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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Pacheco Union Elementary School DistrictCandidate for Governing Board Member

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Brandon Wegner

Nonprofit Corporation President
1,261 votes (19.14%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Stop forcing teachers to pay for supplies.
  • Create a computer science club.
  • Create a grant committee to raise more money for the district.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Nonprofit Corporation President
Sergeant, United States Army (2006–2015)

Education

Lynbrook High School High School Diploma (2003)

Community Activities

National President, Drunk Driving Prevention Program (2011–current)
Vice Commander, Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 2001 (2016–current)

Biography

Mr. Wegner served for 9 years in the United States Army, is a Purple Heart recipient, serves as Vice Commander for the Redding Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and serves as the National President of the Drunk Driving Prevention Program.

Mr. Wegner enlisted in the Army in Sep 2006 and served until Oct 2015 when he was honorably discharged. Mr. Wegner served in the Military Police Corps.  While serving on active duty in the Army Mr. Wegner deployed to Iraq for 15 months and to Afghanistan for 12 months. While on a dismounted patrol in Afghanistan Mr. Wegner’s unit came under fire from Taliban forces. Mr. Wegner returned fire until he was wounded by a Rocket Propelled Grenade. Mr. Wegner is a Purple Heart recipient.

Mr. Wegner is currently serving as the Vice Commander for the Redding Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH). Mr. Wegner help’s veterans in need through the MOPH. www.purpleheartchapter2001.org

After returning from his first deployment Mr. Wegner noticed that many of his fellow service members were getting arrested for driving under the influence. Mr. Wegner did not want to see his battle buddies survive deployment only to die or kill anyone due to drinking and driving. In 2011 Mr. Wegner created a free designated driver service called the Drunk Driving Prevention Program. The DDPP drives people and their car’s home for free. While the program was created for soldiers anyone can use the free service. The DDPP currently has chapters that provide free rides every weekend at 8 chapters in 7 states. The DDPP has chapters at Ft. Riley KS, Ft. Drum NY, Ft. Stewart GA, Ft. Bliss TX, Ft. Leonard Wood MO, Ft. Leavenworth KS, Schofield Barracks HI, and in Redding CA. The DDPP has provided thousands of free rides and has had over 800 people serve as volunteer drivers since 2011. Mr. Wegner has been serving as the programs National President since the programs creation. Unlike many nonprofits that pay their CEO’s a high salary Mr. Wegner runs the program on a completely volunteer basis and refuses to accept a salary. www.ddpp.us

 Due to his injuries in Afghanistan Mr. Wegner is no longer physically capable of serving in law enforcement. Mr. Wegner decided to pursue a new career in technology industry. Mr. Wegner is currently using his GI Bill to finish his bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Management before starting his Master’s Degree in Computer Science.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

If elected Mr. Wegner will work towards ensuring that more grant money comes into the district, that a computer science club is created, and that teachers don’t have to pay for supplies.

Mr. Wegner is a lifelong republican and has strong conservative values. Mr. Wegner’s political philosophy is that your money is your money. The government already takes too much of our hard earned dollars through taxes. Mr. Wegner does not believe in additional taxes. Mr. Wegner feels that the tax dollars that you already spend should be put to good use. Even with that being said Mr. Wegner is still a strong supporter of education and wants to ensure our students have the best supplies, teachers, and opportunities. Mr. Wegner’s experience in the nonprofit sector has taught him that this is possible without raising taxes by working with businesses. Most major businesses provide grants to charities and schools. Mr. Wegner wants to put together a volunteer grant committee of teachers that are interested in helping to benefit the district. Mr. Wegner wants to take advantage of as many grant opportunities as possible to bring in money to the district without raising taxes.   

Mr. Wegner knows that technology is an important part of our children’s future. Mr. Wegner wants to create a computer science club for Pacheco Jr. High students. The club would be free to join and offered after school twice a week. Mr. Wegner wants to run the club using a free curriculum created by Google called Computer Science First https://www.cs-first.com/en/home. Mr. Wegner would be willing to run the Computer Science club along with the assistance of 2 teachers.    

Teachers should never have to pay for supplies out of their own pocket. We don’t make airline pilots pay for fuel and we don’t make soldiers pay for bullets. Why should teacher’s haves to pay for supplies? Mr. Wegner wants to raise money through grants, private donations from local businesses, and work with charities that specifically raise money for teacher’s supplies. This will ensure that not even a dime of our teacher’s salary has to go towards supplies.

 

A vote for Brandon Wegner is a vote for a bright future for our students. 

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