SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe Public Schools school board member Steven Carrillo announced Tuesday that he is seeking re-election to Position 1 on the school board during the Nov. 5 election.
“We have done amazing and forward-thinking things on our School Board in the last eight years, and I’m extremely proud of the promises that I have kept to the children and the voters of Santa Fe, Carillo said in a news release. “We’ve made our schools safer, increased graduation rates, decreased drop-out rates and so much more. And, with a new governor and education-centric administration, we have great partners in the Roundhouse to accelerate the improvements we have just begun in Santa Fe. We are far from done.”
Carrillo has sometimes been at odds with other board members and district administrators and blasted the state Legislature this year for not putting more money into public schools.
In a news release, he added, “as the longest-serving board member, I hope my experience will be an important complement to the new board members who will be elected this fall for two open seats on the board.”
Carrillo will be defending his seat against Carmen Gonzales, a former K-8 teacher and a university faculty member and administrator who is currently serving in a volunteer position as Mayor Alan Webber’s education advisor.
Two new faces running for school board Position 2 are John Triolo and Sarah Boses, who will be running for the seat being vacated by Maureen Cashmon.
Triolo serves on the board of directors with the Rotary Club of Santa Fe and the governing council for The Masters Program Early College Charter High School, according to online sources.
Boses is an oncology nurse who says in a news release that raising four children, her involvement in PTA, and being married to an educator gives her a deep appreciation for teachers and staff and has helped her recognize the gaps that exist in the educational system.
Incumbent Rudy Garcia, a former legislative liaison for Santa Fe County now serving as a county commissioner, will run unopposed for Position 4 on the school board.
The governing body of Santa Fe Community College will have two contested races.
For Position 3, Ruth H. Howes is running against Jody M. Pugh. Online sources indicate that Howes is an author and former physics professor at Ball State University and chaired the Physics Department at Marquette University before retiring in 2008. Pugh works the Department of Energy, serving as assistant manager for mission assurance and infrastructure at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
For the Position 5 seat, David Dannenberg will run against Piér Quintana. Dannenberg was an executive at Intel Corp. before founding Audible Logic, a software company based in Santa Fe. Quintana serves as assistant director of personal and professional development at St. John’s College in Santa Fe.