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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

San Diego Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area C

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Marcia Nordstrom

Real Estate Broker, Management
116,022 votes (30.2%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Accountability - Responsible management of the District
  • Budget - Transparencey about how the Board spends our tax dollars
  • Choice - Increase child protection measures to make our kids safer



Profession:Real Estate Broker, Management
Managing partner, Engle & Voelkers (2016–current)
Board member, PB Planning Group — Appointed position (2015–2017)


University of SouthernCalifornia (USC) BS, Major - International Finance Minor - Real Estate (current)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Bonnie Dumanis, Former San Diego District Attorney
  • Hon. Dr. Tom Goodman, retired SDUSD Superintendent

Organizations (3)

  • Latino American Political Association, San Diego (LAPA)
  • Lincoln Club
  • San Diego Association of Realtors (SDAR)

Elected Officials (6)

  • Senator Joel Anderson
  • Hon. Bill Wells, Mayor of the City of El Cajon
  • Hon Victor Graham, San Marcos Unified School District
  • Hon Councilwoman Lorie Zapf
  • Hon. Mark Powell, County Board of Education
  • Hon Kristen Gaspar, Pres., County Board of Supervisors

Individuals (1)

  • Mike Snider, Community Leader/Education Advocate

Questions & Answers

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

Do you support Measure H to impose term limits on San Diego Unified School District board members? Why or why not?
Answer from Marcia Nordstrom:

No.  The Grand Jury provided a report suggesting (2) 4-year term limits. 5 Town hall meetings were condueted to get public input.  A majority of respondents supported (2) 4 year term limits.  The Board of Trustees approved (3) 4 year term limits which would start in 2020.  Current incumbents would then be able to serve an additional 12 years which would allow some current board members to have served a total of 24 years or 2 generations.  

Currently, San Diego Unified School District board member candidates are nominated by trustee areas in June, and then face voters in the entire district in November. Do you think that SDUSD board members should only be elected by the voters within their own trustee area? Why or why not?
Answer from Marcia Nordstrom:

Voters should be represented by representatives from their own district.  SDUSd is very diverse and each dictrict has their own unique issues and challenges.  The demographics of each district are also different so each district is better served by having representation from their respective neighborhoods.

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

Parents are seeking better choices for their children's education and charter schools are smaller and can offer more specific options to parents.

Should school board members weigh in on political issues, such as immigration and gun control? Why or why not?
Answer from Marcia Nordstrom:

No.  Politics should be kept to a minimum in our schools

Should the district curb its school choice initiatives, separate from charter schools, so more students stay in their neighborhood schools? Why or why not?
Answer from Marcia Nordstrom:

The District complains that charter schools are taking away students from the public schools.  The reality is that if the public schools met the needs of the students, parents would not be seeking other options.  It is very difficult and stressful for parents to have to make the decision to pull their children out of their local, neighborhood school and drive them to another school.  Pulling a child out of their neighborhood school where their friends also go to school is very difficult for the child as they are no longer attending a school where their friends and neighbors attend. 

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