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Santa Ana, CA Attorney and Santa Ana School Board candidate Bruce Bauer was caught misleading voters on his candidate statement, according to a judge's ruling earlier this week. Bauer claimed in his candidate statement (which is sent to every registered voter in the district in a sample ballot) that he was endorsed by "Santa Ana Teachers." The union that represents Santa teachers, the Santa Ana Educators' Association (SAEA), disagreed with this statement and took this issue to Judge David Chaffee.
"We take any false attempt to use our organization or the names of our teachers very seriously," stated SAEA President Barbara Pearson. "We want to make sure that Santa Ana voters know we have not endorsed Mr. Bauer. We applaud the impartial judge's decision and are happy that the record has been corrected: Mr. Bauer was required to remove the name of our organization from his candidate statement."
The Santa Ana Educators' Association, in a historic agreement with the California School Employees Association, announced its endorsed candidates in a press release on July 29th. The endorsed candidates are: Dr. Alfonso Alvarez, Mark McLoughlin, and Dr. Rigo Rodriguez.
"We conducted a very rigorous endorsement process," Pearson concluded. "We believe that Dr Alvarez, Mr. McLoughlin, and Dr. Rodriguez are the best candidates to represent teachers and students in our district and each candidate fills a specific need on our board. We will continue to stand by our endorsements in this election and encourage voters to trust their teachers. We want the best for students."
SAEA is the exclusive representative of 2,700 teachers and support staff, such as counselors and psychologists, in the Santa Ana Unified School School District. The General Election is November 8th and three seats will be up this year on the board.
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