was different from other city officials because of his young age.
“I knew if he could do it, I could,” Lucky said of holding office.
Lucky attended the funeral for Garcia, who was shot and killed Sept. 1, 2008, by a drunken ex-con in a case of mistaken identity. The killer was looking for a methamphetamine dealer.
The Area 4 trustee seat Lucky seeks includes Texas Street and Travis Boulevard.
Seats representing Trustee Areas 4, 5 and 7 are up for election.
Trustee Area 7 includes Clay Bank Road and part of Air Base Parkway. Area 5 includes Sunset Avenue and East Kentucky Street.
Filing for Fairfield-Suisun school board seats is at the Solano County Registrar of Voters, 675 Texas St. in Fairfield. Filing began July 14 and ends Aug. 8. Candidates must be 18 years old, a resident of the trustee area they seek to represent, a registered voter and not employed by the Fairfield-Suisun district.
Those who are interested in running for the school board can attend an informational meeting that starts at 6 p.m. Monday at the Fairfield-Suisun School District central office, 2490 Hilborn Road.
Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.