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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Rim of the World Unified School DistrictCandidate for Member, Governing Board, Area 3Short Term

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Jordan V. Zarate

Local Business Owner
3,193 votes (35.96%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increasing Revenue and Ensuring Financial Stability
  • Addressing mental health & wellness and bullying issues
  • Improving community involvement/relations



Profession:Local Business Owner
Founder / CEO, Digital Mountaineers, LLC. (2017–current)

Community Activities

Member of the Board of Directors, Running Springs Area Chamber of Commerce (2017–current)


There are several reasons why I’m running. In short, I think it’s important to support teachers & students overall and be an accessible resource to them. Every decision should be driven by what’s best for our students & teachers. Some of the reasons I’m running are:

  1. Teachers & students need someone on their side.
  2. We need an accessible school board that listens. It shouldn’t be difficult to get in contact with our representatives. It shouldn’t be a hassle to be heard. We need to hear from you when you have something to say! If elected, I will make myself accessible to students, teachers, staff, parents, and community members. I will visit schools & classrooms regularly. I will welcome meetings. I will do my best to represent your voice. Submit your feedback now on what you’d like to see in our school district.
  3. Students need an entrepreneurial role model they can count on for support. I believe if students can relate to someone energetic, someone who has forged his own path, they will respond and be inspired to pursue their career interests. Just imagine a student body that is interested in engaging with the school district’s board? Imagine a board that welcomes students and is eager to be a resource for them?
  4. The next generation needs to step up. It’s time that a new generation with a fresh perspective become a voice in our communities; it’s time to continue the leadership that has been cultivated by the previous generation; it’s time to start the transition. I’d like to be a part of that next generation.
  5. At the end of the day, I’m invested in our community. I’ve taken steps as a full time homeowner in Arrowbear Lake, a local business owner, a chamber board member, and future parent to get involved in the Running Springs area and getting involved with the school board is that next step. I want to help build a successful school district that I’ll be glad to send my children to. There are problems and it’s time to start fixing them.
  6. Finally, it’s time to listen, understand, empathize, then ACT. I have spent time at the school board meetings. I remember vividly the outrage we all shared in this community during impasse. I recall local businesses with “This business supports Rim Teachers!” signs. I also have friends with children in the district and friends who have pulled their children out of the district. I’ve heard their concerns. I’ll say it again: It’s time to listen, understand, empathize, then ACT.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • Deep Creek Drive-In - Arrowbear Lake
  • Hilltop Pet Supplies - Running Springs

Individuals (11)

  • Kevin Somes - Vice President & General Manager, Snow valley Mountain Resort
  • Bev Brown - Owner, Rim Nordic
  • Bruce Daniels
  • Michael Scullin - Owner, Deer Lick Car Wash
  • Terisa Bonito - VP, Branch Manager, First Foundation Bank
  • Suzie Heisler - Owner, The Cut Above
  • Dr. Brandon Bernstein - Founder/CEO Music Lifeboat, SPC
  • Dixi Willemse - Administrative Assistant, Running Springs Fire Department
  • Sandy Benson - Assistant General Manager, Mountain Transit
  • Michael Lee - Owner, Starlight Photography
  • Raymond Ray - Mountain Reporter

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