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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Vista Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 2

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Debbie Morton

Parent/Retired Teacher
4,786 votes (45.4%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Safety First, Ensure there is a safety plan for all schools and all students are safe.
  • Prioritize Social/Emotional Well Being, Protect the well-being of all students. Bring back more noon duty aides, add additional support staff, more counselors, and nurses at every site, everyday.
  • Improve Curriculum, A rich curriculum will ensure that children have the opportunities to expand their learning and development.



Profession:Parent/Retired Teacher
Elementary School Teacher, Vista Unified School District (1993–2017)


National University Master of Arts, instructional leadership (1996)
National University Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, authorizes the holder to teach all subjects in a self-contained classroom (1993)
National University Bachelor of Arts, interdisciplinary studies (1992)



Debbie recently retired from teaching in a VUSD school after 24 years of service. She and her husband are parents to four VUSD-educated daughters, two of whom currently attend VUSD schools. Four of Debbie’s seven grandchildren also attend VUSD schools. She is actively involved in her children’s and grandchildren’s education and overall lives.  As a long-time teacher, she knows first-hand what is going on in the classroom and what needs to be fixed or changed. She understands how the district operates and how the budget works. The students and parents of VUSD need Debbie as their voice. She will ensure that they are heard.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Fiscally responsible: I understand that financial solvency is a long-game and will ensure that the district be held accountable for all moneys. Good steward of taxpayers' dollars: I seek to squeeze value out of every penny and will ensure no funds are wasted on needless items. Transparent: I prize communication that is up-front, straightforward and high-minded, now and always. I also know that when something is confidential, it must stay that way. Traditional, yet innovative: I believe in returning to what works -- reading, writing and arithmetic -- but I also value modern advances in education if they are proven to work. Inclusive: I champion parents' rights to participate in and direct their children's education from day one. 

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