Solano County

Speck announces re-election bid for schools post

By From page A3 | January 24, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Solano County Superintendent of Schools Jay Speck announced Thursday he is running for re-election, though his campaign used an agency email account for the press release.

Speck first was elected in 2010. He took out his in-lieu-of-filing-fee papers from the Registrar of Voters.

It is a time of change in public education, Speck said in the press release. Students will be expected to meet rigorous new standards in preparation of both careers and college, teachers will need to enhance their skills and schools will have new accountability and funding requirements, he said.

“I am asking voters to allow me the opportunity to continue to lead our schools through this exciting time of transition,” Speck said. “I believe I have demonstrated through my leadership that voters in 2010 made the right choice.”

The press release came from Associate Superintendent of Schools Janet Harden at 4:48 p.m., using her Solano County Office of Education email account.

State Government Code 8314 states it is unlawful for any elected official to use public resources for a campaign activity. A possible maximum penalty for code violations is a $1,000 fine for each day the violation occurs, the code says. A district attorney or state attorney general would have to initiate civil action for a penalty to be assessed.

The code defines “use” as a use of public resources substantial enough to result in a gain or advantage to the user and a loss to the state or local agency for which monetary value may be estimated.

Speck on Thursday said Harden is out of town and should have used her personal email account for the press release. Harden left her personal email account on the press release as the way to notify her for further information.

Speck immediately said using an Office of Education email account for campaign purposes is wrong and won’t happen again.

“Absolutely not,” Speck said. “Absolutely not.”

The public is invited to a valentine theme social from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Vacaville Elks Club, 302 Parker St., during which Speck will speak further about his bid for re-election, the press release said.

Go to www.electjayspeck.com for more information on Speck’s campaign.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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