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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

San Diego County Board of EducationCandidate for Member, District 3

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Eric J. Lund

CEO/Business Instructor
43,630 votes (35.7%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Advocate for more federal and state funding for San Diego county special education budget
  • Improve parents & students ability to choose the school of their choice, including great public and charter schools
  • Enhance transparency in San Diego County Board of Education finances and in board decisions, supports innovative common sense business-oriented solutions



Profession:College Business Teacher,Chamber President and CEO
President, CEO, San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce (2013–current)
Business Teacher, Southwestern College (2015–current)
Business Teacher, Grossmont College (2003–current)
Board Member, East Region Adult Education Collaborative — Appointed position (2017–current)
Board Member, Grossmont/Cuyamaca College Foundation Board of Direcotrs — Appointed position (2001–2015)
Vice President, Community Relations, Member & Visitor Services, San Diego Tourism Authority (2009–2013)


National University Masters of Science Instruction Design and Educational Technology, with Honors, Education (2008)
National University Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing, Business (2006)

Community Activities

President, Lemon Grove Lions Club (2015–current)
Chairman of the Board of Directors, El Cajon Elks Lodge 1812 (2013–current)
Treasurer, Grossmont Cuyamaca College Foundation Board of Directors (2000–2014)
President, Kiwanis Club of La Mesa (1998–2011)
Secretary, Rotary Club of El Cajon (1997–2011)


Eric Lund believes we can do better in our schools and help our students compete in the Global Marketplace.  He will support our students to improve in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math and will support our teachers in having the resources they need to be successful with our students.  Whether preparing for a college degree or earning a certificate that will train students for future careers, Eric has the knowledge and experience to succeed in improving our schools.

Eric Lund is a 3rd generation native San Diegan in San Diego East County.  His Grandfather was the head of the English Department at San Diego State University and Eric has continued the family tradition of teaching at Grossmont and Southwestern College where he is a 17-year, business teacher.  Eric is also the President and CEO of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce where he has organized the community to support business, jobs and respond to key issues like homelessness.  He represents thousands of employees and more than 640 businesses in the local cities and county.


Eric has been a licensed Coast Guard Captain for more than thirty-five years.  He has a Master of Science Degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology and a BA in Business Administration.  He also sits on the Board of the Adult Education Collaborative which includes both the High School and Community College District as the Business Community Board Member.  Eric has years of experience on the Foundation Board at the Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District and in private life he volunteers for service organizations including the Elks, Lions, Kiwanis and the Rotary Clubs of East County.  He and his wife Georgia have raised their three kids who are now successful adults, all of them have grown up and learned through the San Diego East County public school system.


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Deputy Sheriff's Association of San Diego

Organizations (3)

  • California Charter Schools Association
  • Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors
  • Deputy Sheriff's Association of San Diego

Elected Officials (4)

  • Supervisor Dianne Jacob, San Diego County Board of Supervisors
  • State Senator Joel Anderson, State of California
  • Congressman Duncan Hunter, Federal Government
  • Ramona School Board, Daryn Drum

Individuals (1)

  • Immediate Past President of Cuyamaca Community College Mark Zacovik

Questions & Answers

Questions from KPBS and the League of Women Voters (San Diego and North County San Diego chapters) (5)

Do you support by-trustee-area elections for school boards? Why or why not?  
Answer from Eric J. Lund:

Yes, it is good for representatives to be from the regions they represent to represent the diverse populations we serve.


Would you vote to approve new charter petitions that are found to be legally compliant and educationally sound? Why or why not?
Answer from Eric J. Lund:

Yes, I support great schools whether they are Public Charter or Public Schools.

Do you believe school districts and counties should look to charter schools as a way to stimulate improvement in schools? Why or why not?
Answer from Eric J. Lund:

Yes, Charter Schools represent an opportunity to improve education and they help create an environment which is good for public schools as they add to our educational mix for all schools to be more effective and innovative in education.

Would you support a bill requiring school districts to report how they spend funds earmarked for low-income children? Why or why not?
Answer from Eric J. Lund:

Yes, I support transparency.  School Boards should be accountable to the public and transparent in how they operate fiscally.

Should the board limit interdistrict transfers so districts can better maintain enrollment? Why or why not?
Answer from Eric J. Lund:

This can be a complicated issue because I believe that parents and students should have the ability to choose the school of their choice but we also need to have enough students enrolled in schools to create strong enrollment in our good schools. I also understand that transfers allow for improved convenience and better education for some students.  As long as low income students are treated equally and provided with the same opportunities as other students, I am not opposed to transfers.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Eric Lund's political philosophy is simple,

1. apply common sense whenever possible and be empathetic to both internal and external customers. 

2. Seek to understand other people including their problems, concerns and issues first and then to be understood in your response. 

3. Be ethical and expect ethical behavior in return.

Position Papers

Eric Lund's Position on Education in San Diego County


"I come from a family that has been involved with public service for as long as I can remember.” 

My wife, my children and I have gone through our local San Diego County public school system and our local community colleges and my four grandchildren will likely go through many of those same schools.  My Grandfather taught English and was the head of his department at San Diego State University and I have followed my Grandfather’s legacy and I am honored to currently teach Business Classes at Grossmont and Southwestern College.

Academics & Education

In today's complex world we need to equip learners with the ability to compete in the Global Marketplace.  Our students need a broader variety of career options to choose from of real jobs that exist today and in the future.  We can help our kids set career goals at an earlier age by presenting to them real world career mentors and opportunities.  I will help our teachers to teach not only college preparation but also career technical education to offer a broader array of educational pathways.


When schools compete for students they teach and do better for kids.  We need to promote all great schools and offer a broader array of choices for parents in educating their children.

Our schools should be the best in the world, our teachers should be the most modern educators and produce the best results for our students possible.  When teachers compete they teach better and improve.  We need to make our education processes less cumbersome and more service oriented toward students.  We must offer a broad array of choices in education for families so they can choose what is best for their children.


Our San Diego Board of Education should be transparent in it's control and expenditure of finances and in explaining positions on votes.  The Board should embrace positive change and be more service oriented toward the families they represent not to special interests.  The Board should be able to explain why they turn down some schools when there is not a good reason. 

We can and must do better!


Academics, Competition, Transparency are summed up by ACTing to vote for change.  Vote for Eric J Lund this June and help to improve our schools, our choices and our children's future!

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