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Ripon Unified may cancel board election
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Annette Vande Pol could be the newest representative on the Ripon Unified school board.

The parent – as referenced by the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters’ list of candidates – was unopposed despite the Trustee Area 2 spot being extended a few days following the Aug. 10 filing deadline.

“All three candidates – a choose one, each – went unchallenged,” Melinda Dubroff of the SJC Registrar of Voters office in Stockton said on Thursday. “So, there will be no election and it will be up to the governing board (on making the appointments).”

If all goes accordingly, Vande Pol would take over the seat currently occupied by Ernie Tyhurst, who is winding down his second term.

The former City of Ripon Director of Planning and Economic Development announced several months ago of his intent to call it quits after his term expires on the school board.

His colleagues, Chad Huskey and Christopher ‘Kit’ Oase, did re-up for another four-year term, serving Trustee Area 1 and Trustee Area 3, respectively.

Huskey, who is currently the board president, is completing his first term in office. He previously served on Measure G Oversight Committee and currently works for The Clorox Company in the IT department as a solution architect.

Vice President Oase has been on the school board since 2010.

He’s a retired educator, serving 35 years in public education in communities such as Elk Grove, Escalon and San Leandro as well as in Stanislaus County.

The Ripon Unified School District recently changed from an at-large election to that of a Trustee Area voting. By that, only those residing in Trustee Area 1-3 were eligible to vote if the race were to go on the Nov. 6 ballot.