Only One Republican on Yucaipa-Calimesa School Board. Why?

The Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District is one of the most conservative areas in all of California. According to most recent voter registration reports, 48.2 percent of the 32,306 registered voters are Republican while just 26.1 percent are Democrats.

Yet, there is only one Republican on the YCJUSD.


Because the district stretches across the Riverside-San Bernardino County line, I had to call both registrars to confirm since they only have voter registration data for voters in their county.

Below are the five board members:

  • Jane Smith (Republican) Riverside County
  • Sharon Bannister* (Democrat) San Bernardino County
  • Chuck Christie (No Party Preference) San Bernardino County
  • Patricia Ingram* (No Party Preference) San Bernardino County
  • Jim Taylor (No Party Preference) San Bernardino County

*Up for re-election in 2018

In November of 2016, there were three seats up for election and only three candidates ran so the race wasn't even on the ballot.

In 2018, two seats will be up for grabs including one held by a Democrat.

What is clear is that the Yucaipa-Calimesa school board does not adequately reflect the community they represent. It will be interested to see if any grassroots coalitions work to ensure that more Republicans are elected to their school board.

These local elections are very important, yet often go ignored and fly under the radar.

To date, not one of these elected officials have publicly spoken out in support of our initiative to ban illegal aliens from public schools.​ And what evidence is there to suggest that any of these members are advancing an "American Children First" agenda?

Where do they stand?​

And will any "America First" nationalists run and put the education of our children first?​

Stay tuned...

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Joseph Turner is the founder and executive director for American Children First. He is a nationalist hardliner on illegal immigration issues and considered one of the foremost visionary and strategic thinkers in the movement. Previously, he founded the California-based anti-illegal immigration group Save Our State in 2004. He also authored the Illegal Immigration Relief Act (IIRA) in 2005 which served as the model blueprint for dozens of other cities, most notably Hazleton (PA) and Farmers Branch (TX). The IIRA is believed to have represented the first ever attempt to use the local initiative process to combat illegal immigration in the United States.

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