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Verde Magazine

Verde Magazine

Verde Magazine

Board Election Looms

Palo Altans will choose from a pool of five candidates to fill the three open seats on the school board in the Nov. 8 election.

Incumbents Heidi Emberling and Melissa Baten Caswell are running against hopefuls Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera, Todd Collins and Jennifer DiBrienza.

This election comes at a pivotal time for the Palo Alto Unified School District, as it’s struggling to recover from a multi-million dollar budget shortfall. Verde reached out to all of the candidates by email to learn about the campaigns.

With such impassioned individuals running for office, voters have a tough choice to make. To PAUSD parent Kurt Milne, the most qualified candidate is one who is prepared to make tactful decisions when it comes down to it.

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“I think it’s important to vote for somebody that can thoughtfully make a hard trade-off … somebody who can weigh the pros and cons of different issues,” Milne stated.