There were four seats on the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Board of Trustees due up for election this fall, but no challengers came forward to contest the two trustees seats in the Tri-Valley held by incumbents Tim Sbranti (Area 5) and Ed Maduli (Area 7).
Trustee Maria Heredia is the sole candidate for Area 4, but two candidates filed for Hayward-based Area 1, which has been open since the COVID-19 related death of trustee Marshall Mitzman this spring.
Maduli was elected to the board in 2016 and represents Livermore and parts of Pleasanton. He also currently serves as board president.
Calling this year a "consequential election," Maduli said his continuing priorities as trustee are maintaining fiscal accountability, supporting teaching during the pandemic, and preparing students for college transfers and to acquire in-demand job skills during the economic recovery.
"I champion affordable education and job training opportunities for Tri-Valley students. Attending a UC now costs 10 times what our colleges do," Maduli said.
"During the recession, it is more important than ever Tri-Valley students have access to college credits, certifications, and job skills at a reasonable price," he added. "Our colleges serve hundreds of veterans -- many facing post-traumatic stress disorder and permanent disability. As an Air Force veteran, I understand these unique challenges and the educational programs our veterans need to re-enter the civilian workforce."
A former Air Force lieutenant colonel, Maduli most recently retired from West Valley Mission Community College District in Santa Clara, where he was vice chancellor of administrative services. He also served as vice president of business services at Las Positas College.
Maduli has several degrees including a masters in aeronautical engineering from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from Golden Gate University, and is currently working towards his education doctorate from the University of Southern California.
Appointed to the trustee role last year, former Dublin mayor Sbranti told the Weekly he plans to "increase the number of students earning certificates and degrees connected to the regional economy and employment opportunities in their fields of study" by managing and prioritizing district finances.
"To achieve these student outcomes, we must embrace a growth mindset and culture of continuous improvement that emphasizes communication, collaboration, and alignment with industry, UC/CSU, K-12, and nonprofit leaders throughout our region and state," Sbranti said.
Sbranti said the partnerships would "bolster our ability to offer innovative educational opportunities, holistic wrap-around support services, guided pathways, and modernized facilities," as well as create local jobs and prepare students for their careers.
With the COVID-19 pandemic restricting classes in the district to online learning for both fall and spring semesters, district enrollment has dropped, according to Sbranti, and there is "a greater need for CLPCCD to expand our services to students relative to mental health, food insecurity, financial distress, and many other challenges."
On the upside, Sbranti added, "We are also looking at opportunities to build affordable student housing at both Las Positas and Chabot as a means to address the challenges our students are dealing with from the lack of other housing options for our students."
An educator for 22 years, Sbranti also served six years as mayor of Dublin before terming out in 2014. Sbranti is vice chair of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, co-chair of the Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group's Education and Workforce Development Committee, and athletic director at Dublin High School.