Union backs candidate in Newhall district race

Liz Guardado is running to represent Area No. 2 of the Newhall School District. Born and raised in Santa Clarita, Guardado attended Newhall and Old Orchard elementary schools before graduating from the Hart District. (Courtesy: Liz Guardado)
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The Newhall Educational Support Professionals, a union comprised of classified staff in the Newhall School District, announced the endorsement of a school board candidate running in Area No. 2 — the only contested race in the district this year.

The union has chosen to support candidate Liz Guardado, the union’s co-chair Mayra Cuellar said, adding that Guardado will be a true advocate for all students and employees.

Students are her No. 1 priority, but she seems well-rounded and hit all areas,” Cuellar said. As a parent in the district, she wants the Newhall School District to thrive as a whole and she understands how the board’s decisions affect (everyone).”

Union members said they appreciated that Guardado has gone to tour district facilities, school sites and talked to different Parent Teacher Organization groups.

“Time allowing, Guardado is present at most district events, regardless if her children are involved or not,” co-chair Dee-Dee Jensen said in a union letter. “This hands-on approach allows her to stay in tune and well informed about the impact that governing board decisions have on our students, school, teachers and employees.”

Despite having her own business and a banking background, Cuellar said, “We don’t see her as somebody who only has the business side of it. She’s very engaged, hands-on and approachable. With Liz, it’s we have to find a way to make it work, not we’ll see if the budget can support it.’”

The union believes that Guardado will ensure every child has the chance to maximize their potential, which is why the group is urging Area No. 2 to cast their vote on Nov. 6, Cuellar said.

“I want to sincerely thank the Newhall Educational Support Professionals,” Guardado said. “I am honored to have gained their trust and support. If elected, I look forward to partnering with them to give our students the educational experience they deserve.“

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