Camille Zombro, widely considered the architect of the San Diego Education Association’s shift towards a more hard-line, isolationist philosophy and a long-respected power broker in local education, has lost her bid for re-election as the teachers union’s vice president.
The result comes just two weeks after Zombro’s key ally, Craig Leedham, was placed on administrative leave. The removal of the two divisive, high-ranking officials comes at a crucial time for negotiations with the San Diego Unified School District.
According to the SDEA website, Zombro lost the election by more than 100 votes. Her challenger, elementary school teacher Lindsay Burningham, received 381 votes to Zombro’s 279. Union President Bill Freeman was unchallenged in the election and remains in his post.