Lodi's Taj Khan didn't have to worry about much of a campaign strategy this year even though his seat on the San Joaquin Delta Community College Board of Trustees was up for re-election.
Khan has only been on the board for two years, but his term was up because he took over Maria Elena Serna's Area 4 seat after she resigned in January 2009.
Khan, a retired engineer who represents Lodi on the board, ran unopposed this year and is guaranteed another team. His name won't appear on Tuesday's election ballot and neither will North Stockton (Area 3) Trustee Janet Rivera, who also ran unopposed this year.
The 2010 Delta election is a stark contrast from 2008, when four seats were open and all four were contested.
There is one Delta race on the ballot, as Fredrick Wentworth and Lisa Turner are vying to replace Ted Simas as the Area 7 Manteca-Escalon representative. Simas is retiring after 16 years on the board.
Wentworth, a former educator who lives in Manteca, spent almost 20 years as the superintendent of the San Joaquin County Office of Education before retiring in July.
"I have spend the last 43 years in education in San Joaquin County, so I thought (running for the Delta Board of Trustees) would be positive thing to do," Wentworth said. "I am looking to the opportunity to work for students. I know about the community college system and about the K-12 system, and I think I can bring experience."
Turner, who lives in Lathrop, is a business woman who owns and runs a drug and alcohol recovery center, Alternative Solution, in Stockton with her husband.
"I am running for Delta Board of Trustees because I believe we should all participate in the restoration of ourselves, our family and our community. So for me this is a good place," she said. "From this seat I can support change and development of education from early childhood to higher learning. I believe the people parish for lack of knowledge. I want to be part of the process of bridging the gap."
Wentworth said Delta needs to focus on finding a permanent president that is vested in the community and also needs to work on setting its priorities with a clear vision for the future laid out in a strategic plan.
Turner would like to see the trustees work better together with more transparency while better managing bond funds and providing students with more options to better prepare them for four-year institutions.
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