API Candidates Vie for L.A. County Judicial, School Board Positions

Several Asian Pacific Islander candidates were on the ballot in Los Angeles County school board and judicial races on Nov. 6.


Leonard Narumi


There was at least one Nikkei candidate, Leonard Masamichi Narumi, who ran for the Montebello Unified School District Governing Board. The three open seats went to Marisol Uribe (12,123, 16.08 percent), Jennifer Gutierrez (10,347, 13.73 percent) and Alejandro Ramirez (9,754, 12.94 percent). Narumi, a teacher with the district for over 34 years, was fourth with 8,813 (11.69 percent).

Rounding out the crowded field were Cleve Pell (7,202, 9.55 percent), Sonia Saucillo-Valencia (6,904, 9.16 percent), Miki Moreno (6,036, 8.01 percent), Art Chavez (5,653, 7.50 percent), Michael William Lopez (3,407, 4.52 percent), Francine Gardea (3,099, 4.11 percent) and Frank Thomas Morales (2,048, 2.72 percent).

Following are results for other API candidates as of Nov. 27:

Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, 2nd Appellate District, Division 5: Dorothy Kim — yes, 1,582,637 votes (75.10 percent); no, 524,636 (24.90 percent)


Tony Cho


Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, 2nd Appellate District, Division 2: Elwood Lui — yes, 1,516,866 votes (70.15 percent); no, 645,409 (29.85 percent)

Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 60: Deputy District Attorney Tony Cho, with 1,246,000 votes (55.66 percent), defeated Deputy Public Defender Holly Hancock (992,511, 44.34 percent).

Mt. San Antonio Community College District Governing Board, Trustee Area 2: Incumbent Gary Chow retained his seat with 12,970 votes (45.95 percent), followed by Ruth Luevand (7,633, 27.04 percent), Michael Miller Brown (4,934, 17.48 percent) and Mansfield Collins (2,691, 9.53 percent).

Baldwin Park Unified School District Governing Board: Deanna Coronado Robles and Betsabel Lara were elected with 6,581 votes (33.18 percent) and 6,145 (30.98 percent), respectively. Teresa Vargas was third with 5,274 (27.59 percent) and Laurena Pham was fourth with 1,835 (9.25 percent).


Joseph K. Chang


Fullerton Joint Union High Governing Board, Area 1: Chester Jeng (6,132, 50.05 percent) beat Regina Cuadra (6,019, 49.5 percent). This district covers parts of Orange and Los Angeles counties.

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Governing Board: Incumbent Anthony Duarte (13,227, 23.38 percent), incumbent Joseph K. Chang (12,614, 22.29 percent) and Jeffrey De La Torre (11,818, 20.89 percent) were elected. Also running were incumbent Penny Fraumeni (9,510, 16.81 percent) and Rudy Chavarria (9,414, 16.64 percent).


Cindy Wu


Mountain View School District Governing Board: In a race for three seats, Cindy Wu (3,157, 21.49 percent), incumbent Veronica Sifuentes (3,073, 20.92 percent) and incumbent Adam Carranza (2,720, 18.52 percent) were elected. Also running were Irma Zamorano (2,404, 16.36 percent), Patricia Valencia (2,095, 14.26 percent) and Penny Sue Vasquez (1,241, 8.45 percent).

Rosemead School District Governing Board: In a race for three seats, the winners were incumbent Nancy Armenta (2,585, 28.25 percent), incumbent John Quintanilla (2,382, 24.19 percent) and Diane Benitez (1,472, 14.95 percent). Also running were Qui Dang Nguyen (1,472, 14.95 percent), Cindy Lou Cantu (1,297, 13.17 percent) and Joshua Gordon Stimpson (639, 6.49 percent).

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