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Three jockeying for one position on school board

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POSTED October 27, 2012 1:33 a.m.

Out of the seven seats on the Manteca Unified School District Board of Education, only one is up for grabs this election cycle.

And there’s a fight to wrap it up.

On Thursday evening at a candidate’s night hosted by the Manteca Tea Party Patriots, Weston Ranch area trustee hopefuls Sharla Moore and Alison Ordner talked openly about what it is they want to bring to the table for their constituents and the district as a whole.

Moore – who has a Bachelors Degree in psychology and a Juris Doctorate – opted to stay home and raise her children rather than pursue her career. She is concerned about the lack of family involvement and support in her local community.

“I want to be able to join the community together again,” she said. “Right now there’s no parent involvement.

“My children are my No. 1 priority and I need their future to be bright.”

Given the nature of the Northern San Jaoquin Valley – where many households have two working parents and children often find themselves alone after school – Moore said that she’s a heavy advocate for programs that will give children a healthy and positive outlet that will prevent problems and take care of their needs.

It’s something that fellow candidate Alison Ordner – a 17-year Weston Ranch resident – echoed.

But when it comes to her platform it’s really quite simple – making sure that parents know that there’s an advocate in their corner.

“I want parents to know there will be somebody in there that will have the best interests of their children at heart,” she said. “That’s for not only my children, but your children as well.

“A vote for me is a vote for the children.”

Ordner said that she believes the current board has done a fantastic job maintaining Manteca Unified over the years, and would love to be a part of the team that works to improve the lives of students.

Interestingly, both candidates have children that are 11 and 14 – with Moore also having a 6 year old and Ordner having a 9 year old and a 7 year old.

Unlike other candidate forums where a moderator presented questions to each of those seeking office, every candidate was given five minutes to summarize their platforms and discuss what it is that they plan on bringing to the table.

Those in the audience were able to ask questions as well, and the meeting was organized to provide a meet-and-greet immediately following the presentations by the candidates.

The 2012 election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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