Though he’s yet to decide whom he’s endorsing in the District 5 runoff, J. Manuel Herrera will indeed be running to retain his long-held East Side Union High School District Board Trustee seat next fall.
When Herrera hoofed it to the County of Santa Clara Registrar of Voters Office to pull his papers earlier this month, however, whom did he discover in line ahead of him? None other than former East Side Superintendent Bob Nuñez.
Turns out that Nuñez has also thrown in his hat for a spot on the embattled school board, where trustee Frank Biehl’s, Herrera’s and board president Eddie Garcia’s seats are all up for grabs. (As an aside, we hear Garcia has had complications following his June heart attack and is still in intensive care.)
Herrera says he and Nuñez chatted congenially about the World Cup while in line. Considering that Nuñez has been hovering around the East Side Board like a (ahem) fly ever since getting unceremoniously ousted amid a swirl of controversy last October, the news that he wants to get back on the board is somewhat unsurprising.
Nuñez has already won the East Side Teachers Association endorsement, having been outspoken at board meetings on his concerns about fraud and intimidation within the district—particularly taking issue with East Side associate superintendent of facilities Alan Garofalo. Curiously, Garofalo quietly retired from the district on July 1, after having his contract renewed by the board on May 10. He gave one week’s notice.