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October 9, 2012 > Candidate Greg Bonaccorsi

Candidate Greg Bonaccorsi

For Ohlone Community College District Trustee, Area 2

I am Greg Bonaccorsi and serve as the Chair of the Ohlone Community College District Board of Trustees. I respectfully ask you to re-elect me to a second term on the Board.

State budget cuts and a faltering economy threaten to weaken Ohlone College. As a Trustee, I have been vigilant in making sure our community college sustains a comprehensive program during these uncertain times. Our economy cannot improve without a strong public education system that includes a strong community college. As a life-long Fremont teacher and a product of our public schools, I will continue to be a strong voice on the Ohlone Board.

Ohlone College is our community college. It is there to serve Fremont, Newark and parts of Union City. It is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees to see to it that students graduating from the public high schools in the area, as well as those attending private schools, look to Ohlone College as an institute of higher education that meets their academic needs while doing everything possible to maintain affordability. I have worked with students in Fremont and Union City for nearly 25 years and this experience has taught me to appreciate the potential that Ohlone College can provide to my students as they pursue post-secondary degrees.

We must not forget that our community college can be a gateway to providing students with career and vocational training. In a period of economic uncertainty, the community college must be the choice of those who need to be re-trained so that they can be productive members of our society. Again, Proposition 98 funding, specifically, and education funding, in general, really constrains a Board of Trustees from addressing these vital community needs. I believe my background in working with elected representatives in Sacramento may help in spotlighting these challenges. It is also important that local business entities play a role in making career and vocational training an attractive path to those seeking these objectives. In the meantime, the Board has a duty to see to it that the bond projects and the frontage property are developed on time and on budget so that there is an infrastructure in place to make this work possible.

Lastly, good governance relies on the collective goodwill of all stakeholders to work together to come up with solutions to the difficult problems that will confront the Board of Trustees over the next four years. I view myself as a Trustee who listens, seeks out information and is available to all community members. I understand that my role as a Trustee is to establish policy and not do the work of the college. This is why I have received the support of the Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee and the Business for Good Government, the PAC of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce.

I look forward to being part of the future for Ohlone Community College District. I respectfully ask for your vote. Thank you.

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