Election 2006

By Hardy L. Brown

Partial listing of local endorsements by Black Voice News.

Antonio “Tony” Dupré

Antonio “Tony” Dupré
Elsa Valdez

Elsa Valdez
Lynda Savage

Lynda Savage

Tony Dupré, Lynda Savage, Dr. Elsa Valdez for School Board

There are four seats sitting up for grabs on the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education and three of the candidates that should be sitting down are Tony Dupré, Lynda Savage and Dr. Elsa Valdez. They understand the importance of working together to achieve public policy that is in the best interest of children, staff, business, parents and taxpayers. When you have a district that has over 60,000 plus children from almost every nation, speaking many different languages, having different cultures, learning at different levels, coming to the classroom with different family exposures, meeting state required standards mixed with local expectations you need people who can see and grasp the big picture. You must elect people like the three I am recommending to have a seat on the board. They also understand that education is one of the largest businesses we have in our community and see the need to be in partnership with our city and county governments. They stay engaged with other government officials while being advocates for children who have no voting rights. Lynda has devoted all of her life to community service with her husband Phil and family; Elsa has committed her career to education by earning a doctorate degree and teaching at Cal State San Bernardino she and they understand if any student or group of students do not succeed it works against the rest of the District's students and Tony believes in promoting community economic empowerment to the underserved as well as raising money for scholarships to graduating seniors plus volunteering at the Boys and Girls club.   Just this past week a parent told Dr. Valdez that they appreciated what she is doing in supporting programs to see that Black children succeed. This was at a church function put on by Black members. So when the all the votes are in and counted, tell them like we say in church, save a seat for Dupré, Savage and Valdez.

Dr. Amos Isaac for School Board

 

Dr. Amos Isaac

Dr. Amos Isaac

The musical chairs are open in Redlands and Dr. Amos Isaac should be sitting in one of them after the 7th of November. There are several things I like about Dr. Isaac but the best of them is persistence. He has sought the Board of Education seat several times and lost yet hecontinues to seek a position to help develop policies he believes and I know will help children. I like that quality in him because it will take that, once elected to work with the other members to develop and implement policies to bring out the best in our children and staff. His vast educational knowledge and world wide experience in the "Peace Corps" would serve the citizens of Redlands very well. To the voters of Redlands, save a chair for Dr. Amos Isaac on the School Board after you vote for him.

 

Mark Nuaimi for Mayor of Fontana

Mark Nuaimi

Mark Nuaimi

Nate Simon was a popular mayor in Fontana but Mark Nuaimi has surpassed him with energy, ideas, inclusion and vision. This guy is everywhere and has put his actions to match his words of inclusion. City councilmember Acquanetta Warren, the city's only Black member and Josie Gonzales, former member and current County Supervisor have nothing but high praise for the mayor. Together they are turning the image of Fontana into a city of inclusion for all people. As someone who has worked in Fontana since 1961, Mark has brought the image a long ways. He deserves a seat so he can continue to help develop Fontana back to a city of prominence when Kaiser Steel was the center of the Inland Empire. Mark Nuaimi for Mayor.

 

Emory James for School Board

Emory James has been involved in Fontana activities since he arrived in the city. He has been like a lightening rod on some of the issues he has undertaken but they have been to make the community better. I have had many conversations with Mr. James and his heart has always been on helping the community and his people. Because he is a minister much of his current involvement has been with the Clergy Association and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Activities. His voice is needed on the school board to bring a diverse and rational opinion into the decision making process. His election would go a long way to help improve the educational image of all students in Fontana. When the wind stops blowing and the votes are counted have a seat for Emory James in Fontana.

 

Deborah Robertson and Joe Sampson

Joe Sampson told me several years ago that drinking water was a major issue in Rialto and he wanted to do his part in cleaning it up. Like wise Deborah Robertson is concerned about the safety of the citizens and cleaning up the water at a reasonable cost. Deborah and Joe have had to do battle with some safety public employees who did not see things the same way but that go with the territory of management. Nevertheless both sides were doing what they had to do under the situation presented at the time. That was then and this is now and Deborah and Joe need your vote to return them to the seat on the council. Both have represented the city in a professional and respectful way and never resorted to name calling or misleading the public as some candidates have. They have never misused or abused the public trust as some elected official have in other cities. The business community and housing industry has flourished under their leadership and will continue to do so when re-elected. Their inclusion and collaborative style of management is beneficial for the citizen and deserve your vote. Save the two seats for Deborah Robertson and Joe Sampson.

 

Gwen Terry

Gwen Terry

Gwen Terry

The Third Ward seat on the city council has already drawn much attention with the resignation of incumbent Gordon McGinnis, who relocated to the desert. Gordon is supporting his Police Commissioner Gwen Terry to replace him come November. Of course Tobin Brinker has thrown his hat into the ring to occupy the seat. We hope that does not happen. I know Tobin because I interviewed him and endorsed him for the Colton School Board. He is a teacher and cares for kids and has done some good work on the continent of Africa. Africa is Africa and America is different when it comes to American Blacks. Needless to say Tobin's limited stay on the Colton School Board was because of his positions did not sit well with Hispanics and Blacks in the district. If you are a lightening rod on the school board you can become Hurricane on the city council because of the need to assert your ego just a little more.

If the citizens of San Bernardino like the direction that Mayor Pat Morris is going, and I do, then you need to cast your vote for Gwen Terry. Pat has set the direction of a positive approach to problem solving with the Black and Hispanic community participating in the many activities and programs. In speaking with Gwen Terry she is supportive of his administrations program but has some ideas of her own… This would give Morris the required four of seven votes on the council needs to accomplish the job he was elected to do.. Now those votes are not a rubber stamp by any means, but will come from people who understand the cultural differences some time found in certain issues. Gwen understands the need to hire more police while understanding the need for training them to be aware of the great divide between perceived treatments of ethnic communities. She understands the need for local businesses to grow and develop while at the sometime hiring local citizens in the workforce. She understands the need for constructive youth programs while recognizing parents should be responsible for their children.

So to the citizens of the third ward and San Bernardino at large let us save a seat for Gwen Terry on the city council and keep going in the direction set by Mayor Pat Morris. Vote Gwen Terry.