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PUSD Parent And University Professor Dr. Yarma Velazquez Announces Candidacy For Pasadena Unified District 7 Seat

Published on Thursday, January 13, 2022 | 6:44 am

PUSD parent and university professor Dr. Yarma Velazquez is the first candidate to begin her campaign towards becoming the next school board member representing District 7. The election will take place on November 8.

This year the district will hold plurality elections for the first time in modern history. The top vote getter will win the seat even if they receive less than 50.1 percent of the election.

In past elections if no one received more than 50 percent of the vote the top two vote getters moved to a runoff election.

Dr. Velazquez is a third generation educator and resident of the San Rafael neighborhood where her son and daughter attend San Rafael Elementary. She is a tenured professor at California State University Northridge.

To date, Velazquez has raised over $13,000 to support her campaign. If elected, she will be the first Latina school board member in Pasadena history.

Yarma said, “I believe in the power of public education to transform the lives of students and our community. We need proactive leadership and board members who have current and direct experience with the schools engaged in the future of our community. As a mother and educator, I will provide leadership that is responsive to our community, fight for education equity, and stand up for students, teachers, and staff to have a safe healthy environment to thrive.”

For more information about Yarma and her campaign, please visit

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