Elections

Correction: Updated candidates list for Washington Unified School District Board race

Joshua Alves, Norma Alcala and Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez are vying for two seats on the Washington Unified School District Board of Education in West Sacramento. The Bee mistakenly omitted Alves from the Voters Guide published Oct. 12.

Norma Alcala

Occupation: Business owner

Age: 53

Birthplace: Brownsville, Texas

Residence: West Sacramento

Website: www.facebook.com/AlcalaNorma

Education: Attended Arizona State University, 2013-14; attended UC Davis, 1982-83; associate’s degree, Sacramento City College, 1980-82.

Experience: Faith director, Holy Cross Parish, West Sacramento, 2000-present; owner, Drive Right Inc., 2008-present; president, River City Democratic Club, 2014; legislative aide, California Senate and Assembly, 2000-09; Yolo County grand juror, 2006-07.

Why are you running for this office? Schools are the heart of our community. To be successful in school, all children need the head start universal preschool can provide. And all children need the solid 3Rs of basic education. Students also need job training and parent involvement.

Joshua Alves

Age: 37

Occupation: Medical device sales representative

Birthplace: Modesto

Residence: West Sacramento

Website: www.joshuaalves.com

Education: Bachelor’s degree, biology, CSU Sacramento, 2007.

Experience: Volunteer, MILE Preschool, 2012-present; West Sacramento volunteer bicycle patrol, 2014-present; volunteer, Mission Essential and The Next Ridgeline, 2014-present; board member, The Rivers homeowners’ association, 2011-13.

Why are you running for this office? To provide a quality education for my children and the community. A good dynamic is important, and I would be the only father on the board. My business background would help when spending Measure V and Local Control Funding Formula money.

Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez

Age: 33

Occupation: School board member, elementary school teacher

Birthplace: Roseville

Residence: West Sacramento

Website: http://sarah4schools.com

Education: Master’s degree, curriculum and instruction, CSU Sacramento, 2008; multiple subject teaching credential, CSU Sacramento, 2004; bachelor’s degree, liberal studies, CSU Sacramento, 2003.

Experience: Trustee, Washington USD, 2013-present; Folsom Cordova Unified School District Teacher of the Year, 2011; classroom teacher, FCUSD, 2004-present; teacher consultant, UC Davis Writing Project, 2008-present; mentor teacher, CSUS, 2007-present.

Why are you running for this office? I want my daughters and all children to have access to the highest quality education in safe schools. As a teacher in a highly diverse community, specializing in curriculum, I know what is necessary to enhance education for students of all abilities.

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