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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Contra Costa County Board of EducationCandidate for Member, Area 3

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Daniel A. Gomes

Governing Board Member
23,206 votes (33.16%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To establish a STEM high school in Contra Costa County
  • To reduce student truancy
  • To expand Career Techhnical Education offerings for students not planning to attend college



Profession:Governing Board Member Contra Costa County Board of Education
Grand Jury Member, Contra Costa County Civil Grand Jury — Appointed position (1998–1999)


California School Boards Association Masters in Governance , Goverance of public schools at the level of local educational agencies and school district boards of trustees. (2004)
Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA BBA, Bachelor of Business Administration, Concentration: Economics of general private business activities. (1968)


Dan Gomes is a transplanted New Yorker. He and his late wife Jean lived in Pleasant Hill for over 53 years and enjoyed almost every year of it. In the November 8 election, he will run for reelection to County Board of Education, Area 3 which includes Pacheco and parts of the cities Clayton, Concord, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, and Walnut Creek.   Dan's career with the State of California included service as an analyst, staff services manager, and administrative services officer in the fields business, personnel, accounting and fiscal services with the Departments of Industrial Relations, Parks and Recreation, and the California Costal Commission.   His community services included a year with the County Civil Grand Jury, a special project with Planned Parenthood in teaching new parents to be, how to stop smoking, and 16 years with County Board of Education.   During the Korean War, Dan was an instructor in an Air Force aircraft and engine mechanics school and qualified to attend Aviation Cadets.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Secured endorsement from Evolve

Organizations (2)

  • Secured endorsement from East Bay Times. See editorial page October 31st 2016
  • I will meet with thhe Hispanic Chamber of Commerace this week.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools. What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Daniel A. Gomes:

My plans include making in person presentations before county-wide civic organizations, parent-teacher associations, student bodies and classes, and church groups.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

The value of an education is so taken for granted that politicians running for office often make generalized statements that they know no one will disagree with. I have done it myself. But, in my ballot candidate statement, I have pointed to twelve policies and programs that I support and that each of us can take some part in carrying out in the immediate future. Parents can provide a home life that is respectful of the value of education and helps their children in achieving... their educational goals. Students can acquire the habits of being on time, being courteous in, and attending every class. District board members and superintendents can, within budget, provide teachers with support by retaining class size reductions, providing behavior modification training for disruptive students, and for those students who do not plan to attend college, expanding Career Technical Education offerings.

Of all those items, the one that I consider most important is the establishment of high schools dedicated to science and technology. Today there are such high schools scattered throughout the nation, but none so far in Contra Costa. These STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics ) are so important that they may save our country from becoming dangerously irrelevant at some point in the future. To do our part in preventing this from happening should be our immediate concern. We can do this by seriously considering their establishment, regardless of sponsorship, either public or private. A mixture public and charter is possible, extending from middle school to community college and either district or county wide should be considered.

It will be a distinct personal privilege and high honor if you will reelect me to help out in establishing Contra Costa County's first STEM high school. Thank you very much for your support. - Daniel Gomes

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