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It's time for a change.

Elisa Martinez is and has always been devoted to the people. That’s what being a Political Candidate is all about. Explore the site to learn more about the issues that Elisa Martinez is concerned with, her plan to tackle the problems and ways you can join the cause.

Campaign Updates

Letter from the Candidate

Hello Friends, Family, and New Friends:

My name is Elisa Martinez, and I am running for Newark Unified School Board. I have two children in Newark schools, a 4th grader at Birch Grove Elementary and a 7th grader at Newark Junior High.

Over the 25 years I’ve lived in Newark, I have observed a significant decline in the overall performance of our schools and a subsequent decrease in enrollment, as parents choose to send their kids to private or charter alternatives. As a strong believer in public education, I feel that a change is needed to improve our children's education and that is why I am running for NUSD school board.

For too long the school board has been complacent with the status quo and has not advocated for what is best for our children. In contrast, I am committed to driving a culture of excellence in our Newark schools for the sake of all of our kids, and will work with all stakeholders to bring about much needed change to our district.

I will actively work with parents, teachers and our community in a rigorous but transparent process where we all have a voice before decisions are made and where you can hold us accountable for results.

I will work with the NUSD School Board to ensure we are taking all necessary steps to retain highly qualified teaching staff. Fostering a culture of cooperation, where our educators have an active voice in setting the direction for our students, is key to the success of our schools.


My general management experience has taught me the realities of developing and working within a budget. I will develop a budget that prioritizes our schools’ most pressing needs and ultimately spend our taxpayer money wisely and in the best interest of our students. I will focus on ensuring that our funds are spent:
- directly on our schools’ infrastructure
- in our classrooms to reduce class sizes
- in selecting the educational/vocational curriculum that best meets the needs of our student population
- on programs that provide for our special needs students and on the expansion of after-school enrichment programs

I enthusiastically and respectfully ask for your vote this November.

- Elisa Martinez


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