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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Sonoma Valley Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Gary Desmet

7,162 votes (43.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Preschool for all
  • Third grade literacy
  • College and career ready graduates



Stanford University Master's, Education (1974)


From the Sonoma Index Tribune, September 29, 2016

DeSmet grew up in the Santa Clara Valley and attended public schools. His parents were both public school teachers and his grandfather sat on the Coyote Valley School Board. He earned degrees from Stanford including a master's in education. He and his wife Vicki are long-time residents of Sonoma and their three children are graduates of Sonoma Valley High School. DeSmet was a teacher in Sonoma Valley public schools for 17 years. He is the only board member who has been a teacher, having taught in elementary, middle school and high school classrooms. 

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  • Sonoma Index Tribune
  • Valley of the Moon Teacher's Association
  • California School Employees Association, Sonoma Chapter

Individuals (1)

  • Kathy Witowicki

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