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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
Special District

Delete this - duplicate of Southwestern CCD district 3Candidate for Seat 3

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Casey Tanaka

Mayor of Coronado
29,202 votes (18.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • There is a huge amount of construction going on at Southwestern College. I want to use my municipal experience to see to it that this construction is well managed, student centered, and transparent to the public
  • Southwestern College will be hiring a new Superintendent in the next few months. I have the experience and sound judgment to contribute powerfully to this process of hiring a new Superintendent.
  • Students should be excited every time they step on campus and should feel that the campus is a second home where they can lounge, dream, and plan. I'm running to make SWCC a spark of creativity and growth.



Profession:Mayor of Coronado/AP US History and US Government Teacher at Coronado High School
AP US History Teacher/US Government Teacher, Coronado Unified School District (1999–current)
Member of the Coronado City Council, Coronado City Council — Elected position (2002–current)
Mayor, City of Coronado — Elected position (2008–current)
Chairman, Coronado Historic Resource Commission — Appointed position (2001–2002)


National University California Professional Clear CLAD Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Sciences (2004)
UCSD BA with Honors in History and a Minor in Political Science (1997)


I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1976. I moved to Coronado in 1983 and attended Coronado public schools from 2nd-12th grades. My parents both reside in Coronado. My Dad is a retired Navy SEAL and my Mom is a retired nurse and preschool assistant. My older sister is a graduate of Southwestern College who went on to graduate from SFSU as an undergrad and USF as a Grad student. My younger brother is a gardener in Coronado and works twice as hard, day in and day out, than his mayoral brother :-)

Political Beliefs

I have served on the Coronado City Council for the past 14 years and I have led the Council as its Mayor for the past 8 years. I have concurrently been teaching AP US History at Coronado High School, full-time, for the past 17, going on 18 years.

My philosophy is to embrace George Washington's call in 1797 to avoid political parties and to instead embrace serving all segments of the public. If elected, I will ignore partisan politics and will focus on balancing the needs of students, taxpayers, and employees. I am endorsed by no political parties or unions. I will be devoted to the needs of my constituents and the many people who depend on SWCC for their pursuit of the American dream.

Official Statement

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Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

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Governing Board Member – Seat No. 3

AGE: 40
Mayor of Coronado

I have served as Coronado’s Mayor for the past eight years and have been a Coronado City Council Member for the past fourteen years. I have concurrently been a fulltime history teacher at Coronado High School for the past seventeen years. I have a unique and valuable skillset to serve the public as a Trustee for Southwestern Community College and I seek your support to join its Governing Board.

I was reelected Mayor in Coronado four years ago by over 70% of the vote because I’m approachable, earnest, effective, and non-partisan. If elected, I’ll always focus my decision making on balancing the needs of our taxpayers, students, and employees. My experience as an elected municipal leader and a classroom teacher offers me the background to make sound decisions for our stakeholders and if elected, I’ll serve you ably and nobly.

Southwestern College is at a turning point. It will be hiring a new President/CEO and this will require board members with the integrity and wisdom to select the right person to lead this organization into the future. I’m ready and able to represent you as a Trustee for Southwestern Community College.

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