Chia-Ling Kong and Minh Ngo have pulled papers to run in the upcoming Special Election for the open Milpitas Unified School District Board seat.
The nomination period opened on Tuesday, November 12.
On Facebook, just hours after stopping by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters (ROV), Kong announced her intention to run, stating:
“Our children deserve to have the best education and environment to succeed. Together, we will give them the best opportunities, our teachers the best support, and our families a safe and stimulating environment in MUSD.
“Open and fair elections are the foundation of American democracy. I am glad that this morning, another candidate joined after me and also filed his candidacy to the school board. We encourage every qualified candidate to also run alongside us, with us, so that Milpitas voters and families can have the best choice possible and the best outcome for our children.”
On Ngo’s Facebook page, that same day, he announced:
“Day 1 of the campaign trail. Here at the Santa Clara Registrar of Voters to pick up my candidacy packet for the MUSD Board of Education trustee.”
On October 15, just several days after discovering the Special Election had been confirmed, Ngo had announced that he filed his Candidate Intention Statement with the ROV. Ngo, who was appointed to the seat on August 13, lost his position after the ROV confirmed petition signatures procured by individuals from the groups South Bay Eco Citizens and Better Milpitas. Both groups believe that the district made many missteps during the appointment process, and felt the appointment should have gone to Kong.
So far, no other candidates have expressed a desire to run.
The Special Election will happen on March 3, 2020.