Coronado Mayor Loses Bid for College Board

CORONADO — Coronado Mayor Casey Tanaka unsuccessfully ran for Seat 3 on the Southwestern Community College District Board of Trustees in the Nov. 8 election, finishing third out of five candidates.

As of Nov. 30, Roberto Alcantar, district director for State Sen. Marty Block, won with 56,738 votes (39.05 percent), followed by Army and Marine Corps veteran William McLeroy with 35,818 (25.34 percent), Tanaka with 28,006 (19.27 percent), Lei-Chala Wilson, legal advisor to the San Diego Black Police Officers Association, with 14,691 (10.11 percent), and Lander Iriarte, whose background is in finance, with 9,052 (6.23 percent).


Casey Tanaka

Casey Tanaka


About 18,000 absentee and provisional ballots remain to be counted, but the outcome is not expected to change.

The five were vying to replace Trustee Humberto Peraza, who decided not to seek re-election. The campus newspaper, The Sun, endorsed Alcantar but also said that Tanaka “would almost certainly make an excellent trustee.”

Tanaka said in his candidate’s statement, “I was born in Honolulu in 1976 and moved to Coronado in 1983. I attended public schools in Coronado from 2nd-12th grades and then went to UCSD, where I was awarded a BA with honors in history and a minor in political science in 1997. I started teaching AP U.S. history in Coronado in 1999 and have been teaching at my alma mater ever since.

“In 2000, at the age of 24, I ran unsuccessfully for the Coronado City Council. Two years later in 2002, I decided to give it one more try and I won a council seat. I was re-elected in 2006 and in 2008, I was elected Coronado’s mayor. I was re-elected mayor in 2012 and because of term limits, I will be stepping down as mayor in December of 2016.