Cerritos councilmember, Mark Pulido, officially announced his endorsement of ABC School Board candidate, , during a press conference in Cerritos earlier this month. Along with Artesia councilmember, Miguel Canales; ABC Federation of Teachers President (ABCFT), Ray Gaer; and various Cerritos commissioners and committee members, Pulido delivered his official statements as to why he’s lending his support to Johnson’s campaign.
“Know that I am proud to endorse her, and I stand shoulder to shoulder with the people behind me and countless people in this community when we say ‘we want Lynda Johnson on the ABC School Board',” Pulido said.
Pulido left the ABC School Board to join the Cerritos City Council earlier this year, vacating the seat that Lynda Johnson and three other candidates are intensely running for. The candidates also campaigning for the vacated spot are: , Mansour Meisami, and .
During the gathering, Pulido commended Johnson's work as a three-time PTSA President with extensive fundraising and event organizing skills.
“So when it comes to working hard, putting the time and energy into our students and our schools, Lynda Johnson is a great example of what parents can do when they get involved actively in their childrens' education,” Pulido said. "I believe that Lynda Johnson also has the best plan to keep our schools moving in the right direction. She has a collaborative leadership style, working with all stakeholders, so that difficult decisions in these difficult, challenging times can be arrived at.”
Ray Gaer presented Johnson with an endorsement of $2,500 on behalf of the ABCFT, and announced plans to match donations up to $2500, at one of Johnson’s recent fundraisers. Johnson said she was honored to be endorsed by the ABCFT, whose support she earned during an interview in which all candidates were asked questions based on current and relevant issues in the district.
“As a former student of ABC, I was taught by the teachers in this district,” Johnson said. “As a parent, I worked as a classroom volunteer with the same teachers in this district."
Since the beginning of Johnson’s campaign, she has called it “our campaign,” referring to the many supporters and core team members helping her in this race. Johnson said her focus is on “our race” rather than the campaigns of her opponents.
“How the other candidates run their campaigns, I’m not too concerned about,” Johnson said. “I also am going out into the community to listen to what the concerns are of parents and to listen to the concerns of teachers as well. We’re running a winning campaign. It’s going to move fast. We’re working fast.”
For more information on Lynda Johnson's campaign, visit her website.