ALCO Board of Ed race has a Hayward school board flavor; Three seek to replace long-time Superior Court judge

Hayward school trustee Luis Reynoso has served on the school board since 2008.

The retirement of long-time Hayward-area Trustee Fred Sims from the county board of education opens up a three-person race that includes two candidates with ties to the Hayward school board.

Lisa Brunner, who served on the Hayward school board until she lost re-election last year, joins current Hayward school board member Luis Reynoso, and educator Janevette Cole.

Reynoso, an often controversial figure on the Hayward school board, has served since 2008. If he fails to advance to a fall runoff, he could seek re-election to his school board seat next November for a fourth term.

Two Alameda County Board of Education seats will be contested in March. Board Trustee Amber Childress is seeking re-election to the Alameda Area 2 seat that also includes a portion of Oakland.

Childress’ surprise victory in 2016 against incumbent Marlon McWilson was one of the biggest upsets of the local election year. She is being challenged by special education teacher Angela Normand.

Incumbents Ken Berrick, who represents Piedmont and a portion of Oakland; and Eileen McDonald, who represents Newark and Fremont; did not attract challengers. Their offices will not appear on the March ballot.

Thirty-one Alameda County Superior Court judges are up for re-election, but just race will appear on the ballot. Three candidates will vie to replace Alameda County Superior Court Court Carol Brosnahan, who is retiring from the bench after 40 years. Trial attorney Elena Fondes, civil rights attorney Mark Fickes, and administrative law judge Lilla Szelenyi qualified for the ballot.