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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Martinez Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Jonathan T. Wright

School Board Member
5,893 votes (26.16%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Equitable implementation of the district facilities master plan to ensure all of our school campuses are repaired and renovated completely with financial transparency
  • Continue working with district staff to develop programs to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers and classified employees
  • Continue working to address the needs of our growing English Learner populations



New College of California Bachelor of Arts, Humanities (2003)


Jonathan Wright is a native of Concord, CA. Both of his parents are retired educators from the Mount Diablo Unified School District. Growing up in a household of teachers, witnessing first-hand the level of dedication and sacrifice required to be an effective teacher, he will always view anyone who finds their vocation in education as a hero.    Jonathan has spent his career working on behalf of working people as a union organizer, negotiator and advocate. He brings his tireless passion for justice and equity to his role serving our students as a member of the Martinez Unified School Board. He believes in our Martinez Schools and wants to ensure they remain great for generations to come.    A committed member of the Martinez community, Jonathan regularly opens his office to monthly downtown art walks to help showcase the work of local artists, including students from Alhambra and Vicente Briones High Schools. He and his wife Monica are devoted animal welfare advocates and can often be seen walking their rescue and foster dogs throughout town or in the abundant open space surrounding Martinez. When he’s not busy with his dogs or work, he can be found bicycling or remodeling his 90-year old house. 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Jonathan Wright is a pro-union, pro-family, pro-environment member of the Democratic Party. He believes that the cornerstones of our American democracy and economy are an educated and well-informed populace. It is this fundamental belief that has inspired him to serve his community as a member of the Martinez School Board.


Having worked in local government on behalf of elected officials, Jonathan has seen the positive effects that government can deliver to people. He has also seen best intentions become pathways to political grandstanding and gridlock and, ultimately, a waste of the public trust and treasure. He values good governance over political gamesmanship. 


His definition of good government includes, but is not limited to, the following: investing and maintaining public infrastructure, providing access to free and appropriate public education, providing access to quality healthcare, providing access to childcare, ensuring we can all breathe clean air and drink clean water, limiting involvement in foreign conflicts, providing affordable and convenient public transportation, protecting workers on the job, supporting industries that employ workers and manufacture goods in America rather than overseas in countries with lax worker protections and low wages.



Jonathan believes in the power of personal accountability and responsibility and sees government as a means towards creating a more just and sustainable society. He also believes government and elected officials should be held to the highest standards of excellence and accountability. However, each member of society must also hold themselves to account and be conscious of how their behavior affects themselves and their neighbors. 

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