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Oakland school district treasurer wants to focus on youth
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Joey Ermitanio is no stranger to the political arena.

The 35-year-old Lathrop resident campaigned for a seat on the city council seat in 2008. Although unsuccessful, he hopes for better fortunes his second time around.

Ermitanio is seeking Manteca Unified’s Area 2 post.

If elected, he believes he can better help youngsters prepare for the future.

“I think giving them a career path (in high school) is important,” said Ermitanio, who graduated high school in Rizal, a province in the Philippines located east of Manila.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and business administration from California State University, San Francisco, and is employed with the Oakland Unified School District.

 Ermitanio has been the district’s treasurer for the past 11 years.

He has an understanding of the operations of school districts based on his experience with Oakland Unified.

If elected, his goal would be for more sites to work toward earning Distinguished School honors.

“It would pave the way for more funds,” Ermitanio said. “It would also impact everything, from lifestyle to city pride.”

 He has lived in Lathrop since 2006. Before that, Ermitanio was in the southwest Stockton community of Weston Ranch. He also resided in the Bay Area.

“I wanted to move to Lathrop but there were no homes available at the time,” he said.

Ermitanio wasn’t able to make the move there until the development of Mossdale and other areas west of Interstate 5.

He was encouraged to run for city council by young members of the community. They also urged him to seek the available spot on the school board.

“The focus is on the kids,” he said.

Ermitanio hopes to be in the position to encourage more youngsters to attend four-year colleges.