Board of trustees election to take place
Ashley Marie Patterson, Staff Writer
November 7, 2011
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Members of the EC board of trustees are preparing for the election that will take place on Nov. 8.
The candidates are: William Beverly, governing board member and trustee of Area Three; Mary E. Combs, trustee of Area Two; and Kenneth Brown, trustee of Area One, and Wendy Doeh, a registered nurse from the Los Angeles area.
The board of trustees district is divided into five areas.
“The districts are divided according to the five high school districts as they existed when EC was built,” Beverly said. “Three of these areas are up for re-election.”
Beverly said the way of the districts that were built almost 50 years ago, are not valid anymore due to unequal representations.
For example, Torrance has a population of 150,000 with only one representative, in comparison to the 25,000 population of El Segundo with also one representative, Beverly said.
Beverly said he hopes to serve one more term so that he can address this problem of redistricting and solve it quickly.
Beverly also said that he wants to make sure that before he finishes his final term, that Compton Center has solid accreditation and becomes an independent district.
Brown, who represents the Inglewood and Ladera Heights district, said he also is looking forward to serving more terms on the board of trustees.
“I really want to change the atmosphere,” he said. “It has seemed to turn into such a sour atmosphere between the faculty and the administration because of the contract disputes. Once everything is finalized, I think there will be a healing time that we all need to get everything back on track.”
Combs and Brown are running uncontested, while Beverly is running against Doeh.
Doeh was not available for comment.
“I know that if I were not on the board, I would still place my vote for (Beverly),” Brown said. “He has been a student advocate. I am not concerned. If I see those two people on paper, I know for sure my vote is for him.”