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CEPS Announces its Endorsements for 2024 Election

Community for Excellent Public Schools has announced its  candidate endorsements for the November, 2024 City of Santa Monica General Election.


CEPS is pleased to wholeheartedly support the following exceptional candidates:


Santa Monica City Council:

  • Dan Hall

  • Ellis Raskin

  • Barry Snell;

  • Natalya Zernitiskaya.


Santa-Monica Malibu Unified School District Board:

  • Jon Kean

  • Maria Leon-Vazquez

  • Jennifer Smith


Santa Monica College Board of Trustees

  • Anastasia Foster

  • Rob Rader

  • Margaret Quinones


All of these candidates have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to public education in our community. At a time of challenging budgets, especially at City Hall, if elected these candidates will assure continued City funding for SMMUSD; for essential after school programs; and for safe, low-impact routes to schools.


We at CEPS believe preparing our youth for the future is vital if we are to combat housing insecurity, crime and the rampant spread of misinformation. Learning should be lifelong, starting with early childhood development and extending into old age. These candidates value education as highly as we do, so we urge the voters of Santa Monica and Malibu to cast their ballots for them this fall. 


About CEPS:

We are a coalition of parents, community members, education activists, alumni, teachers, and current and former elected city officials committed to the preservation and betterment of Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. For two decades CEPS has successfully campaigned for increased local funding, generating more than $35 million annually in extra operational revenues for SMMUSD. That's over $3,500 additional dollars per student, per year


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