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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Rincon Valley Union School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Dave Traver

6,493 votes (17%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Help the RVUSD School Board reconnect to the grassroots of our community
  • Ensure fiscal responsibility with due-diligence that includes meaningful community input.
  • Recruit and hire a new Superintendent who will promote and implement the Board's vision for the District



Profession:Parent, education advocate
Mentor to a student, Mentor Me — Appointed position (2016–current)
Docent Council Member, Bouverie Preserve - Glen Ellen CA — Appointed position (2017–current)
Art Docent, Rincon Valley Union School District - Art Docent Program — Appointed position (2016–current)
Docent, Bouverie Preserve - Glen Ellen CA — Appointed position (2016–current)
Board Member - Board President, Alice Baker Public Library — Appointed position (2010–2014)


University of Wisconsin Law School Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.) (1992)
University of Wisconsin - Stout Master of Science (M.S.), Education, vocational rehabilitation (1983)
University of Wisconsin - Stout Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Education, vocational rehabilitation (1981)

Community Activities

Parents' Club President, Austin Creek Parents' Club (2017–current)
Parent Volunteer, Austin Creek Parents Club (2014–current)
Docent - Bouverie Preserve, Bouverie Preserve - Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) (2016–current)
Docent Council Member, Bouverie Preserve - Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) (2017–current)
Mentor to a primary student, Mentor Me Program - Petaluma (2016–current)


My background:

  • Daughters in 6th and 7th grades in the District
  • President, Austin Creek Parents' Club
  • Law Degree; Master's and Bachelor's in education (Vocational Rehabilitation)
  • Advocate for people with disabilities for over 25 years
  • Docent at the Bouverie Preserve
  • Certified UC California Naturalist

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Rincon Valley Union School Teachers Association (RVUTA)
  • The Latino PAC of Sonoma County

Organizations (2)

  • The Latino PAC of Sonoma County
  • Rincon Valley Union Teachers’ Association (RVUTA)

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Almost every organization, political, social, faith-based, public, or private, is born as a grassroots idea responding to a clear need. The grassroots founders know each other, and their communities. They are issue-focused, community-powered, and driven by their kind respect for each other.

As any organization ages and grows, it changes. The founders get old and move on. The organization takes on a life of its own, with a board, bylaws, rules, and money. Old organizations, such as school boards, often lose deep meaningful relationships with their grassroots.

There are two kinds of political power in civil society. The first is money, the second is people. Getting money is always easier than getting people, especially when the organization has the power to tax. Restoring the lost links to the grassroots is much more difficult.

I am dedicated to working with neighborhood groups, faith-based organizations, unions, and you, to restore grassroots power to your School Board.

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As adults, our children will be competing in a 21st Century world economy. Will they be ready? What must we do to ensure their success? How can we best help our teachers and administrators?  Your involvemnet in our School District is essential to informed School Board decisions.

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