Four-year veteran of the Santa Barbara School Board Lynn Rodriguez announced this week that she will not seek reelection this November. Citing personal reasons – specifically, her two children – the former president of the board officially removed herself from the race for two seats on the five-member board. The other seat up for grabs belongs to eight-year boardmember Dr. Bob Noel, who also recently declared himself ready to fight for a third term, despite indicating last month that he was inclined not to run. Noel said his change of mind resulted from hard lobbying from constituents who feel the ever-watchful boardmember’s “straight talk about schools” is a unique and valued addition to the district’s governing body. In her announcement, Rodriguez expressed support for Adams Elementary parent Kate Parker, who filed her candidacy papers earlier this month. With a filing deadline of August 11, Parker and San Marcos High School parent Suzanne Cawthon are the sole non-incumbents to have officially thrown their hats in the ring.

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