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SAN GABRIEL VALLEY SCHOOL ELECTIONS : Profiles of Candidates for Tuesday Ballot : Baldwin Park Unified : 3 seats

October 31, 1991

Clinton Nixon, 69, 19-year incumbent, former retail grocery manager and businessman.

As board member, improved teachers' salaries, avoided financial problems and labor disputes, acquired drug-sniffing dogs for district.

"It is important that we have continuity of direction as the district continues to grow and expand in programs and facilities."

Anthony J. Bejarano, 43, retired, head of youth-oriented Paul Bejarano Foundation, member of Parents for Youth Progress and Proficiency and Lions Club, Vietnam veteran, dropout who later attended East Los Angeles College and Chavez Associates trade school.

Believes board has lost touch with the community and teachers; wants monthly meetings with teachers and classified staff; wants freedom for teachers to teach based on their students' abilities.

Eulogio (Eli) Roca, 33, printer-broker, 12-year resident of Baldwin Park, has two children in district schools, member of Parents for Youth Progress and Proficiency and Lions Club.

Wants to prioritize funding so the students' needs come first.

"Every child is an individual and that needs to be stressed more than anything else."

Ralph Nunez, 32, administrative assistant for Baldwin Park, parent, lifetime resident, board member of East Valley Boys & Girls Club, past president of Baldwin Park Optimist Club, Chamber of Commerce Royal Ambassadors.

Says he will work to maintain financial stability and encourage parental involvement and student self-esteem and maintain a drug-free and gang-free environment and strong academic program.

Bruce Snyder, 56, business owner, 14-year incumbent, 25-year president of Gremlin Division of Junior All-American Football Conference.

Stands on achievement: The district is fiscally sound, did not lay off any employees, gave teachers a raise and has not had any cuts since Proposition 13.

"We're a very professional school board. We work together, and we like each other."

Philip Morris, 48, union representative, brick mason, 15-year Baldwin Park resident, has children in district, involved with Parent Advisory Group, active with Girl Scouts.

Wants to promote extracurricular activities, expand vocational options and stop the teacher exodus.

"We're turning into a training ground for new teachers because the climate doesn't lend itself to keeping them."

Richard D. Cooks, withdrawing, giving support to Bejarano and Roca.

Charter Oak Unified

3 seats

Robert Hoenig, 57, six-year incumbent, educator, parent, past president of teachers union in south El Monte, teacher negotiator.

Familiar with state law and educational codes; supports opening multipurpose center for all schools in district and community groups.

"I've seen both sides of the picture for six years."

Jeannie Gwin, 45, homemaker, college graduate, mother of eight, 18-year resident, school volunteer aide, coach, team mom, unit commissioner of San Gabriel Valley Boy Scouts.

Believes in a positive approach to education; wants higher math and reading levels. She is dissatisfied with what board spends on administrative costs.

"They are gutting the program."

J. Glenn Salter, 34, business owner, parent, working on double degree in business management and business administration.

Believes board needs a "fresh, bold point of view" and a business perspective, ability to negotiate on a professional level and help in starting visionary communication skills.

"I have never wanted to do anything more with my life than to do this."

Ronald T. Bunte, 57, director of Children's Services at Masonic Homes of California, 31 years as a secondary school teacher and administrator; has attended more than 300 board meetings in 25 years.

Believes there is "no greater advocate for children than a school board member." Will guarantee reasoned decisions based on experience, research and judgment.

"We need more reading teachers and improved communication from the board to the taxpayer."

Geoffrey Knight, 45, real estate broker, has four children in district schools, raised in Covina, seven years coaching youth athletic games, former Marine, on board of San Gabriel Valley YMCA.

Seeks the best possible education for students by "budgetary priority to attract and retain the highest-quality teachers, staff and equipment." Opposes building performing arts center.

Josie Araiza, 18, college student, former student representative to the board, class senator, participated in weekly leadership meetings, interacted with parents, teachers and students with anti-drug, anti-gang and anti-racism rap sessions.

Believes she will add a new perspective as someone who has just gone through the system. Will involve the community in decision-making.

Brian A. Perkins, 33, former restaurant owner and manager currently seeking employment with the Los Angeles Police Department, parent and homeowner.

As a former business owner, he is aware of making decisions that affect others.

"I am truthful, honest and fair, and promise if elected, that I will do my best to represent the parents and students of this community."

Hacienda La Puente Unified

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