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Tuesday November 3, 2020 — California General Election

Paso Robles Joint Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Leonard Washington

Retired Professor
2,663 votes (2.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • advocate for a non-voting community board member in order to better represent the community
  • advocate for innovative program development by providing board incentives including grants
  • advocate for educating students to live in a multicultural society, the society of today and tomorrow



Profession:retired community college professor
adjunct professor, San Jose/Evergreen Community College (1997–2015)
Trustee, Gavilan Joint Community College — Elected position (1996–2006)
Professor, San Jose /Evergreen Community College District (1980–1997)
Instructor, San Jose Community College District (1968–1980)
Instructor, San Jose Unified School District (1965–1968)


University Of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California Masters Of Arts, Counseling Psychology and Guidance (1972)
Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas Bachelor Of Arts, Journalism/English (1955)


I was born in Houston, Texas, the third of nine children of Earl and Emma Washington. My father was a common laborer while my mother, between child care duties, worked as a "short order" cook.  After twelve years of education in the Houston Public School system, I enrolled in Texas Southern University, becoming the first in my family to attend and, ultimately, graduate from college.  Upon, college graduation, I entered the United States Navy where I served two years aboard the USS Shangra-La, a Pacific Coast carrier.  My duties aboard ship included editor of the ship's newspaper and contributing news articles to the Armed Forces Press news organization.

After my navy honorable discharge, I left Houston for San Francisco, bringing along a wife and a newborn daughter.  My wife Sarah had recently graduated from Texas Southern and began teaching immediately in The San Francisco Unified system.  I, on the other hand, did not have a teacher's credential and worked as a newspaper reporter until I obtained my teacher's credential.  At times I thought about returning to Texas, but California proved to be the stronger pull as I  have thrived here.  In addition to teaching, I have owned a rental listing business, a flower shop, and served ten years as a  Gavilan Joint Community  College board member, helpful experiences in understanding fiscal responsibility.  I am in my fifth year living in Paso Robles and have concluded that I have had enough of "do-nothing" retirement.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Becoming a candidate for this office has an important perk involved - its non partisan, it does not require national party affiliation. Education is non partisan; its about teachin and learning in order to create a better world, not a better political party. For the record, I am a democratic party supporter, partly because of my parents, and my personal understanding of national party differences.  But, I never found party differences an issue in teaching, either my English or my Social Science classes.  I taught the subject matter - sentence structure, paragraph development, etc. for my English classes; racial groups, ethnicity, the social process, etc. for my Social Science classes.  Indeed, a board member is not a teacher but rather a financial decision maker whose judgements are about teaching and learning, not political parties.  As a board I intend to govern in the best interest of students, teachers and the community in which I serve.

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