San Ysidro School Board Member Claims GOP

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Here’s a fun question for ya: how many Republican elected officials do we have in the South Bay, anyway? From our count… not many, and from our knowledge there are no Republicans who sit on the San Ysidro School Board. Perhaps that needs to be rectified in 2012. We digress.

One of the non-reported stories that came out of the previous election cycle was that of a sleepy, little election in the San Ysidro School Board campaign. Yolanda Hernandez, a 16-year incumbent, ran for re-election and claimed — according to her own campaign website — that she had been endorsed by both the AFL-CIO… AND the Republican Party of San Diego County.

Kind of interesting, wouldn’t you think? It’s also more interesting that when you access the 2010 Voter Guide for the Republican Party of San Diego County and notice that NO endorsements were made in the San Ysidro School District.

Why then, if anyone can answer this, would Yolanda Hernandez claim the party endorsement when the party never endorsed? The only notable Republicans who DID endorse her for re-election, however, were County Supervisor Greg Cox, Chula Vista Chief of Police David Bejarano, and Sweetwater Union High School District Board Member Jim Cartmill.

It was brought to our attention that legal counsel from the SDGOP did in fact send Mrs. Hernandez a cease and desist letter asking her to stop claiming the party endorsement. Apparently, she didn’t pay any attention. Her campaign website is still up-and-running, and the “endorsement” from the local GOP is still listed on the site.

The reason we bring all of this up, the scuttlebutt in South County is that she is planning on running for the Sweetwater Union High School District against Bertha Lopez (a fellow Democrat, by the way). Why does that matter? Simple. She’s a Democrat looking to move up the chain of command and could potentially be a threat later on down the road to a Republican candidate for supervisor, assembly, state senate, city council, etc. Judging by her fundraising skills, most of her money would probably come from out-of-state. The largest check she received for her re-election was for $2,500 from a company in San Antonio, TX — that represented 40% of her total contributions for the campaign.

The last thing we need in the South Bay is another disingenuous Democrat.