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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Windsor Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member4 Year Full Term

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George R. Valenzuela

7,119 votes (42%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • College and Career Readiness
  • Safe and Drug Free Schools
  • Improved test scores for all students, regardless of their socio-economic status.



Profession:Incumbent; Educator; Attorney
Vice Principal, Calistoga Joint Union School District (2016–current)
Self Employed, Law Office of George R. Valenzuela (2014–current)
Deputy County Counsel, County of Mendocino (2014–2016)
School Attorney, Santa Rosa City Schools (2003–2013)
Senior Counsel, Lozano Smith (2013–2013)


California School Board's Association Masters in Governance (2014)
Sonoma State University Administrative Credential (2004)
Empire College School of Law Juris Doctorate (1998)
University of California, Berkeley Bachelor of Arts (1989)

Community Activities

Lifetime Member, WHS Boosters (2009–current)
Basketball Coach, OLG- Catholic Youth Organization (2010–2016)
Member, Santa Rosa Mayors Gang Prevention Task Force (2003–2013)
Soccer Coach, Windsor Youth Soccer (2006–2012)
Baseball Coach, Windsor Youth Baseball (2006–2012)


George R. Valenzuela is a champion for students, as is evident with his 20 years of work in the field of education as a teacher, school administrator, school attorney and board member.

George is a father of three sons; one graduated from WHS ('13) and is a student at UC Berkeley, one is at WHS, and the youngest is at Cali Calmecac Language Academy.

George believes in the board's transparency and accountability to the Windsor Community.

George was elected to the Board in 2008 and is seeking re-election in November 2016.

George is a graduate of:  UC Berkeley (B.A.); Empire College School of Law (J.D.); Sonoma State University (Administrative Credential); and a Masters in Governance (California School Board's Association).

George is endorsed by the Sonoma County Democratic Party, Santa Rosa Democratic Party; Sonoma County Latino Democratic Party;  Sandy Dobbins (WUSD Trustee); Esther Lemus (WUSD Trustee); Billy Forrest (Former WUSD Trustee); Katy Dillwood (Former WUSD Trustee); Oscar Chavez (Former WUSD Trustee); Deb Fudge (Vice Mayor-Town of Windsor); Bruce Okrepkie (Councilmember-Windsor Town Council); and countless others.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • WDEA: Windsor District Educators Association
  • Greg Espinoza, Assistant Superintendent (Ret.)
  • Joe Mariani, School Administrator (Ret.)

Elected Officials (6)

  • Sandy Dobbins, WUSD Trustee
  • Esther Lemus, WUSD Trustee
  • Herman G. Hernandez, Sonoma County Board of Education, Trustee
  • Deb Fudge, Vice Mayor, Windsor Town Council
  • EfrenCarrillo, President, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
  • Bruce Okrepkie, Councilmember, Windsor Town Council

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from George R. Valenzuela:

As a school board member we welcome public input via email, at board meetings or in person.  We have the LCAP committee that meets and has various stakeholders involved.  Please join the LCAP committee if you have time.  If not, send emails or attend Board meetings to inform the Board as to how you want local funds (local control funding formula-LCFF) spent here in Windsor.  I am very open to concerns and issues that are facing Windsor residents.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a school board member, I have a constituency of Windsor voters which includes parents and community members.  There are some high school students that are allowed to vote, as they would be seniors in high school and have attained the age of 18.  A school board member is a non-partisian advocate for parents and students.  The parents and students are not represented by anyone, but for a school board member.


I believe in transparancy and the need to be available to all segments of the Windsor Community that is advocating for safe drug-free and academically empowered programs at our sites.

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