The following was submitted by Mary Rocha, candidate for Antioch Unified School District Board of Trustees. With over 44 years of public service experience, Rocha had served 16-years on the Antioch School Board before holding office on the Antioch City Council and becoming Mayor.
While education is my platform – it is also my passion. I’m driven by my admiration for students and their families. I’ve raised three children in Antioch. They all attended Antioch Unified District schools. And, now, my grandchildren are following in their successful footsteps. I want the same for your children.
That’s why I’m running for Antioch School Board, which is at a crossroads because of decisions made by some of the current trustees. Our students can’t afford any more missteps. I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role – from balancing budgets, which is crucial to our students’ needs, to providing and maintaining vital resources for our schools.
As the current AUSD Personnel Commissioner, I understand how public-school funding can support underserved students.
I have the background to restore civil leadership, so community officials can work together regardless of political differences. It’s important to keep students and families at the forefront of decisions.
Said Allan Cantando about Mrs. Rocha: “As a retired police chief, I have seen Mary support our youth and families in our communities. This election is critical, and we need a proven leader like Mary to be a champion for our children.”
I’ve served Antioch as Mayor, Councilmember, School Board Trustee and Child Advocate. With the deep wealth of experience from all those roles, I will focus on Safety, Budgets and Student Programs. I will continue to be transparent in my work for our district and be available to all those connected to our schools.
Mary Rocha, Antioch School Board candidate