Why did you decide to run for the Coronado School Board and what qualities do you feel you offer the residents of Coronado?
I have been interested in public service for as long as I can remember, and I want to be a champion for the education of all of our Coronado kids, including my three children.
I’ll bring a proven track record of fiscal responsibility, creative problem solving, and excellent communication skills to the school board. I am passionate about education and our children’s futures, but I’m also level-headed, inclusive, and able to work collaboratively to find solutions. If elected, my first priority will be to improve communication and transparency. We live in exceptional times and it is more important than ever to ensure our children, parents, teachers, and community stakeholders understand the district’s intent and plan.
As a military spouse, I have spent these last fifteen years supporting my spouse and the military community. Now as my husband nears retirement from the Navy, we purchased a home in Coronado and are excited to put down roots in the community. We love living here and I am eager to do my part to serve the Coronado community. During these tumultuous times, our city needs leaders that are willing to step up and take on the hard issues. Never one to back down from a challenge, I firmly believe that I am the best candidate for the job.
One of five children, I grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. My father owns an accounting firm and teaches at a local community college. My mother taught pre-kindergarten for over 30 years and was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2016, the first Hispanic woman inductee. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Early Childhood Education and taught pre-kindergarten for a year in Austin, Texas before marrying a Navy pilot and moving to Coronado in 2004. After teaching for another year in the National City school district, I felt a calling to advocate for students, teachers, and the public education system, as an extension of classroom work. In 2005, attended law school at California Western School of Law, where I earned my J.D. and was sworn into the California Bar in 2008. I focused on Child, Family, and Elder law, furthering my conviction to advocate for children and families.
Throughout my legal career, I have strived to help people and serve the community. I ran a non-profit legal clinic that assisted victims of domestic violence, I worked as an immigration attorney, and I currently serve our military veterans as an associate counsel for the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. While stationed in Washington, D.C., I earned an LL.M from the George Washington University Law School and was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. Along the way, I obtained membership into the State Bar of Texas and the Virginia State Bar.
In many ways, I’ve been working all of my life to serve on the Coronado School Board. I know what it’s like to be a teacher in the classroom, I understand the law, and I’m passionate about education. This position isn’t a political stepping-stone or a hobby for me – it’s my dream job.
While I may not have lived in Coronado my whole life, it is where my husband and I have chosen to settle down and raise our family. We lived on the island from 2004-2009, and moved back in the summer of 2018. I am also actively involved in the community: I am the treasurer for the Coronado Band and Choir Boosters, I coached a Coronado T-ball team, I am active in the local tennis scene (even providing match practice for the Coronado Varsity Girls Team), I volunteer in all of my children’s classrooms, and I am serving my second stint as the President of the San Diego Naval Officers Spouses Club.
Lastly, I am the only school board candidate that did not seek a partisan endorsement. I firmly believe that national politics have no place in our public school system and our non-partisan office holders should not accept money and other resources from the local political parties. I have chosen the high road and the hard road, but I am resolute in my convictions. I will tirelessly represent, advocate for, and serve all the children of Coronado, regardless of political beliefs.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you’d like to learn more about me, discuss the issues, donate to my campaign, or get a yard sign, please visit https://vote4alexia.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.