Mario Koran and Ashly McGlone

Mario Koran asks questions and writes stories about San Diego schools. Reach him directly at 619.325.0531, or by email: mario.koran@voiceofsandiego.org. Ashly McGlone is an investigative reporter for Voice of San Diego. She can be reached at ashly.mcglone@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5669.

To Richard Barrera, his roles as a San Diego Unified trustee and leader within the local labor movement don’t conflict – they complement each other perfectly. On the school board, Barrera led a deal to hire more union workers for school construction projects, helped elect union-backed school board members and selected Cindy Marten as superintendent without a public search.

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