Dublin Unified School District (DUSD) voters will cast ballots in a June 4 special election to select a trustee for Area 4, to replace Joe Giannini, who resigned from the board Oct. 22.
The candidates are Gabrielle Blackman and Niranjana “Nini” Natarajan.
The replacement process has been a long one. Natarajan was appointed to the seat Dec. 11 on a 3-1 board vote. That decision was rescinded through a petition submitted to the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE). An election was called for June 4, because the petition contained enough valid signatures.
Blackman and Natarajan were publicly interviewed for the appointment. Trustee Dan Cherrier said that both candidates were good, but he preferred Blackman for her experience on the district's Local Review Committee in 2027.
Blackman ran in the 2016 election, finishing fourth in a field of five. There were three seats open.
Giannini, board President Amy Miller and Dan Cunningham, who resigned his seat effective March 1, were the winners in 2016. There will be an election in the fall to fill Cunningham’s seat.
In the board vote that appointed Natarajan, Miller, Cunningham and Megan Rouse said they liked Natarajan’s volunteer involvement in schools, and felt that as a relative newcomer living in East Dublin, she could bring a newer perspective to the board.
Natarajan attended four board functions. A group of residents challenged the appointment by circulating a petition that called for an election. The required 76 signatures were validated by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters. The trustees then rescinded Natarajan’s appointment.
Election polls will be open at 7 a.m. June 4, and close at 8 p.m. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by June 4, said a source at the County Registrar’s Office.