Monroe, Foster in November run-off for County Superintendent of Schools post

Bowser finishes 3rd in bid to succeed retiring Superintendent Sheila Jordan

Karen Monroe, associate county superintendent and the only current Alameda County Office of Education employee in the race, topped the ballot but failed to capture more than 50% of the vote yesterday in the primary contest to become Alameda County's new Superintendent of Schools.

With all votes counted, Monroe received 35,536 votes, or 34.02% of all votes cast in the race.

Helen K. Foster, finished second, with 22,913 votes or 21.94% of the votes cast.

Since neither garnered more than 50% of the vote, Monroe and Foster will compete in a run-off for the position on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot.

Pleasanton school board member Jeff Bowser, who was also seeking election to the office, finished third in the five candidate race, receiving 18,682 votes, or 17.89%.

The other candidates were Ursula Reed, with 14,436, or 13.82%, and Naomi Eason, who trailed with 12,254 votes, or 11.73%.

The winner in the run-off election will succeed Sheila Jordan, the current Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, is retiring after 16 years in office.


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Posted by fact checker
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 4, 2014 at 12:14 am

This is a runoff election. Since no candidate received 50% plus one, the top two face each other in the November general election.

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Posted by Monroe fan
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2014 at 12:29 am

Karen Monroe had much better endorsements. See Web Link including two P.U.S.D. board members.

Not understanding the empty classroom that is the start of the Bowser's election web page Web Link . Not sure what the messaging was for 'vote for me and get empty classrooms.'

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Posted by county office insider
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2014 at 4:06 am

Karen Monroe did not have the support or endorsement of the teachers or CSEA members in her own county office. She has used her time as Associate Superintendent to campaign for the Superintendent's office while doing little to actually improve services the county offers. She is responsible for hiring her own friends for top positions with little regard to their qualifications.

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Posted by PUSD insider
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Based on school board job performance evaluation, it's best that Bowser wasn't elected Questionable judgement at best in the school principal firing/debacle

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Bowser probably was comfortable with the Oakland Tribune endorsement. I sent him an email and asked a question, he did not respond to my email. So, I voted against him.

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Where are the evaluations? Looking at the website, and I don't see any.

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Posted by PUSD insider
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2014 at 3:36 pm

I meant based on my own evaluation/ opinion. I don't know if there is a formal evaluation to read.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2014 at 5:50 am

There were no good candidates. We just knew not Bowser, we never wanted him to be elected to the PUSD board but he was. We did our part and voted against him, and so did most of our neighbors.

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Posted by Jill
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 5, 2014 at 10:10 am

Does this mean he will run for school board again? Let's hope not, we need better for our kids!

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