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Santa Clara County, CA November 6, 2007 Election
Board Member; Palo Alto Unified School District Voter Information

4 Year Term.

Results as of Nov 13 11:47am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (47/47)
Candidates (Vote for 3)
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Barbara Klausner Click here for more information about this candidate 11,732 votes 29.68%

  • Occupation: Public School Educator
  • Former Attorney
  • MA Education, NYU; JD Yale; BS Cornell
  • Former PAUSD Teacher, District Math Specialist (curriculum, training)
  • Parent Rep: Nixon Site Council, Gunn Foundation
  • Children have attended Briones, Nixon, JLS, Gunn
  • PAUSD Strategic Planning; Board Member PAFE, PAGS Softball
  • Create a plan to meet our current pressing enrollment growth and facilities needs that reflects a long-term, comprehensive vision for our schools
  • Craft a strategic plan focused on educational excellence and social/emotional health, backed by measurable, achievable benchmarks
  • Innovate and identify best educational practices to meet the needs of all students, especially in the core program, and promote use district-wide
Melissa Baten Caswell Click here for more information about this candidate 8,067 votes 20.41%
  • Occupation: Community Volunteer
  • Dartmouth AB, MBA Degrees
  • 14 years as executive in finance, marketing, and strategy; worked on Wall Street and in local high tech firms.
  • President, Palo Alto PTA Council, 2005-7; Executive VP, Palo Alto PTA Council; President, Duveneck PTA
  • Founding Board Member, Youth Community Service
  • Parent Advisory Board, Downtown Children's Center Preschool
  • Leader, Award-winning Katrina Relief program
  • Strategic Vision: The Board must take the lead in developing our new, comprehensive Strategic Plan.
  • Collaborative Culture: We cannot sustain excellence without cooperation and trust at all levels.
  • Great Education: I want all kids to be curious and excited about learning for the rest of their lives.
Camille Townsend Click here for more information about this candidate 6,731 votes 17.03%
  • Occupation: Incumbent
  • President: Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education
  • Attorney: Experience in employment, family, contracts, and privacy law.
  • Teacher: Purdue University, Krannert School of Management, Business Law Faculty for five years.
  • Education Leader: Awarded the Palo Alto Council of PTA's 2003 Leadership in Legislative Advocacy Award.
  • J.D. - Loyola University of Chicago, M.S. - American University, B.A. - University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Sustain and improve academic excellence, taught by quality teachers.
  • Provide leadership and experience in budgeting, state government relations, and District staffing.
  • Provide a path for success for all students of all abilities.
Wynn Hausser Click here for more information about this candidate 6,549 votes 16.57%
  • Occupation: Director of Communication
  • MA, Stanford, BS Northwestern
  • 20+ year communication professional, currently with Public Advocates
  • Former Chair, Palo Alto Human Relations Commission, board member PACCC, Palo Alto Little League
  • Youth baseball manager, basketball coach, soccer referee
  • District parent of 8th and 5th graders, 24 years in Palo Alto
  • Support academic and enrichment programs benefiting all students based on their needs, including those in the "forgotten middle."
  • Make decisions based on long-term planning and strategic priorities, emphasizing financial stability and oversight.
  • Take a lead role in seeing that the social and emotional well-being of students, teachers and administrators are given much-needed attention.
Claude Ezran Click here for more information about this candidate 4,709 votes 11.91%
  • Occupation: High-Tech Executive
  • 25 years of experience in Silicon Valley companies such as Intel, Adobe and start-ups, mostly at the Director and VP level
  • Strong financial expertise as a former Financial Analyst and Budget & Planning Manager
  • BS, MSEE, Harvard MBA, Philosophy classes at Stanford
  • Many PTA positions, including Director of Education and Treasurer of the Palo Alto Council of PTAs, and School Board Observer
  • Member of the Steering Committee for Measure A, the school parcel tax
  • 16-year resident of Palo Alto. My three daughters attend the school district
  • Provide a world-class education to compete in the global economy. Expand the teaching of foreign languages to 6th grade and elementary school.
  • Encourage the Board to operate more at the leadership and policy level, and focus less on operational details. Be fiscally conservative.
  • Address urgent issues such as enrollment growth and facilities planning. Focus on the whole child. Attend to students' health & wellness.
Pingyu Liu 1,734 votes 4.39%
  • Occupation: Free Lance Writer

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