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Alex Izarraraz cites her children, fellow parents as motivation for school board run

'The opinions and concerns of parents need to be heard and considered, not passively dismissed'
Alex Izarraraz
Longtime Livermore resident and mother Alex Izarraraz is vying for a seat on the Livermore school board this fall.

Longtime Livermore resident and mother of two Alex Izarraraz is vying for one of the three open seats on the Livermore school board. 

A political newcomer, Izarraraz's campaign website highlights her desire to be a new voice for parents on the board. 

"Though I may not have much political experience, I am a mom. A mom who has seen her children suffer these past two years, and I am willing to be a voice for change for parents and children," Izarraraz said on her website. "I am running to help make lasting change in our district and bring back the necessary educational standard for a successful future."

In a statement to Livermore Vine, Izarraraz said that she feels she was not heard at school board meetings as a parent. "Who should be heard and respected more than parents regarding their children’s education? Parents are the most concerned about quality education for their children. Their future depends on it! The opinions and concerns of parents need to be heard and considered, not passively dismissed," she said.

Izarraraz is one of six new challengers looking to unseat the three school board incumbents whose terms are expiring this year. 

Board President Craig Bueno, Clerk Emily Prusso and Trustee Anne White are all seeking re-election in hopes of securing another four years on the board. 

The other five newcomers are associate professor Steven Drouin, student and community organizer Hayden Sidun, development director Kristina Mazaika, retired legal businessman John Kupski and doctor and businesswoman Deena Kaplanis. 

In addition to currently having children in LVJUSD, Izarraraz attended Livermore schools herself from elementary through high school.

"My priorities for becoming a Trustee of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District are simple and direct," Izarraraz said. "Goal one is to bridge the gap between parents and the school board, ensuring that all parents, teachers, and students are respectfully heard. Secondly, to refocus the students’ attention on solid academic subjects and return to traditional standards. The ultimate goal is to make our children’s education strong again. Our children deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential and have a successful future. Let us all work together to improve communication and restore community confidence in our educational system."

Izarraraz said on her campaign website that her frustration with the school district was sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic. She said she is a proponent of "parental medical freedom and choice." 

"Families should be allowed to decide what is right for their children in regard to masks and vaccines. Every family should not be forced into decisions that are made by everyday changing science," her website says. 

In addition to raising her children, Izarraraz has served within the community as a caregiver at a dementia/Alzheimer's facility for two years through the pandemic. She is currently attending Grand Canyon University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies. She is also in the process of writing a daily devotional which she said she plans to publish.

"My strongest credential is that I am a responsible parent who desires the best academic education for my children, opening substantial opportunities for their future," she said.

To learn more about Izarraraz and her campaign, visit alex4lvjusd.com




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Cierra Bailey

About the Author: Cierra Bailey

Cierra started as an editorial intern with the Pleasanton Weekly in 2014. After pursuing opportunities in digital and broadcast media and attending graduate school at Syracuse University, she’s back as the editor of the Vine.
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