For years, Paul da
Silva, a biology teacher at the College of Marin and a member
of United Professors
of Marin, Local 1610, wondered about the lack of teachers on
the college’s Board of Trustees and tried to talk retiring
professors into running. No one took him up on it.
So when he decided in the summer of 2019 that he would retire, he
concluded, to paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi, he’d have to be the
candidate he wished to see in the world.
Jeanie Wallace had considered running for office before. As a union rep for the Morgan Hill Federation of Teachers and the chair of the local Democratic Party Central Committee, she knew how hard it could be to find candidates for the school board. But she thought she was too busy, and planned to do it when she retired.
Nichols served three terms on the board of the Pajaro Valley
Unified School District while she was a teacher in neighboring
Santa Cruz. She moved out of the Pajaro district in 2012 and into
Santa Cruz County, where she ran for the County Board of
Education in her fourth winning election bid.