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.