Candidate raises over $14,000 through June.
Joe Messina, local businessman and longtime education advocate will be running for a seat on the William S. Hart District Governing Board.
Vowing to keep a new high school in Castaic as a top priority, Messina says the Board could do more to streamline the much anticipated project.
“Securing a site for a new high school in Castaic should be the No. 1 facility priority for the Hart District,” Messina said. “The Hart District should pursue two potential sites concurrently to expedite the site selection — and, the Castaic and Val Verde communities must be involved in this process to ensure community concerns are taken into account.”
College preparation is also an aspect that Messina believes could be improved.
“Hart District schools have a great reputation, and in many ways it is deserved,” he said. “However, an alarming percentage of Hart District graduates who attend College of the Canyons have to take remedial math and English courses because they score poorly on entrance exams. We can do better.”
And look for transparency to be a key aspect of Messina’s message.
“If we make good decisions, put them out there and let people know what we are doing,” he said. “If we make poor decisions, let people know what’s going on and how we are correcting those issues,” he said.
So far, the Messina campaign is off to a running start; as of the June 30 campaign finance reporting period he had raised $14,625 from more than 70 donors.
Messina is no stranger to running for the Hart governing board; his previous two bids have come up just short of victory. Facing incumbents Steve Sturgeon and Gloria Mercado-Fortine in 2007, Messina managed to grab 6,393 votes, 789 shy of Sturgeon and 1,112 fewer than Mercado-Fortine.
This November’s election should prove to be hotly contested. Dennis King and Patricia Hanrion, both incumbents, have chosen not to seek re-election. Paul Strickland will seek re-election. Other candidates include Newhall School District members Bob Jensen and Suzan Soloman.
Additional information about Joe Messina’s campaign for the Hart District Governing Board is available at www.joe4hart.com.