As I write this, there are just 38 days until Nov. 3. But in Oakland, and all throughout California, voting really begins in less than 2 weeks when voters begin receiving their mail in ballots. In many parts of the state you’ll be able to turn in a ballot at a voting location on Election Day, but my advice is that you mark your ballot as soon as you receive it, and mail it back right away.
For Oakland voters the stakes are extremely high. Children in this district deserve a high quality education, and our new school board is going to be facing significant challenges in delivering on that promise. As a new board member I will make it my priority to address the three most pressing issues that the district faces:
- A literacy crisis that is at the root of the academic achievement challenges in the district.
- The digital divide that positions many of our most vulnerable children on the far side of a chasm that restricts their access to quality distance learning.
- A district budget that may not reflect the most important priorities we need to address in our schools.
If you live in District 3 you may have received a postcard from me in your mailbox. Please keep it handy when you mark your ballot — I hope it will remind you about my priorities and guide you as you cast your vote.
For those of you who are not District 3 voters, I’m attaching a copy of that postcard here so you can see how we are reaching out to voters. I was able to send this card because of the financial support many of you provided. I am grateful!
PS – Late Breaking: I just learned that I was endorsed by the Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus.
PPS – I have extra printed postcards that can be handed out in your neighborhood (if you live in District 3). If you have someplace to share them, let me know and I will arrange to get them to you.