By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Devorah Fox, left, and Ramona Irwin, right
October 31, 2016 (El Cajon)—East County Magazine invited all five candidates running for the Cajon Valley Union School District to be interviewed on our radio show. Two responded. Hear our interview with Ramona Irwin and Devorah Fox by clicking the orange audio link, and scroll down for more information about the candidates.
Fox has a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. She has taught middle school and high school in Los Angeles before moving to San Diego’s East County. She also teaches Sunday school and volunteers at church to help refugees. She is endorsed by the county Democratic Party.
“I want our local school system to be a place that best serves our children, providing an excellent education and opportunities for developing the whole person,” Fox states on her website, adding that the school district should also also serves as a resource to families and the community. “The most important thing I can bring to you is an open line and an open mind that will hear your concerns and share your ideas as to how Cajon Valley Union can best serve you and your family.” View her website: https://votefoxblog.wordpress.com/
Irwin has worked as a realtor, volunteered in her son’s school, and is currently a student at San Diego State University working toward a degree in clinical psychology. Politically progressive, she served as a national delegate for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and has backing of progressives.
“Our diversity is our strength,” she states on her website, noting that the Cajon Valley District has grown increasingly diverse “ To give our children the gift of embracing diversity, of being tolerant and respectful of others, we are giving them the gift of being successful in the future,” she says. View herwebsite: http://ramonairwin.com/
The other three candidates in the race are Jim Miller, Karen Clark-Mejia, and George Michael.
Clark-Mejia, an educator, and Miller, a business owner/attorney and parent, are endorsed by the Republican Party. Michael is a retired teacher who did not provide a ballot statement.
Clark-Mejia is also endorsed by the conservative pro-business Lincoln Club, which revoked its endorsement of Miller during his candidacy for Superior Court Judge in 2014 due to false information that he provided during the pre-endorsement interview,failing to disclose that he had been removed as a judge pro tem for cause.