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Challenger files to run against Moore for board position
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Manteca Unified’s longest-tenured trustee is once again running for reelection – which would extend her service to the district’s nearly 25,000 students as an elected official to almost 30 years. 

But she’ll have some competition this time around. 

Evelyn Moore, the retired schoolteacher who spent 28 years educating students at Lindbergh, French Camp and Nile Garden schools, has completed the requisite nomination paperwork to qualify for the November ballot representing Area 5 on the Manteca Unified School District Board of Trustees. 

Moore was last reelected to the board in 2014 and ran unopposed. She was first elected to the board in 1994, the year of her retirement from the district, and was a founding board member of the Give Every Child a Chance after school tutoring program. She was honored with a place in the Manteca Hall of Fame in 2008. 

Challenging Moore this year will be Lincoln Unified School District Teacher Librarian Cathy Pope-Gotschall. According to her LinkedIn profile, Pope-Gotschall has been a Teacher Librarian in Lincoln Unified in Stockton for the past four years, and has been an ongoing Teacher Consultant for the Great Valley Writing Project since 2012. She spent one year of her career as a high school English teacher for Manteca Unified – from August 2008 until June of 2009 – before moving on to Lincoln Unified where she spent nearly a decade in the classroom teaching 11th grade English and AP Language and Composition. 

While Moore will be seeking another four years, it appears that the trustee with the second-longest tenure will be retiring after her term concludes in December. 

Area 4 seat

Nancy Teicheira, who was first elected to the school board in 1998, is not currently listed on the updated roster of candidates posted Monday by the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters. Teicheira, who has been battling health issues and has missed meetings as a result over the last two years, has been an ongoing an active member of the board for two decades, and currently represents Area 4 – which includes the rural portion of Manteca south of the Highway 120 Bypass, an area which will transform significantly in the coming decades as long-planned growth in the area is finally realized. 

So far two people have submitted nomination paperwork for Teicheira’s seat – Marie Freitas, who listed no ballot designation on her paperwork, and Andrea Collins-Cambra, who identifies herself as a mother, farmer and businesswoman. 

Area 2 & Area 6 seats

The two other incumbents up for reelection – Kathy Howe in Area 2 and Board President Stephen Schluer in Area 6 – will appear on the ballot for full four-year terms, and neither so far have an opponent. 

Both Schluer and Howe were appointed to the board initially to finish out the first half of the unexpired terms that were created when Ashley Drain and Alexander Bronson resigned amidst controversy and legal charges, and both were elected in 2016 to conclude the terms they were initially appointed to.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.