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Black out: Prospective candidate elaborates on exiting SRVUSD Area 5 race

Move means incumbent Hurd is unopposed

Micah Black, a Danville parent who previously announced plans to run for school board in the San Ramon Valley for the first time this fall, withdrew her candidacy last week in an abrupt end to her campaign just before the deadline to qualify for the ballot.

Micah Black, former candidate for SRVUSD Area 5. (Contributed photo)

"Right now, raising young children, my time outside of caring for them is limited," Black told DanvilleSanRamon. "There is a lot that needs change in the school district and I am afraid the time it would take to tackle those issues would take too much away from my family."

Black has been an open critic of the sitting SRVUSD board members at their public meetings, and campaigned publicly on a platform that promised to bring change to what she sees as existing issues in the district. The prospective candidate pulled nomination papers and promoted a campaign website, but ultimately opted not to file by last Friday's deadline.

"School is not a place where the values at home are undermined and sensitive topics are taught to children without explicit permission from the parents," Black said on her campaign page. "The success of our children in school is a partnership established by open communication, transparency, understanding and trust."

Despite withdrawing this year, Black said she didn't plan for this to be her last campaign.

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"I do expect I will run for a position again at some point in the future," Black said.

With Black's withdrawal, sitting Board Member Rachel Hurd is now the only qualified candidate for the Area 5 seat, which represents southeastern San Ramon and most of Blackhawk and Camino Tassajara.

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Black out: Prospective candidate elaborates on exiting SRVUSD Area 5 race

Move means incumbent Hurd is unopposed

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Tue, Aug 16, 2022, 9:47 pm

Micah Black, a Danville parent who previously announced plans to run for school board in the San Ramon Valley for the first time this fall, withdrew her candidacy last week in an abrupt end to her campaign just before the deadline to qualify for the ballot.

"Right now, raising young children, my time outside of caring for them is limited," Black told DanvilleSanRamon. "There is a lot that needs change in the school district and I am afraid the time it would take to tackle those issues would take too much away from my family."

Black has been an open critic of the sitting SRVUSD board members at their public meetings, and campaigned publicly on a platform that promised to bring change to what she sees as existing issues in the district. The prospective candidate pulled nomination papers and promoted a campaign website, but ultimately opted not to file by last Friday's deadline.

"School is not a place where the values at home are undermined and sensitive topics are taught to children without explicit permission from the parents," Black said on her campaign page. "The success of our children in school is a partnership established by open communication, transparency, understanding and trust."

Despite withdrawing this year, Black said she didn't plan for this to be her last campaign.

"I do expect I will run for a position again at some point in the future," Black said.

With Black's withdrawal, sitting Board Member Rachel Hurd is now the only qualified candidate for the Area 5 seat, which represents southeastern San Ramon and most of Blackhawk and Camino Tassajara.

Comments

H
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San Ramon Valley High School
on Aug 17, 2022 at 6:37 am
H, San Ramon Valley High School
Registered user
on Aug 17, 2022 at 6:37 am

Could the low class attacks from local teacher union President Laura Finco be part of the issue here? Ms. Finco has been publicly posting about where candidates' young children go to school and their grades!! I know these type of attacks against children are not representative of the great teachers in this area and I hope there is enough pushback from teacher union membership against Ms. Finco's ugly attacks against local parents and their children to force Ms. Finco to apologize and to put an end to it permanently . Shame on the SRVEA for promoting this type of shameless attacks - let's see if the voting members of SRVEA allow this horrible bullying language from their leadership to publicly represent them ... one would hope not.


Jennifer
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Danville
on Aug 18, 2022 at 11:54 pm
Jennifer, Danville
Registered user
on Aug 18, 2022 at 11:54 pm

She's raising young children and putting her kids first. Good for her.


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