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7 elected to establish college
7 elected to establish college
Title7 elected to establish college
Date1959-01-28
SubjectAdministration
Governing Board
Founding
Original sourceWatsonville Register Pajaronian
RepositoryCabrillo College Archives
Copyright statementCopyright Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, all rights reserved. Used with permission.
TypeNewspaper articles
Format14w x 22h inches
IdentifierSC11_4a.tif
TextThe new junior college district, embracing Santa Cruz county and north Monterey county, had its first board of trustees Wednesday. Voters who bothered to go to the polls Tuesday - only 19 per cent of the 43, 000 eligible - elected these seven members to represent geographical areas: Carl Conelly, real estate and insurance man who has worked 10 years for formation of a junior college district, to represent the San Lorenzo district. Albert W. Rice, insurance man who spearheaded the successful junior college campaign in Santa Cruz, to represent that area. Keith Shaffer, nurseryman and land developer, to represent the Soquel, Live Oak, Happy Valley and Mountain area. Arthur L. Hubbard, engineer and manager of the Lockheed missile test base, to represent the Empire Grade, Bonny Doon, Davenport, Pasatiempo, Scotts Valley and Mountain area. Marguerite Blaisdell, veteran Watsonville school trustee, to represent the Watsonville district. Only Chamberlain was unopposed. Outside his district, 15 candidates were contending for six posts on the board. Narrowest margin of victory was held by Conelly, who topped Dr. Edwin C. Browne, retired educator, by only 77 votes. Conelly had 3, 592 votes, Brown 3, 515, and a third candidate, Herb Seal, 669. In their home territory of San Lorenzo valley where schools and Conelly have both been controversial, Conelly led by only three votes. He failed to carry the Soquel area or Watsonville, but edging out Browne in the remaining five areas. Rice had the most definite victory, polling 4, 206 votes to 2, 361 for Erva Jan Bowen, social worker, and 828 for Robert L. Schratz, Lockheed worker. Hubbard polled 3, 704 votes to lead the other three-candidate field, defeating Dent Snider, attorney and former unsuccessful candidate for district attorney, who had 2, 405 votes, and Helen H. Weaver, who had 1, 477. Mrs. Blaisdell fared poorly in southern Santa Cruz county, but picked up enough votes in the northern areas to win election. She had 3, 861 votes to 3, 621 for Dr. L. C. Bechtel, optometrist. Hyde won election with a margin picked up in the southern part of the county, where he was ahead in all areas. Three of the four northern areas gave most their votes to Forrest Murdock, Aptos, returned president of El Camino junior college
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