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Richardson to run for Fairfield-Suisun school board

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From page A3 | July 31, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Jonathan Richardson, who is serving on the Mayor’s Commission on Crime for Fairfield, is running for Trustee Area 5 on the Fairfield-Suisun School District – and says he would have sought office if the elections were still at-large rather than by district.

“I’m committed to the community, not just a neighborhood,” he said.

The new geographic trustee areas, Richardson said, provide a balance of responsibility for representation by school board members.

Richardson, 33, an officer with the California Department of Corrections, spoke about working with students in the school district as a volunteer over the past 11 years. His work has included coaching track at Rodriguez High School.

The school board candidate said he often hears concerns from parents about funding cutbacks in schools.

“The key to all of that is effective communication to not just the students, but to the families and the community,” Richardson said of the school district response.

Robert Lucky has filed with the Solano County Registrar of Voters for Trustee Area 4 on the Fairfield-Suisun school board and Ricky Horton is considering a run for Trustee Area 7. David Isom, president of the board of trustees, took out nomination documents July 14 for the Area 7 seat but has not yet filed for election, according to the Solano County Registrar of Voters website.

Joyce Oren, who also took out nomination documents for Area 7, has said she decided against running.

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.

Seats representing Areas 4, 5 and 7 are up for election Nov. 4.

Trustee Area 7 includes Clay Bank Road and part of Air Base Parkway. Area 5 includes Sunset Avenue and East Kentucky Street. Texas Street and Travis Boulevard are part of Area 4.

Residents can go to www.solanocounty.com/depts/rov/ and type in their address to determine the trustee area where they reside, or call the registrar’s office at 784-6675.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

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  • MEJuly 31, 2014 - 12:07 am

    This is going to be an interesting and diverse mix of board members.

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  • Mike SaganJuly 31, 2014 - 3:46 am

    I can state, from personal experience, that Jonathan is a man of his word, and that he is truly passionate about helping Fairfield youth achieve a good education. Furthermore, as a youth mentor with dozens of teens he has helped, and still helps, under his belt, Jonathan is clearly motivated by all of the right reasons to serve as an F-SUSD Trustee. I, for one, would be comforted by the knowledge that he held this position.

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  • Zoee BartholomewJuly 31, 2014 - 7:20 am

    Mr. Richardson serves as a strong candidate for Trustee 5 for FSUSD. He is a young man seeking to improve the quality of education for the youth in the FSUSD system. Get Ready FSUSD for this "Change Agent!"

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  • Jesse JonesJuly 31, 2014 - 8:13 am

    Jonathan Richardson is someone you can trust with keeping his word. He devotes so much of his time with kids I the area. He does it for the love of helping people. I can honestly say he's one of the best guys I know, and would go to any lengths to help the community in whatever ways necessary. He would give it his all. He wouldn't just talk about what he is gonna do, he would do it, and get it done. He's just such a great guy, he deserves it, and so does our community. He would truly do anything for his track athletes. I would have no problem saying he would be a perfect fit to fulfill this position, and you wouldn't regret it if you helped him make that come true

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  • MEJuly 31, 2014 - 9:10 am

    Richatdson sounds great. I hope he wins we need someone for area 5.

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  • Taylor R.July 31, 2014 - 9:24 am

    Mr. Richardson serves our community, today, with a purpose and is driven with a pure heart to help better it in all ways possible. He has already began doing that with his presence and guidance in the schools, I know this because I met him during my senior year in high school 6 years ago. To this day, Mr. Richardson still helps motivate and push me to be a better person and to achieve all I can and aspire to have. With him being on the board, I can't see anything but positivity and an immediate impact for our generation and generations to come. A true selfless individual that cares and stands for positive impact and change!

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  • cindyJuly 31, 2014 - 1:13 pm

    congratulations Mr Richardson you will be an asset to the FUSD as a trustee. You have shown your passion for the children and the community of Fairfield. I wish you all the luck! Many Blessings.

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  • Alex SakelariosJuly 31, 2014 - 1:58 pm

    This is the best news I've heard all week. Jonathon Richardson is truly a wonderful fit for this position. As a former athlete of Richardson's, I can say that he has shown the utmost support in our Track and Field team, on and off the track. As you get to know him, you constantly discover the positivity and dedication that he gives back to the youth. This man is the definition of selfless, and you can always count on him.

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  • RhondaJuly 31, 2014 - 7:50 pm

    Jonathan Richardson has been an active Fairfield/Suisun citizen for many years. He takes it upon himself to make a difference in the lives of our youth. He is genuine, has a sense of humor, and truly cares about making a positive change in our community.

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  • Angelnella FrazietJuly 31, 2014 - 7:51 pm

    I have know Jonathan Richardison for over 10 years , he has made a difference in the community. He will be an great ASSET to this community. Best of luck Jonathan.

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  • 2realJuly 31, 2014 - 10:48 pm

    Sounds like a bunch of paid support...

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  • MEAugust 01, 2014 - 12:18 am

    2real richardson is on,the crime commitee that you commentec on the Harry Price article.

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  • CrystalAugust 01, 2014 - 6:18 am

    We are very proud to support Jonathan Richardson in his quest of pursuit of office at FSUSD Trustee Area 5. As one of his neighbors, we have observed his active passion and commitment in getting involved with helping troubled youths. Mr. Richardson's strong beliefs that if you care enough to make a difference in these young people lives, then you've accomplished an important goal. For those who do not know Jonathan Richardson, rest assured that he is a man of his words, takes the time to listen with compassion and takes action to resolve issues. He is a very unique individual with many brilliant ideas to improve and benefit the quality of education. He would be an excellent candidate to serve of office at the FSUSD Trustee Area 5.

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  • darladavenportpowellAugust 01, 2014 - 12:19 pm

    Jonathan Richardson is the man for the job! His demonstrated leadership in the community is matched by his commitment to our youth. I've witnessed him in action as a mentor, advocate, 'big brother' and friend to young males trying to successfully navigate life. He is resourceful, results-oriented and reliable.He is respected by the administrators, teachers, staff, parents and students in all of the schools where he serves as a volunteer. Mr. Richardson values education and views it as a deterrent to incarceration. He has first-hand knowledge as a Correctional Officer. Whether it's prevention, intervention or detention, Mr. Richardson has a proven track record of making a positive impact in whatever task he is assigned. He gets my vote!

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  • Mike JohnsonAugust 01, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    I have known Jonathan for nearly two years. During that time he has worked with my children (now grades four and eight, both in FSUSD schools), and he clearly has passion for improving the lives of young people everywhere. I fully support Jonathan in this exciting endeavor!

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  • DarienAugust 01, 2014 - 5:31 pm

    Jonathan is the man for the job. He has a genuine heart for the youth in the school district. So with that along with the favor of God he has on his life and the integrity and standards he lives by he is the perfect candidate!

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  • Marshall MAugust 01, 2014 - 7:07 pm

    Having known Jonathan Richardson for over three years, I have no doubt in saying that he would be the best suit for the job. While attending Rodriguez High School, I've seen the support he gives to students academically--as well as the prestigious precedent he holds his own work to. The footprint Richardson has left on the Rodriguez community only exemplifies what he can do on a broader scale given the chance to represent area 5 within the FSUSD.

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  • Nigel PowellAugust 01, 2014 - 7:14 pm

    Jonathan Richardson has always been a positive role model to the youth of Fairfield/Susuin. He was someone who the youth would gravitate towards because he was genuine and actually cared for us. He is a perfect candidate and will live up to all aspectations!

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  • Isaac DiazAugust 01, 2014 - 7:15 pm

    Jonathan Richardson is the future for our youth. He deserves to be given the opportunity to give the community a chance to experience all the great things he can do. As for I, I've known for a short period of time but I know he has the strength and the power to do the right things that's needed now. He makes the biggest sacrifices for everyone and he puts everyone around before himself. He has the biggest heart and is the most genuine and the realist person you'll ever have the chance to meet. I hope everyone notices the things that could happen if he got this job. Always remember he doesn't do anything for himself, he does things for the people.

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  • Scott VelazquezAugust 01, 2014 - 7:16 pm

    Johnathan Richardson is a outstanding role model,. Believe me when I say that this man with great honor , is notably worthy of being F-SUSD Trustee. He still continues to give me great confidence into being the best that I can be.

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  • Mitzi SmithAugust 02, 2014 - 2:45 pm

    Mr. Richardson, is an awesome candidate, his work with youth and contribution to their well being has produced phenomenal results. I have my own testament with my son during his teenage years he not only assisted me but drove me to Arizona to pick up my son after a situation during a challenging situation. He is definitely the Man for this position his compassion matched with his passion for youth development would serve the School District well! Mitzi Smith

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  • Mary KirkpatrickAugust 02, 2014 - 6:55 pm

    I met Jonathan his first year at Connally High School. I was an established teacher who taught all the students in my semester-required class, communication applications. I pretty much knew all the students in this mid-size school, but here was this young man I had never seen before. Jonathan had several boxes of chocolate bars that he was trying to sell to all the adults in the office. Upon asking him who he was he informed me that he was new. He then told me that from this point forward I would hear his name, in a positive way of course. Jonathan kept his word and became involved in numerous activities as both an active member and a leader. Connally High School was lucky to get such a young man.

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  • DBAugust 22, 2014 - 12:29 pm

    If you're looking for the real deal, then John is it. I've known this awesome young man for 15 years. He's ALWAYS had a passion for giving the youth a brighter and more promising future and has given to that cause selflessly. I've seen him radically change the lives of many troubled teens. It never mattered what color, race, or ethnicity. If you want someone to do great things, here's your man.

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