I expected Ash Givargis do much better. He ran an energetic campaign. He had many signs in Simi Valley, he was waving signs , and he had the support of many Republican Party officials. His ballot designation listed him as a "businessman" when it appears his real occupation is working in the prison system. Both can be admirable jobs so I do not understand the reasoning in choosing to not mention his work more.
His opponent, Bernardo Perez started campaigning much later. Bernardo Perez had a few signs and was included on a few slate mailers, including the official Democratic Party slate sent to Democratic households. I was surprised that he did not run much of a campaign.
When the Republican Party appeared to be making this into a partisan race I spoke with Bernardo Perez. I was surprised he was not doing more. Obviously Bernardo Perez knew better than me what he needed to do.
He was supported by many Republican Party elected officials and activists. Look at this impressive list:
Ash Givargis ran a great campaign. I am glad there are people like him to challenge incumbents and to make them explain themselves to voters. The most important issue that our community college board needs to confront is keeping their accreditation. I am glad Ash Givargis made this an issue.
Good luck to Bernardo Perez is dealing with the board member that is threatening the accreditation of our Community Colleges.