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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Montebello Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Art Chavez

Commercial Sales Manager
5,794 votes (7.54%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Restore the district's financial health
  • Restore the trust of all neighborhoods of the community
  • Restore the trust of all district employees



Territory Manager, Frontier (2016–current)
CA Region Channel Manager, Verizon (2008–2016)
Manager Store Design, Verizon Wireless (2006–2007)
Senior Staff Consultant, Verizon International (2001–2006)
Board Member, Housing and Human Services Board — Appointed position (2005–2006)
Project Manager, Verizon Wireless (1999–2000)


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Bachelor of Science (B.S.), business administration (1993)
East Los Angeles College Associate of Arts (A.A.), accounting (1990)

Community Activities

Board Member, "Debes Creer En Ti" (Believe in Yourself, Inc). (2005–2006)


I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I majored in Business Administration.  I also earned my Associate of Arts “Cum Laude” from East Los Angeles College, where I majored in Accounting. My K-12 education was through the Montebello Unified School District.  I was the Senior Class President and an All-CIF football player at Schurr High School where we won the 1980 CIF Championship.  I am an Eagle Scout from Troop 375, Miraculous Medal Church in Montebello.  I was nominated by Schurr High School and selected by the American Legion, during my junior year, to attend Boys State in Sacramento.

During my 21-year career with Verizon (now Frontier), I managed multi-million-dollar projects, for Verizon International in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Argentina and Mexico.  I developed a strong background in contractor/vendor management as an Account Manager, Project Manager, Senior Staff Consultant, National Store Design Manager and Channel Manager.  It was critical that we selected the best contractors/vendors and held them accountable to deliver results on target budgets and time.  I believe this type of experience can help.  A school board should ensure that the companies, that they do business with, should be aligned with its objectives and be held accountable to deliver on its promises.  Prior to my career with Frontier, I was a dues paying member of the Teamsters, for three years, while working my way through college.

While I was a resident of the City of Irving/Texas 2005-2006, I was appointed by the city council to serve on the Housing & Human Services Board and served as Vice President of a great local Non-Profit "Debes Creer En Ti" (Believe in Yourself, Inc).

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (2)

  • Ms. Adele Andrade-Stadler – Member of the Alhambra Unified School District Board of Education
  • Mr. Robert L. Gin – Member of the Alhambra Unified School District Board of Education

Individuals (5)

  • Mr. Darrell Heacock – Former member of the Montebello Unified School District Board of Education
  • Ms. Barbara Chavira – Former member of the Montebello Unified School District Board of Education
  • Ms. Darline Robles – Former Superintendent of the Montebello Unified School District
  • Mr. Bo Henke – Former Superintendent of the Montebello Unified School District
  • Mr. Anthony Miera – Former Chief Deputy Controller at City of Los Angeles

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy


I am very excited to be running for a seat on the Montebello Unified School District Board of Education.  If elected, I look forward to the opportunity to serve students, parents and all employees of the district. 


I am disturbed by findings of fraud and misappropriation resulting from poor fiscal management.  Like many of us in the community, I feel betrayed by the district administrators who squandered taxpayer funds and the ensuing drama unfolding in the media.  My experience as a strong business leader makes me a key “outsider” to help “fix the system” and restore fiscal strength at the school district.  The long-term success for the kids growing up in the district is what this is all about!


You can get more acquainted with me on the Facebook page "Friends of Art Chavez for MUSD Board of Education 2018."  I plan on having my website up in the coming days.
In the meantime, you can reach me at or (323) 394-7128.


I believe any budget decisions need to factor in the level of impact to the students/classrooms.  I also believe that district employees/teachers/administrators that have an issue, should have an additional avenue (peer/administrator committee) to address it.  A school board should be transparent and accessible to the public to truly understand the needs of every neighborhood of the district.  Parents have hopes and dreams, when they send their children to our schools, and want to have a voice and influence in their education.



Hoping you will go to my GoFundMe website to contribute!  Thank you so very much!


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