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Forum with OUSD Trustee applicants

Updated: May 4, 2023

Forum for eight applicants for two open school trustee seats

The Ojai Valley Democratic Club and the Ojai Valley News will be jointly holding a forum for eight Ojai Unified School District (OUSD) trustee applicants on Sunday, May 7, 2023 from 3:30-5:30 at Kent Hall (111 W. Santa Ana St.). Doors open at 3 pm.

A total of 8 applicants have applied for two open trustee seats, four each for Trustee Areas 2 and 4. The Club has invited all eight to speak briefly and answer questions from the audience. This event will be livestreamed on the Ojai Valley News Facebook page.

The applicants for Area 2 (Meiners Oaks and Mira Monte) include Blair Braney, Lynne Goldfarb, Darris Lange, Daniel Mora and Eric Solecki. Area 2 trustee Rebecca Chandler resigned on March 28. The applicants for Area 4 (south of Ojai Avenue) include Claire Azzam, Margaret Rogers and Kathy Smith. Area 4 trustee Shelly Griffen resigned on March 27. The applications are posted on the OUSD website.

All the applicants will be interviewed by the three remaining board trustees at a special public board meeting within the next several weeks. The date for that meeting has not been set. The district has until May 26 to make these selections.

Ojai Valley Club President Jeffrey Starkweather and Ojai Valley News Publisher Laura Rearwin Ward will moderate the forum. If you have questions you would like asked of these candidates, you can send them to

The event is open to the public.

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