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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Poway Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee

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John "Chas" Moriarty

7,747 votes (6.03%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To make sure that all students in the district are achieving.
  • To ensure that a strong leadership team is selected to lead the district.
  • To sound fiscal decisions to support learning and achieving.



Profession:Retired Elementary Principal
Teacher and Principal, San Diego Unified (1977–2009)


California State University, Fullerton Master's in Special Education (current)

Community Activities

Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children, Voices for Children (2010–current)


I have had over 35 years in the educational community. I hold a Master's degree in Special Education and three teaching credentials.  I have taught as a Special Education Teacher, Regular Education Teacher, a trainer of teachers and as a principal of a elementary school.

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 John "Chas" Moriarty:

Presently, Poway Unified does not qualify for this funding.  Our role as a school board is to ensure the funding that the district does receive, is spent according to state guidelines. We have to make sure that the public has access and input into how the money is being spent in the district.

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

What is the most significant challenge facing the Poway Unified School District, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?
Answer from John "Chas" Moriarty:

The district has lost the trust of the public with the school board and the leadership of the district.  We have to return the focus back on students and learning.  We have to find a new superintendent and leadership team that will bring respect and trust back to the district. We have to establish in-depth conversations among the board and created guidelines for future proceedings.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a candidate for a school board, I have no political philosophy. My main priority is to ensure that all students in the district receive the support they need to achieve to the best of their abilities.

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