UPDATE: Late Thursday, the Monterey Peninsula school board selected Veronica “Ronnie” Miramontes as Hill’s replacement.
By Royal Calkins
A remarkably strong field of candidates is seeking appointment to an interim seat on the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District board, replacing Jon Hill, who is moving out of the area.
The 10 candidates are scheduled to be interviewed by the school board at a public meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the district’s service center, 540 Canyon Del Rey in Del Rey Oaks. The board is scheduled to make its selection after the interviews. The person selected will represent Trustee Area 3 in Monterey until the November election and will be eligible to run for a full term then.
While many of the applicants have significant backgrounds in education, two of the better known candidates have focused much of their careers on labor issues, from opposite perspectives.
Ron Chesshire was a Carpenters Union executive for decades on the Peninsula but made a name for himself as a member of the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District board.
Kevin Dayton is a public policy analyst and taxpayer representative who has worked for contractor organizations trying to eliminate union preferences in government construction projects. He also has written critically about efforts to include labor history in public school curriculum and has served on the district’s bond advisory committee.
Most of the other applicants have worked in education and have been heavily involved in committee work and other activities related to education. Their resumes and application forms are attached to the agenda and can be found here.
The other applicants are:
- Erik K. Bull, a teacher at North Monterey County High School who founded the Monterey Organization of Science Educators.
- Leigh Cambra, who teaches at Carmel High School.
- Robert J. Grimes, a retired Naval Postgraduate School instructor.
- College student Garret Hambaro.
- Jennifer Haydu, owner of Evolution Transformative Arts.
- Veronica Miramontes of Restorative Justice Partners Inc.
- Susan Morse, a retired CSU-Monterey Bay and Monterey County Office of Education instructor.
- Elizabeth K. Robinson, a copy editor and former instructor at the Naval Postgraduate School.
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