Livermore parent and Granada High School alumna Kandiss Hewing is looking to serve her hometown school district in a greater capacity by winning a seat on the school board this autumn.
A product of Livermore schools herself who now works as a human resources specialist, Hewing said her goals on the board would include aligning the budget with academic goals, prioritizing student needs, investing in teachers and supporting individualized education programs (IEPs).
"The truth is this is not about politics with me, and it never will be," Hewing said in a two-minute introductory video on her campaign website. "I decided to run for school board for the simple fact that I have kids in the school district and I know plenty of kids in the school district who need someone to be their voice. They need someone to stand up for them and fight for what they need."
"Much of my success in life is a result of having the appropriate support, materials and supplies funded by my public school, which allowed me to function effectively in my learning environment," she added in a written statement. "If elected, I will make sure we budget for services that align with both our short- and long-term academic goals. Investing in our greatest assets, our teachers, will be a top priority."
Hewing is one of five candidates on the Nov. 3 ballot for two at-large seats on the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Board of Education, joining incumbent Chuck Rogge and fellow newcomers Yanira Guzmán, Asa Strout and Kristie Wang.
At least one board position is guaranteed to change hands since incumbent Chris Wenzel opted not to seek re-election.
Running with a campaign slogan of "Where teachers and students meet, success will follow," Hewing said in her campaign launch statement that she "wanted to run for school board because it’s important for parents with students currently in the school district to participate and serve."
Her campaign video and website focus on overarching goals for the district if she were to win a school board seat.
"My children, who are middle school and elementary school age, are in a school that is wonderful for them. They feel like they are surrounded by people that care about them and that are attentive to their needs. And I want to continue to push our school district in that general direction," she said.
The first-time candidate added, "As an alumna myself, I can definitely attest to the fact that Livermore cares deeply for their students and we continue to need that support." Hewing credits an LVJUSD teacher with helping her overcome a speech impediment and gain public-speaking confidence growing up.
Hewing honed in on support for special education students and IEP in the district during her introductory video.
"As a school board candidate, I look forward to investigating IEP operations and make sure that they're heading in the right direction … making sure that kids of all learning levels and ages receive the help that they need," she said.
Hewing is a Livermore native -- attending Portola, Junction and Granada -- who returned to her hometown to raise a family. She earned a bachelor's degree in speech and language pathology from the University of the Pacific and worked in a language disorder center that provided services to youth free-of-charge.
She currently works as an HR specialist at San Jose State University and sees her job duties as providing vital experience with large budgets, the collective bargaining process, and transparency and accountability.
To learn more about Hewing, visit www.kandissforlivermorestudents.com.