FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- After spending six years in the Silicon Valley as a teacher and principal Yuritzy Villasenor said she is excited to be back in the Valley. She said she hopes to make positive changes if she is elected to the Fresno Unified School Board.
"I've been in education for more than 10 years and I understand the great needs that are in our district and are in education holistically," said Yuritzy Villasenor, trustee candidate, Dist. 2.
Villasenor is running against Elizabeth Jonasson Rosas for Luis Chavez's seat in the Roosevelt High School district.
Rosas is Chavez's fiance.
The Fresno State faculty member works for the Economic Opportunities Commission in Fresno and said she is focused on expanding vocational education, support services, and community input.
"We really need to do a better job of including our parents, teachers, community members in our processes, whether it be budget or determining which programs work or not," said Rosas.
Janet Ryan's retirement from the board in the Hoover High School area has two candidates vying for her open seat.
Claudia Cazares launched her campaign a year and a half ago. She works for Granville Homes and has experience with community development for both the city and county of Fresno.
"The hot button issue is fiscal transparency through fiscal responsibility and fiscal transparency. We can bring the right tools to the classroom, right tools to teachers and improve our grade levels."
Jack Jarvis recently jumped out of retirement and into the race, as well.
Jarvis just finished up 26 with Fresno Unified as a teacher, principal, and coach and believes the district needs to put it's focus back on students.
"I have a lot of expertise in fiscal management and budgets. When I was principal at Hidalgo, I had a $750,000 budget I managed and we were the best equipped school in the district and we spent all our money on the kids."
The open seats come at a time when Fresno Unified's Board has become divisive on a number of issues including whether to support a $225 million dollar school bond.
Voters in Fresno will be choosing two new faces for the Fresno Unified School Board