Richmond Education Party courtesy @RmdEdParty
The Richmond Education Party (REP) ran a full slate of seven candidates for school board. It was their first time out as a party.
“Ken and I started this new venture of the Richmond Education Party and didn’t know where it would go and we were really pleased with the team of candidates we had. They all worked very hard,” said Sandra Nixon, an incumbent candidate for school trustee.
With only one incumbent, Jonathan Ho, not running for school board, the odds of rewriting the entire list of trustees in this election didn’t bode well. But, elections also offer an opportunity for leaders and party members to both get the word out and hear the thoughts of the community when they campaign.
Speaking of the REP slate of candidates, Nixon said on election night, “They are all really committed to raising the profile of education issues in the district.”
The election results came in slowly with the final results not certain at the time of her interview. Nixon said at the time, “We are really pleased that we have at least three of our team elected.” Ken Hamaguchi led the vote with Nixon a strong second. First time candidate, Heather Larson garnered the fourth spot and Debbie Tablotney, had clearly won a fifth term as a trustee. It meant that this new party had four of the top five spots on school board.
At the time of the interview, a fifth REP candidate, Karina Reid, was very close to the final person elected to school board. Final results indicated she ran a close eighth, about 170 votes behind Norm Goldstein who eventually did win the final slot on the school board.
Then, the room erupted. New results showed RCA and RITE candidates’ wins.
“The cheers are for some change on Richmond city council,” said Nixon, “I think it’s a positive change. We’ve seen the addition of some more candidates from RITE and RCA and I think that will be a good mix on our council moving forward.”
This time around, the winds of change brought in more than different political views.
“The voters of Richmond, I think, have elected a healthy mix of both returning, experienced and of new, fresh faces to the board.”