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Latino Times Bilingual Publication and Newspaper 

"Latino Times is honored to submit this endorsement for Debbie Ramirez. She is a dedicated community member to understanding the educational needs of all West Sonoma County students, and especially the Latinx students. We are proud to submit this endorsement on her behalf."



Click HERE to see an abbreviated list of endorsements in alphabetical order

Title & affiliation are noted for identification purposes only

Elected and Appointed Officials

Debbie Ramirez has been actively involved in school issues for well over a decade and has proven herself to be a passionate and well-informed advocate for our 5th District children and the educational system. — Lynda Hopkins
Sonoma County 5th District Supervisor
Debbie brings passion, intelligence, and experience to this important position. We need her insights and leadership to help us meet our district’s challenges. — Lewis Buchner
Incoming Area 5 Trustee, West Sonoma County Union High School District
Serving alongside Debbie for 9 years on the SUSD Board, I witnessed firsthand how Debbie’s dedication to serving as a trustee and commitment to the community through understanding the issues, asking pertinent questions, and respecting and listening to all stakeholders made her an excellent Trustee. During tight budgets, conflicting educational priorities and declining enrollment, Debbie combined her knowledge and natural optimism to find innovative solutions, operated with complete integrity, and always kept her focus on working towards what’s best for students now and into the future. I wholeheartedly recommend Debbie Ramirez for the WSCUHSD Board of Trustees.   — Deborah Drehmel
Board President, Sebastopol Union School District
Debbie is a dedicated, smart and morally driven community advocate with a wealth of knowledge to share in regards to school governance and equity in education. Any organization would be lucky to have her. She is an asset to anything she puts her attention to. — Angie Lewis
Trustee, West Sonoma County Union High School District
Debbie has a great understanding and perspective on the public education system. California needs more knowledgeable school board members like her! — Cinnamon O'Neill Paula
Board President, Southern Humboldt Joint Unified School District
Herman G. Hernandez
Area 5 Trustee, Sonoma County Office of Education School Board
Cathie Anderson
Former Board President, Camp Meeker Rec and Park & Retired, Food Service Harmony Union School District
Max Broome
Trustee, Forestville Union School District
LyndseyRose Burcina
Currently serving as Commissioner on the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights
Shawn Chernila
Incoming Area 1 Trustee, West Sonoma County Union High School District
Steve Griffith
Director, Forestville Water District
Joe Pogar
Trustee, Sebastopol Union School District
Elizabeth Smith
Trustee, Sebastopol Union School District
Alison Trujillo
Board President, Fort Ross Elementary School District

Former Elected Officals

Renata Brillinger
Former Trustee, Sebastopol Union School District
Jeanne Broome
Former Student Board Member, West Sonoma County Union High School District
Kimberly Lambert
Retired Guerneville School Board Member
Josh Nultemeier
Former Trustee, Forestville Union Elementary School District
Matt O’Donnell
Former Trustee, Oak Grove Union School District
Dylan Peña Perez
Former Student Board Member, West Sonoma County Union High School District
Steve Schwartz
Former Trustee, Gravenstein Union School District
Mac Thompson
Former Trustee, Sebastopol Union School District

Education Professionals

While Debbie served as a trustee on the Sebastopol Union School District board, our schools were facing many challenges including difficult negotiations, district reconfiguration, hard financial decisions, and major facilities projects. Debbie always had insightful questions and looked at each challenge from all sides. Her decision making is thoughtful and inclusive, based on available data, and she is sensitive to stakeholder engagement. — Linda Irving
Superintendent, Sebastopol Union School District
Debbie has a reputation throughout West Sonoma County as an informed and dedicated leader.  She has a proven track record as a board member and will be a strong fiscal manager and advocate for equity and success for all students.  She has my full support. — Amie Carter, Ed.D
Marin County Assistant Superintendent of Education Services
Debbie has put so much energy into understanding our district that she is primed to improve our schools for students. — John Grech
Teacher, West Sonoma County Union High School District

I am proud to support Debbie Ramirez for the West Sonoma County Union High School board. As a candidate with a history of serving as an effective school board member, Debbie is a candidate who has proven to be an advocate for all students. Her experience and track record are admirable.

Debbie served as a dedicated and respected trustee for the Sebastopol Union School Board for nine years. During that time, she did whatever possible to ensure equity and provide enriched learning for students, while maintaining respect and consideration for all levels of school staff. She fostered the inclusion of parents and families, as well as partnerships with community groups. She demonstrated fair and rational thinking and the ability to utilize critical analysis in crucial decision-making processes.

Debbie’s deep roots in the local community, her experience as a WSCUHS parent, her global thinking, and her ability to work collaboratively with various individuals and groups fortify her skills in working to create vital learning programs, safe campuses, and success for students. Her familiarity with district governance, fiscal operations and sound ethical practices, coupled with her experience as a recent Analy High School Site Council member, make her an excellent candidate.

Debbie Ramirez is well qualified to serve as a WSCUHS board member. She will step into the position ready to serve and make positive contributions to help the District thrive and grow a tradition of excellence. Please join me in supporting Debbie for this position.

— Debbie Hanks, M.Ed.
Former Sebastopol Union School District Principal-Assistant Superintendent
Debbie has the expertise and passion for this position. She holds equity at the forefront of her decisions and will work for students from all of the former West County High School campuses. — Daniela Kingwill
Instructor, SRJC/ Analy alum
Debbie has the experience, expertise, and commitment that our West Sonoma County Union High School District School Board needs to serve our students and our community. — Beth Ann Turner
Lecturer, Sonoma State University
Angela Cloud
Sunny Galbraith
Teacher, Twin Hills School District
Wyndham Galbraith
Math Instructor, Sonoma State & SRJC
Leslie Grassl
Teacher, West Sonoma County Union High School District
Melissa Hall
Teacher, Sebastopol Union School District
Kimberly Hoch
Aftercare Coordinator, Sebastopol Independent Charter School
Melina Izzarelli
Teacher, Sebastopol Union School District
Jeanna King-Ruppel
Restorative Response Specialist, Santa Rosa City Schools
Corey Lott
Educational Consultant / Credentialed Teacher
Lana McNamara
Special Education Teacher, Santa Rosa City Schools
Karen Merkley
Instructional Aide, Wright Elementary School District
Heidi Pedrazzetti
Counselor / Department Chair, Santa Rosa City Schools
Terence Rodgers
Teacher, Sebastopol Union School District
Mary Beth Smith
Teacher, West Sonoma County Union High School District
Chris Topham
Executive Director, Sebastopol Independent Charter School

Retired Education Professionals

I strongly back Debbie Ramirez for the West Sonoma County High School District school board. She has had advocacy for our students as a priority as long as I’ve known her. She understands the intricacies of working in this political environment while keeping the students' best interest at heart. She will do what’s right for our students and teachers. I’m so glad she is running!  — Aphrodite Bellochio
Retired Teacher / Director, Childkind Preschool
I’ve known Debbie for sixteen years and I admire her passion, work ethic and interest in education. She is perfectly qualified for this position.   — Franny Minervini-Zick
Founder of Tree House Hollow Preschool
Joanie Blechel
Retired Forestville School Teacher
Elaine Covell
Retired Teacher, Sebastopol Union School District
Mike McBride
Retired Teacher & Principal, Sebastopol Union School District
Bill Olzman
Retired Teacher, West Sonoma County Union High School District and Former President, West Sonoma County Teachers' Association
Jane Urmini
Retired Teacher, Sebastopol Union School District

Community Members

Debbie is made for this role! She knows how to listen and act from a place of knowledge, fairness, and creativity. She grounds her vision and forward-thinking in reality and facts. Debbie has my vote and complete support. — Rachel Averbuck
I have known Debbie since our children were in kindergarten together. She has always shown her support, attention, and care for our Sebastopol schools, and most importantly, the children who attend them. Debbie has put in countless hours of hard work for our community. Debbie has always been able to explain all the the challenges, issues, and decisions that involve our town & our schools! She makes it a point to understand all sides clearly. I highly recommend her for the school board position, and support her candidacy 100%. I personally feel better knowing a parent with her sense of responsibility, understanding & hard work will be serving our community at our local high school. I have lived in Sebastopl for 22 years and have had three children move through our schools, therefore I have a clear idea of the challenges the district faces. I am very grateful Debbie has decided to run for this position. — Lisa Barkman
Ever since meeting Debbie a dozen years ago and seeing her on an almost daily basis for a large chunk of that, public education has been a high priority for her -- not just with talk but involvement and action. I was about to reach out and ask if she might be interested in running for this position only to discover she already was. Please come out and vote for Debbie Ramirez this fall -- her experience with and knowledge of the many critical factors affecting our local school will be a great asset to all who call West Sonoma County home. — Scott Barkman
Debbie has been a stalwart defender of education for all of west county. She has been an active participant in the community, and shown her competence in understanding both the system and the needs of the communities around her. After many conversations over the last year with Debbie I feel confident she will seek the best possible solutions for our students. — Damian Boune
I have volunteered with Debbie on education issues, attended meetings with her, and listened to her speak and testify. Her knowledge deep into the details of education policy and administration budgets impresses me. Add her experience as a board trustee, her dedication to students and our community, all make me feel 100% confident that she has the ability to serve our educational system. Debbie is fair, articulate, responsible, and grounded. She has my support and vote. — Vesta Copestakes
Retired Founder, Sonoma County Gazette
Debbie is absolutely committed to the betterment of the students and cares about what the entire community wants and our needs. I think she will do a great job and be fair and non judgmental. I am excited and hopeful for Debbie to become a board member. Her dedication precedes her. — Terra Del Drago
I have great respect for Debbie's thoughtful leadership and problem solving skills. She is a remarkable candidate for this role! — Katharine Gabor
Former President, Sebastopol Educational Foundation
I have known Debbie for over ten years due to her son being in my class. Whether it was when we were 7 or, now, 17-18 she was always willing to lend an ear and hear us out on anything and everything. I believe without any doubt that Debbie will strive in this position, taking into consideration not only the voices of West County voters, but also the voices of students, making sure not one of us goes unheard. — Meghan Hartsock
Student at Analy High School
I fully endorse Debbie for this position. She has the knowledge, experience, commitment and passion that this board needs. — Diane Hughes
I highly recommended Debbie, she really cares about what truly matters! — Justin Lewis
Debbie is an outstanding candidate for At-Large Trustee. Over 12 years and more, I have witnessed Debbie single-parent two boys and continuously exhibit commitment and interest in their educational opportunities as well as all students' education. Because Debbie maintains a calm caring and clear-headed mind, she is able to navigate difficult situations with constituents with radically different interests and chart a clear path. I whole-heartedly endorse Debbie for this position without any reservations. — Cammy Michel
Licensed Psychologist
I met Debbie when the board was closing ELMO. Her dedication to transparency and fairness is unparalleled. Debbie is very familiar with the Brown Act and Education Code and is not afraid to do her research. Debbie would be a great asset to the District and to the entire community. — Jessalee Mills
Debbie has been a passionate and thoughtful person over the years I have known her. We need her dedication to community  and ‘can do' spirit serving the West Sonoma County Union School District as an at-large trustee. — Glenn Minervini-Zick, CPA, MHA
Earle Baum Center of the Blind, Advisor and MedWave Software Solutions, Board Member
Debbie has an amazing knowledge of school board regulations and brown act requirements. She is level headed and wants what is best for our community. I believe she will put ALL our kids first!! She has my vote!! — Stefanie Stornetta
El Molino Ag Boosters President
Joelle Amand Barnard
Monty Barnard
Linda Block
Carol Brady
Kristie Cannady
Former President, Sebastopol Educational Foundation
Jeanne Chernila
Barry Chertov
Steve Conwell
Trishia Davis
Sherie Gradov
Gillian Haen
Ann Hamilton
Gail Hanson
Woody Hastings
Amber Rose Kofoid
Parent/ Alumni
Wendy Krupnick
Kenna Lee
Registered Nurse
Lynn Lott
Author, Positive Discipline series
Ron & Cathie Lunardi
Business Owner, Joe Lunardi Electric Co. Inc. & Retired Accounting Clerk at Harmony Union School District
Stefanie Maddocks
Tasha Mattison
Kara Mendez
Briana Millan
Suzi O'Rear
Alexa Pagonas
Ryan Rabellino
Ellisa Reiff
Catherine Romeo
Joan Schwan
Domenica Sheets
Geoffrey Skinner
Sara Snyder
Judy Tanner
Reneé Tchirkine
Rebecca Tiemens
Edward Tollefson
Virginia Tourady
Nichole Warwick
Programs Manager, Leadership Institute for Just and Resilient Communities at Daily Acts
Denise & Doug Wood
DW Enterprises, Forestville


Debbie Ramirez for School Board 2022  FPPC#: 1452253
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