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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Fullerton Joint Union High School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 4

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Mike Oates

4,224 votes (28.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure long-term financial solvency in order to continue providing top quality educational and social experiences for all students.
  • Institute new "life-learning" programs focused on career success.
  • Continued focus on art, trade and tech programs as well as programs for at-risk students and students with disabilities. Maintaining safe campuses.



Profession:Business Owner, College Professor
Owner/Operator Cafe Hidalgo, Cafe Hidalgo (1997–current)
Adjunct Professor, Fullerton College (2016–current)


California State University, Fullerton MBA, Business Administration (1994)

Community Activities

Treasurer, Boy Scout Troop 292 (2015–current)


A Fullerton resident for 45 years, an alumnus of Fullerton High, and a masters graduate from Cal State Fullerton, I will be honored to serve as your Board of Trustees representative.

For 21 years I’ve owned Cafe Hidalgo, recognized as business of the year by the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce.  I’ve taught music in the Fullerton elementary district and am currently a business instructor at Fullerton College.  My wife and I are the parents of a freshman at Fullerton High and a seventh grader at Parks Jr. High.

As an educator, I will promote more innovative and life-skills learning, maintain music, art and vocational studies, strengthen our special needs programs, and encourage fair wages for teachers, administrators and staff. Using my experience in business, I will ensure responsible spending to meet both short and long-term goals, while recognizing and respecting those paying the bill. As a community leader, I will foster collaboration among parents, teachers, and stakeholders, and explore new ways to connect students across all educational levels.  As a parent, I will fight to keep our schools safe and secure.

For fresh eyes, a strong voice for our students, and a forward vision for learning, vote Mike Oates for Board of Trustees.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Bob Singer: Fullerton Joint Union HS District Board Member
  • Ellen Ballard: Fullerton School District Board Member (ret.)
  • Dick Ackerman: California State Senator (ret.)

Elected Officials (2)

  • Anastasia Shackelford: Lowell School District Board Member
  • Bob Singer: Fullerton Joint Union HS District Board Member

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  • Marty Burbank
  • Kerry Phelps
  • John Phelps
  • Helen Kharrat
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  • Dave Song
  • Vicki Schindele
  • Bob Manzer
  • Deanna Hill

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