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 firstname.lastname@example.org.