Focus on the SAUSD School Board Candidates: Cecilia Aguinaga

Just two years ago she lost a seat on the SAUSD School Board by less than 800 votes, according to Smart Voter.  Today Cecilia Aguinaga is trying again – but this time she is facing 8 opponents for three seats, versus only two opponents in 2006, for two seats.  And two of her opponents are incumbents.

Aguinaga has racked up some impressive endorsements, including:

  • Congresswomen Linda and Loretta Sanchez
  • Former Santa Ana Councilman John Acosta
  • Former Santa Ana Councilman Mike Garcia

Aguinaga is a School Police Coordinator at the SAUSD.  And she serves on the City of Santa Ana’s Human Relations Commission.  While she sent her kids to private schools, she does like to say that she is in it “for the children.”

Here are a few excerpts from Aguinaga’s biography, from her campaign website:

I have been a resident of Santa Ana for nearly thirty years. My husband and I own and operate a small business in Santa Ana. I was born in Jalisco, México and immigrated to the United States in 1978. My husband Armando and I have two sons and a daughter. Allan is a student at California State University, Fullerton. Ramses is a police officer for the Santa Ana Police Department, and Sylvia is a junior at University of California, Berkeley.

After helping my husband manage the grocery store, I wanted to do more to help children be successful in school. I began as an instructional assistant and was promoted to Special Education Interpreter and Community Worker. I presently serve as a School Police Parent Coordinator.

Mayor Miguel Pulido appointed me to the Human Relations Commission for the City of Santa Ana in 2004. As the Vice Chairperson, I presided over the selection of social service programs and funds to improve the quality of life in Santa Ana.

Aguinaga’s top priorities include:

  • Teach English
  • Parental Involvement
  • Security in the Schools

I have heard that Aguinaga is consistently polling in the top three or four SAUSD candidates.  My guess is that she has a higher name I.D. than the other candidates given that she ran just two years ago for a seat on the SAUSD School Board.

What will Aguinaga do if she wins?  Who knows?  If she can pull it off this time it will be anybody’s guess what she ends up espousing on the SAUSD School Board.  Hopefully she won’t all y with Audrey Noji and Rob Richardson.

You may contact Aguinaga at this link.

The Focus on SAUSD School Board Candidates series now includes posts on Irene Ibarra, Gregory Barraza, Roman Reyna, Gloria Alvarado, Mike Gonzalez, Valerie Amezcua and Jose Hernandez Up next: Rob Richardson.

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