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3 candidates to date vying for SJCOE superintendent

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POSTED October 8, 2013 11:51 p.m.

The number of candidates for the position of San Joaquin County Office of Education superintendent continues to grow.

Last week, a press release was sent to the news media announcing the intent of James Mousalimas, SCJOE’s deputy superintendent in charge of the Student Programs and Services division, to run for the position that will soon be vacated by Superintendent Mick Founts. Founts has announced his plan to retire at the end of the current school year.

First to announce his candidacy for the county schools’ top position was Jeff Tilton, a former administrator with the county Office of Education and currently the deputy superintendent of schools at New Jerusalem School District in Tracy. His announcement was followed by recently retired SJCOE assistant superintendent of curriculum Gary DeiRossi.

With three candidates, so far, competing in the June 3, 2014 election for the post that will be vacated by Founts, the top two garnering the most votes will go on to a run-off election in November. However, if one of the candidates collects 50 percent of the votes plus one or more votes, that candidate will be declared a winner and there will be no need for a run-off election.

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