I am starting this post at 3:00 a.m. to bring you the news: Southwestern College now has a new Governing Board!
Just a few moments ago, 100% of the ballots were reported, and both Norma Hernandez and Tim Nader defeated their incumbent opponents, Yolanda Salcido and Jorge Dominguez.
Norma captured almost 54% of the vote, over Yolanda's 46% bought-and-paid-for-by-those-damned-contractors votes.
And in his field of four, Tim left the rest in the dust, with a 9-point margin of victory over his closest competitor, Jaime Mercado. It must be noted that Jorge Dominguez earned a little more than 13% of the vote, coming in fourth of four, behind Bud McLeroy.
Unfortunately, in the Jesseca-Terri race, incumbent Terri Valladolid eked out a 2-point win over Jesseca Saenz-Gonzalez. Terri won with only 1600 votes more than Jesseca, of more than 60,000 votes cast.
This may not have been victory for Jesseca today, but it was a fantastic showing for a first-time politico. In one fell swoop, she earned more votes than Ms. Salcido did, and single-handedly kicked the legs out from under the vaunted Valladolid "dynasty."
With pro-student incumbent Nick Aguilar, we now have majority of the Governing Board. I would strongly suggest that a few members of the administration start updating their resumes, stat.
Can I get a great big, "thank you!" to our candidates for the brutally hard campaigns they fought?
And I want to say "thank you!" to everyone who stood with the students, the faculty, and the community by voting for Norma, Tim, and Jesseca.
The November board meeting is coming up on us fast. I suggest we all get together then and watch the spectacle that is sure to come. It's a changing of the guard, and it's about time.