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Alpine Union School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Louis Russo

Retired Teacher
3,132 votes (23.56%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Smaller class size
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Safe schools



Profession:Retired Teacher
Instructional Designer/Curriculum Development, TIE Today, Inc. (2012–current)
Member, Alpine Community Planning Group — Elected position (2004–current)


San Diego State University California Administrative Credential, Education (2005)
National University MA, Education (2001)
National University California Teaching Credential, Social Studies (2001)
Westminster College BA, Political Science (1974)


Louis F. Russo

Louis Russo is a Quality Assurance Representative currently employed at Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, California.

Mr. Russo was born in New Castle, PA.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Westminster College and was commissioned an officer in the United States Marine Corps.  He attended The Basic School at MCB Quantico and underwent flight training at NAS Pensacola.  Upon obtaining his Naval Aviator wings he reported to Camp Pendleton, CA for duty as an AH-1 Aviator.

Over a twenty year career, Mr. Russo served in AH-1 fleet squadrons, aviation headquarters, infantry battalions, on the staffs of combat training units and retired as the Provost Marshal at MCAS Yuma, AZ.  His awards include two Meritorious Service Medals.

Upon his retirement, he obtained his Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate in both fixed and rotary-winged aircraft.  He flew corporate aircraft, including turboprop, jet and rotary-wing, and spent time in Saudi Arabia instructing Royal Saudi Navy aviators.

In 1999, Mr. Russo attended National University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Education and a California Teaching Credential.  Over the next ten years he taught high school social studies as well as coached track and cross country runners.  He also attended San Diego State University in San Diego, earning an Administrative Credential to be a high school principal and performed additional postgraduate work at the University of San Diego.

For the last 6 years he has been a U.S. Government Contractor providing curriculum development, instructional design and quality assurance for military courseware including courses for the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and Special Operations Command.


He currently lives in Alpine, CA, is married to a retired U.S. Army Reserve RN and has two children, including one at Grand Canyon University in Glendale, AZ.  He is an avid runner and cyclist.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (3)

  • The Republican Party of San Diego County
  • East County California Republican Assembly
  • The Salt and Light Council

Individuals (2)

  • Fraternal Order of Police San Diego Lodge #10
  • The Honorable Ron Nehring

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools. What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Louis Russo:

Outreach to ALL stakeholders via meetings, newsletters and website.

Questions from League of Women Voters of San Diego (1)

What is the most significant challenge facing the Alpine Union School District, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?
Answer from Louis Russo:

Alpine Union School District has spent $1 Million in lawsuits, money that should have been spent in the classroom.  I will press to cease all legal cases to conserve these funds.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Putting Alpine’s kids first is my campaign slogan and heartfelt dedication.

Alpine is a beautiful community and like you, I consider our children to be most precious and deserving of all of our efforts. Alpine Union School District is in need of school board members who are willing and able to provide the schools our children deserve.
I will strive to obtain smaller class sizes, fiscal responsibility and safety.

As a retired teacher, I am acutely aware of the role class size plays in the quality of education our children receive and I will press for small size.

I will ensure we spend the money the taxpayers have provided in a fiscally responsible manner, in the classrooms. You provide tax money for our children and I will fight to have it spent directly on their needs.

Finally, Alpine and the world has changed since you and I attended school. Our community has grown, and with it, traffic. I am proud to have been the guiding force behind the lighted crosswalk at Alpine Elementary and the solar powered traffic signs at Joan McQueen. As a board member I will push for further safety enhancements, including a crosswalk for our middle school.

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