In a Facebook post this morning, educator and former school board member Patricia Martinez-Roach declared her candidacy for the District 2 Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors seat vacated by George Shirakawa’s resignation on Friday.
In last year’s June primary, Martinez-Roach ran for ran for the San Jose City Council District 8 seat held by held by Rose Hererra and was supported by Supervisor Dave Cortese, the South Bay Labor Council and the San Jose Police Officer’s Association. She was edged out by Jimmy Nguyen, who lost to Herrera in the November 6, 2012 runoff.
In the November general election, Martinez-Roach also lost her seat on the East Side Union High School District board, trailing Magdalena Carrasco and Lan Nguyen in a close race. There could be a rematch of sorts, as sources tell San Jose Inside that Carrasco is also considering a run for the supervisor seat, which would require her to move into District 2.
Martinez-Roach holds a master’s degree in Administration of Administration and Higher Education from San Jose State University. She has been a school teacher for 34 years in the Franklin-McKinley school district. In addition to her 13 years on the board of the East Side Union High School District, she served nine years on the Alum Rock School District board.
Her full statement read as follows:
I am announcing today that I will be a candidate for the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors vacancy. District 2 has been my home since 1966 when I attended William C. Overfelt High School. I received my MaEd/Adm and elementary teaching credentials from San Jose State University. I am a proud public schoolteacher in Franklin-McKinley School District for the past 39 years (soon to retire). When I became involved as a young and single mom in politics, little did I know that I would become the firs Mexican-American woman to serve on the Alum Rock Union School District Board of Trustees. I am proud to have served East Side Union School and Metro ROP/CCOC boards. I have always been driven to help those in need and was appointed to many been City of San Jose commissions. My community involvement is vast and rooted in the principle of giving back instead of thinking that I’m entitled. I have worked for all that I have and I am proud of my accomplishments against all odds.
Running for public office is never easy and I know there will be tough days ahead. I also know that good conquers evil and I pray for guidance and strength to see me through yet another campaign. I do so, knowing that George Shirakawa ‘s work and dedication to his district and community could never be replaced-only continued…with your help and support.
Patricia Martinez-Roach speaks at the Labor Temple in June 2012, surrounded by unsuccessful council candidates Brian O’Neill and Steve Klein and labor leader Cindy Chavez.