Laurie Walker, an administrative assistant for the Pleasanton Unified School District and daughter of two career educators, will be running for the Trustee Area 2 seat in November.
"I will bring a broad perspective that includes detailed knowledge of the district; an understanding of the budgeting process; and the ability to be fair and objective," Walker said. "I would be truly honored and humbled for your vote."
Walker will be competing against Urvi Shah, a longtime Pleasanton resident and former daycare owner, for the school board seat on Nov. 8 -- a third candidate, Christine Lutz, qualified for the Area 2 ballot but has bowed out of the campaign.
The Area 2 seat will represent the areas surrounding Hart Middle School and Fairlands Elementary; this will be the first election for PUSD in a district-based format that the board approved in March.
"As the daughter of lifelong educators, I grew up valuing education with the belief that young people with active minds are our most important natural resources," Walker told the Weekly. "I have strived over the past 16 years to strengthen family-school partnerships by helping lead in diverse roles at PUSD elementary, middle and high schools in Area 2."
Walker worked as an administrative secretary for Harvest Park Middle School from 2016 to 2019 before moving to become an administrative secretary for Amador Valley High School, where she currently works.
Apart from serving as an administrative assistant for the last six years, Walker has a long history of serving on school site councils, multiple districtwide and budget advisory committees and athletic booster groups.
She also said she has served on different parent-teacher association positions, including the Pleasanton PTA Council, which earned her the Pleasanton PTA Council Honorary Service Award.
"I continue to serve as a dedicated volunteer throughout Pleasanton; as treasurer on the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Board of Directors and for Z-Cares Foundation's Board of Directors," Walker said.
In 2017, she was also nominated and honored as the Pleasanton Unified School District Volunteer of the Year.
Walker attended the University of California, Davis for two years before transferring to California State University, Fresno where she received her bachelor's degree in business administration.
All three of her children have graduated from Pleasanton schools including Fairlands Elementary, Harvest Park Middle and Amador Valley High schools.
Walker's campaign website is not yet active online.