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Los Angeles County, CA November 3, 2009 Election
Governing Board Member; Torrance Unified School District Voter Information

Results as of Nov 20 4:27pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (43/43)
Candidates (Vote for 3)
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Al Muratsuchi Click here for more information about this candidate 6,454 votes 25.06%

  • Occupation: Educator/Prosecutor/Parent
  • Torrance School Board President, 2009
  • Torrance School Board trustee since 2005
  • Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice
  • Former Chairman, Torrance Planning Commission
  • Former Director, League of Women Voters of Torrance
  • Married, one daughter
  • Continue the tradition of excellent Torrance schools despite State budget cuts
  • Repair and upgrade aging school facilities
  • Spend tax dollars wisely and ensure fiscal responsibility
Mark Steffen Click here for more information about this candidate 6,204 votes 24.09%
  • Occupation: Teacher/Board Member
  • TUSD School Board Member for 4 Years.
  • Occupation: Public School Teacher for 26 years. Presently teaching 4th grade
  • Experienced in modernization of school sites
  • Coordinator of Maintenance for local school district for 6 years
  • Parent of children who have attendedTorrance schools
  • Supported Measures Y and Z
  • Ensure Bond dollars are being monitored and wisely spent.
  • Maintain the ability to keep and attract quality teachers.
  • Ensure fiscal stability of the district
Michael P. Wermers Click here for more information about this candidate 5,079 votes 19.72%
  • Occupation: Business Owner
  • Parent of three young daughters in Torrance Schools
  • Torrance Library Commissioner
  • Member of Torrance Education Foundation Board of Directors
  • Member of Torrance Chamber of Commerce
  • Honorary Service Award Recipient from Torrance Council of PTAs
  • On Committee that wrote the city of Torrance's Strategic General Plan
  • Quality of Education
  • Oversight of Propositons Y & Z Funds
  • Transparency within TUSD
Kathleen J. Wood Click here for more information about this candidate 3,121 votes 12.12%
  • Occupation: Business Manager/Parent
  • Torrance resident since 1962
  • Graduate of South High
  • Parent of West Hgh student
  • Look for and eliminate wasteful spending
  • Keep tradition of quality education
  • Complete Education: Academics, Athletics, Arts and Social Skills
G. Rick "Rick" Marshall Click here for more information about this candidate 3,024 votes 11.74%
  • Occupation: Independent Small Businessman
  • 1978 Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration
  • Contract Software Developer, self-employed
  • Member, Curriculum Advisory Board, Harbor College
  • 2000 Fundraiser, Muscular Dystrophy Lockout
  • 1997-2001, Chairman, SMART (Organization of Torrance Taxpayers)
  • 2001 - 2005 Host Family, Japanese Exchange Students
  • ACADEMICS: Work with Teachers to maintain core subjects as program cuts are made to remove $11 million deficit. Give Torrance residents priority.
  • CONSTRUCTION:Implement voter approved school construction projects. Spend excess funding only with voter approval.
  • TAXES: Oppose parcel tax for funding school operations instead reduce special education encroachment on general fund.
Kevin E. Bellenfant 1,329 votes 5.16%
  • Occupation: Attorney/Parent
Sameer "Supreme Sam" Bhavnani Click here for more information about this candidate 542 votes 2.10%
  • Occupation: Business Owner
  • Creator of the South Bay Film Festival
  • B.A Degree from CSULB
  • Product of the Torrance School System
  • Honest Man
  • Reduce Cost of Schools, by eliminating Books and going to digital eBOOKS
  • Increasing Education by raising standards, and tailoring teaching to fit our kid's learning habits
  • Increase education in Money Management, Social Standards, Communication

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  Official Information

Torrance Unified School District
District Statistics
Candidate Forum

Monday October 19
location: Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 W. Torrance Bl.
co-sponsors: League of Women Voters of Torrance; Torrance Council of PTAs
video: taped by Torrance Community TV for broadcast on Time-Warner Channel 28 & Verizon Channel 36 (October 21 thru November 2 at 8:00pm)
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