Rose leads trio of Newhall candidates

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With incumbents Brian Walters, Isaiah Talley and newcomer Ernesto Smith claiming a seat on the governing board of the Newhall School District after running unopposed, Area No. 2 was the only competitive race occurring in the district Tuesday.

Larry Heath, Donna Rose and Liz Guardado were the three challengers who’ve sought a spot on the Newhall board ever since Christy Smith announced that she’d run for the state’s 38th Assembly District seat.

During the campaign season, each candidate cited their experience in the district as a strength, but it appeared the voters of NSD’s Area No. 2 felt that Rose was the most qualified candidate.

Rose would hold a steady 50 percent of the vote going into Wednesday.

Having worked in the district for nearly a decade, Rose previously said, “I still feel like I know this district very well.”

If elected, Rose said she will look to provide support to the district’s new superintendent, which is something she feels qualified to do after serving as an assistant superintendent in the Santa Paula Unified School District prior to retirement.

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