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Stanislaus County, CA November 2, 1999 Election
Board of Education Member; Modesto Elementary and High School Districts

Candidates (Vote for 3)
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Connie Chin 14,789 votes 27%

  • Occupation: youth adviser, school volunteer
  • B.S. , Occupational Therapy
  • Parent, with two children enrolled in public school
  • Sound Academic Standards at each level...accountability to standards in core curriculum and ending social promotion
  • Character Education...partnering with families in fostering basic virtues such as honesty, respect, perseverance, courage, and compassion.
  • Campus Safety...providing a safe and secure learning environment that includes active intervention for at-risk students.
Gary A. Lopez 11,488 votes 21%
  • Occupation: Captain, Modesto Fire Department.
  • Education: California State Fire Marshall Officer school, public high school.
  • Public service: 18 years on the Modesto Fire Department.
  • Activities: Active in the Sober Graduation, Big Brother, and Special Olympics programs.
  • Personal: My wife and I have two daughters in kindergarten and 1st grade at local public schools.
  • My first priority is reducing class size in the early grades. Ensuring early reading is the best way to prevent later problems.
  • Second, we must ensure school safety. I will put my years of exerience in public safety and prevention to work in our schools.
  • Third, we must improve the links between schools and good jobs. I favor public-private partnerships to help kids explore and prepare for good careers.
Odessa P. Johnson 9,780 votes 18%
  • Occupation: Junior College Administrator
  • M.S. Degree - Business Education - Columbia University, New York
  • B.S. Degree - Business Education - Tennessee State University
  • Regent for the University of California
  • Dean of Community Education, Modesto Junior College
  • Instructor & Counselor, Modesto Junior College
  • Teacher & Counselor,Modesto High School
  • Improving the College Going Rate
  • Insuring School Safety
  • Recruiting and Retaining Top Quality Teachers
Robert James "Bob" Jackson 7,481 votes 13%
  • Occupation: Retired high school teacher
  • BA University of Denver
  • MA in Political Science, University of Iowa
  • Implement new state requirements
  • Increase test scores
  • Provide space for srtudents a rapidly growing district
John N. Uhl 7,385 votes 13%
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Rickey McGill 4,840 votes 9%
  • Occupation: Teacher
  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Social Science
  • Master of Science in Education Administration, and California Education Administration Credential
  • California Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential, Authorized Field: Social Science
  • Over twenty-three years of teaching experience, taught in Middle School, High School, and now I teach Adult Education
  • Two years of experience as a Correctional Peace Officer for the California Department of Corrections
  • Happy parent of two children
  • Safer and Secure schools, and Classroom environments that are conducive to learning.
  • To give students the opportunities to have academic success
  • To buid a new high school that provides technical/ vocational education

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