Teachers give stamp to school candidates

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos school board hopefuls Jay Petrek and Randy Walton were endorsed by the San Marcos Educators Association last week. Petrek is a city planner for Escondido who served on the board from 2002 to 2004. Walton is a personal injury attorney. Both served on the San Marcos Ridgeline Task Force.
Association President Michael DeVries said the choice was an easy one. Two weeks ago, his staff sent out letters to all four candidates inviting them to interview for endorsement. Only Petrek and Walton responded. DeVries said the two had very impressive interviews, and the association decided to endorse them both.
“We feel pretty good about the direction they would take our district,” DeVries said.
In all, four candidates will be competing for three seats. In addition to the two endorsees, the race includes former Chula Vista Principal Carlos Ulloa and incumbent David Horacek. DeVries noted that Horacek has been fairly vocal with his anti-union rhetoric, so it is unlikely he would have gotten the endorsement had he wanted it.
Walton and Petrek were both pleased with the endorsement.
“I’m just really excited,” Petrek said. “I’ve been pretty active in the community, love San Marcos and I’ve always worked well with teachers.”
“San Marcos has a great bunch of teachers and I’ve witnessed firsthand over the last few years their dedication and their confidence, and I’m honored to have their support,” Walton said.
The association’s members will offer active support by sending out mailers this week and holding street signs throughout San Marcos, DeVries said. This is sure to help the candidates who have been busy stumping about town and placing signs and door hangers.
“I’m not taking chances this year,” Petrek said. “I’m getting out there in the community more.”

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