A new candidate has joined the race to fill the San Diego Unified school board seat vacated by Marne Foster.
Sharon Whitehurst-Payne, a retired San Diego Unified educator, announced her candidacy at a meeting Monday night at Lincoln High School.
Collins and Whitehurst-Payne – who cordially posed for a picture together at Monday’s meeting – are so far the only candidates for the seat, but more could enter the race before June.
This won’t be Whitehurst-Payne’s first run at the seat. Back in 2004 she challenged Shelia Jackson, running on a promise to collaborate with teachers, who at the time felt left out of the superintendent’s plans for reform. She scored the endorsement of the teacher’s union, but it wasn’t enough to beat out Jackson.
Since then, Whitehurst-Payne has stayed active in the community, and has worked with the school district as an education consultant. Whitehurst-Payne also served on a taskforce to help San Diego Unified recruit and retain more teachers.
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Just what we need is another educator on the school board. Give the union teachers everything and ignore the students.
Haven't heard Whitehurst Payne for a loooong time. Dr Weber was never a union favorite when she was on the School Board. No reason to believe they will endorse anyone who is anywhere near being close to her. Even if they did endorse , they could do a Scott Barnett and pull the endorsement as soon as she says or does something they don't approve.
Labor is good for getting bodies to go door to door. We had a fellow in National City who was heavily backed by the Unions and was heavily defeated at the polls. Sooooo candidates, stand up for what you believe , take the message to the people and Good luck !