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November 7, 2017 — Local Elections
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Whittier Union High School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Leighton M. Anderson

Governing Board Member, Whittier Union High School District
5,806 votes (26.03%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To achieve and maintain excellence in all phases of our students' high school experience, for the benefit of all students and their families.
  • Provide modern, clean, safe and secure facilities for all students.
  • Empower our highly qualified, caring and compassionate educators.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Attorney and Counselor at Law
Attorney and Partner, Bewley, Lassleben * Miller, LLP (2003–current)
Member, Board of Trustees, Whittier Union High School District — Elected position (1997–current)
Member of the Governing Board, Tri-Cities Regional Occupational Program — Appointed position (2005–current)
Member of the Oversight Board, City of Whittier, Redevelopment Agency Successor Agency — Appointed position (2012–current)
Member of the Oversight Board, City of Santa Fe Springs, Redevelopment Agency Successor Agency — Appointed position (2012–current)
Attorney and Principal, Law Offices of Leighton M. Anderson (1997–2002)
Attorney and Partner, Smaltz, Anderson & Fahey (1992–1997)
Attorney and Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (1987–1992)
Attorney and Partner, Hahn, Cazier & Smaltz (1985–1987)

Education

Columbia Law School Juris Doctor (J.D.), Law (1978)
Claremont McKenna College Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), magna cum laude, Political Science (1976)

Community Activities

Governing Board Member, Tri-City Regional Occupational Program (joint powers agency) (2005–current)
Oversight Board Member, City of Whittier, Redevelopment Agency Successor Agency (2012–current)
Oversight Board Member, City of Santa Fe Springs, Redevelopment Agency Successor (2012–current)
Delegate - Region 24, California School Boards Association (CSBA) Delegate Assembly (2000–current)
Member, City of Whittier, Redevelopment Project Area Review Committee (2005–2012)

Biography

 

Leighton M. Anderson has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1997. He and his wife, Diane, are the parents of three children, all of whom attended high school in the Whittier Union High School District. Their daughter, Courtney, graduated from the District in 2002; their older son, Jason, graduated in 2006; and the youngest, Brian, graduated in 2008. Diane, too, is active in school activities, and still volunteers her time at one of the District's high schools.

 

Mr. Anderson is an attorney and a partner in the law firm of Bewley, Lassleben & Miller, LLP, in Whittier. He is a former President, and serves on the Board of Directors, of the Rio Hondo Symphony Association, which provides admission-free classical music concerts to the Whittier, Santa Fe Springs and Pico Rivera communities and the surrounding area. He is a past President of the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce and he is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce.  His many non-profit affiliations include the Whittier First Day Coalition, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association and Lions Club International. Mr. Anderson also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Tri-Cities Regional Occupational Program (Tri-Cities ROP) and on Redevelopment Agency Successor Agency Oversight Boards for both Whittier and Santa Fe Springs.  He is an elected member of the Delegate Assembly of the California School Boards Association (CSBA) and is an appointed member of the Education Legal Alliance. He was previously appointed to serve on the Cities, Counties and Schools Partnership Task Force on State Budget and Fiscal Reform, representing a joint committee of CSBA, the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties, as well as numerous committees of CSBA.

 Mr. Anderson attended college at Claremont McKenna College, where he received his B. A. degree, magna cum laude, in 1976. He then attended law school at Columbia University, where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1978.

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • WHITTIER SECONDARY EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION
  • CALIFORNIA TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

Elected Officials (23)

  • Paul Gardiner, President, East Whittier City School District Board of Education
  • Richard Martinez, President, Little Lake City School District Board of Education
  • Jan Baird, Board Member, South Whittier Elementary School District
  • Deborah Pacheco, Clerk, South Whittier Elementary School District Board of Education
  • Ken Henderson, Board Member, Whittier City School District Board of Education
  • Vito Adragna, Board Member, Whittier City School District Board of Education
  • Linda Small, Board Member, Whittier City School District Board of Education
  • Jeff Baird, Board Member, Whittier Union High School District Board of Trustees
  • Russell Casteñeda-Calleros, Clerk, Whittier Union High School District Board of Trustees
  • Dr. Ralph Pacheco, Vice President, Whittier Union High School District Board of Trustees
  • Tim Schneider, President, Whittier Union High School District Board of Trustees
  • Juanita A. Trujillo, Council Member, City of Santa Fe Springs
  • Fernando Dutra, Council Member, City of Whittier
  • Whittier Mayor Joe Vinatieri
  • California Senator Tony Mendoza
  • Whittier Mayor Pro Tem Cathy Warner
  • Santa Fe Springs Mayor Bill Rounds
  • Santa Fe Springs Mayor Pro Tem Junaita Trujillo
  • Douglas R. Boyd, Member, Los Angeles County Board of Education
  • Carlos Aparicio, Board Member, East Whittier City School District Board of Education
  • Bob Henderson, Council Member, City of Whittier
  • Pico Rivera Mayor Bob Archuleta
  • Donald LaPlante, Board Member, Downey Unified School District; and Regional Director, California School Boards Associat

Individuals (1)

  • Whittier Mayor Joe Vinatieri

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe in equality of rights, equality before the law and equality of opportunity.  The mission of public education to advance those rights and purposes in society by providing educational opportunities.  Democracy is best served by well-educated and well-rounded participants in all social institutions.  At every level of government - and especially in schools - the needs of the individuals being served must be given priority over bureaucratic or institutional interests.  Public service must be caring, compassionate, and responsive to changing needs and circumstances.  Local control of most functions of government best allows the institutions to adapt to local needs and priorities.

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