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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Alum Rock Union Elementary School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Raymond "Ray" Mueller

Legal Administrator/Parent
5,505 votes (12%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Opportunity, Equity, Visibility. A district that works for everyone of our stakeholders. Collaborative governance, new funding and simply listening to the stakeholders.
  • As chair of the Bond Oversight Committee, I am most informed on those issues of facility repair, and the fiscal responsibility of our board in this area is a primary goal to achieve progress on all the others.
  • Ironically, education funding is short in our society. I would work with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and titans of industry to find new funds. Our local industry must support our working families!



Profession:Legal Administrator/ Chair, Citizen Bond Oversight
Office Coordinator, Centext Legal Services (2014–current)
Chair, Citizens Bond Oversight Committee - Alum Rock Union Elementary School District — Appointed position (2013–current)

Community Activities

Board Member, Silicon Valley Pride, (San Jose Pride) (2010–2011)
Board Member, Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center (2008–2009)


Born just outside of Chicago and a San José resident for more than fourteen years, my story is about more than just my experiences. I am thankful to share with you more about myself. To know why I am running and why I am so passionate about community service, it helps to know my story.

Like many working families, my parents sought to build a better life for their family. When I was child we moved to Nebraska, but after several years, we returned to the Chicago area to help care for my grandmother’s declining health. The first of many of my life’s changes influenced by health. After graduating high school in Waukegan, I attended Indiana University on full scholarship. However, changes in health, this time my own, would lead me back to Chicago, and set my life on a new direction.

As a young individual struggling to find identity during the 1980’s,  the value of community was important.  Being positive gained new meaning and while fighting for life, I began to learn about the fight for social justice with my new community. My involvement during this effort taught me more about the value of service, and how to affect change. Chosen by the local health department to educate the community, there were some incredible opportunities to learn and grow. I was fortunate to be appointed by Mayor Daley’s initial Title one Advisory Committee during this time and was able to impact many through peer education and by just being open about my life.  

In 1994, after being told to buy a cemetery plot, I would meet the man who has been by my side ever since. Jeff committed to be my partner through whatever came our way. Unlike too many family, friends, and community leaders, I was one of the lucky ones, and my body responded to treatment. Jeff’s career as a healthcare technician would provide him opportunities to travel, and in 2001 we made our first stop in the Bay Area. 

After brief periods in Boston, Orlando, central Illinois and Iowa, Jeff was offered to return to the west coast. Our trip to San José in 2004 was the last stop for our travels and one year later he was offered a permanent position. Due to my health concerns, legal and cultural restrictions, we were uncertain if we would be able to start a family, but upon settling in San Jose, we knew that was a place we could see that change. Here we started the long and difficult process of foster-adoption, we also chose to stop being renters, and sought to be homeowners.


Alum Rock was our top destination to raise our family. While our first offer for a home in this neighborhood was unsuccessful, we found our home moved to Alum Rock in 2010, just in time to count in Census 2010. One year later our son, Tim, completed our forever family. Since we have been Alum Rock residents I found opportunities to volunteer with the school district and advocated for our families, students and community.

Since 2013 I have been Chair of the Alum Rock Union School District Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee. We have helped to insure the bond funds are properly expended. In the last two years, we have seen mismanagement and poor choices of our current trustees cause the district embarrassment and invasive investigations. I have supported these when requested and look forward to a time when our district will be considered stable. Until then, I will continue to advocate on behalf of the entire community, including students, teachers, neighbors and families. 

I am now asking for your vote because I believe it’s time for a change on the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District Board of Trustees. We need to build on our success and stop ignoring the voices of residents. The district needs new perspective from trustees who do not have so many entanglements and are not legend for the chaos which surrounds them. We must have collaboration and cooperation to heal the wounds of the past and i am ready to be part of that team.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Alum Rock Educators Association, South Bay Labor Council, Santa Clara County Democratic Party
  • Former ARUSD Trustees, Gonzales, Alexander, Flores-Shelton, Freudenberger,
  • Trustees, Claudia Rossi, Rosemary Kamei, Pattie Cortese, Rose Filliciti, Omar Torres, David Cohen, Karen Martinez

Elected Officials (2)

  • Assembly Members Ash Kalra, Evan Low, Kansen Chu
  • S.J. Mayor Liccardo, C.M. Raul Peralez, C.M. Sergio Jimenez

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Our campaign is a result of nearly ten years of parents, educators, students and taxpayers demanding progress and new direction

for our Alum Rock schools. We believe in choosing student success over political schemes. ARUSD is on the verge of change and I am proud to be part of it.

As an active community volunteer/parent raising our child in the Warm Springs neighborhood, and Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee Chair for 5+ years, I have been at the forefront working for our students and for fiscal responsibility. I am committed to world-class education in safe, modern school facilities, using every dollar as efficiently as possible.

With a new board, we will work to address the achievement gap and attract and retain the best educators. We must honor and build on the successes and achievement of our schools and students. I have spoken alongside with residents and parents at meetings as the Board majority ignored us. Our voices must be heard loud and clear. We will create a district geared to work for every Alum Rock student and every Alum Rock family!

I ask for your vote, but you cast this ballot for our students.

Thank you. 

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