The following is a questionnaire sent out by The Bee to candidates for the November 2009 election. Candidates supplied the answers, and they are being published it their unedited form.
What is your full, legal name?
Susan Marie Zwahlen
What name do you prefer be used in print?
What office do you seek?
Modesto City Schools Board of Trustees
What is the primary reason you are running for this office?
My primary desire in pursuing this office is to give back to the community that has done so much for me and my family. I was born and raised in Modesto. My husband and I and all six of our children, including my youngest son, who is currently in high school, have been educated in Modesto City Schools. I am passionate about making a difference for our children and our future.
What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?
Safe schools that foster effective student learning will be my top priority. Our limited resources must be spent in a way that most directly benefits our students.
What sets you apart from the other candidates?
In a word experience. I have enjoyed giving a lifetime of service to the Modesto community. For 25 years I volunteered for Modesto City Schools in my childrens classrooms and in numerous other capacities. I served on the District Boundary Committee, the YCCD School to Career Grant Committee and on the site leadership team at Davis High School. I am currently the Vice President of the Board of Directors of Inter-Faith Ministries and have been an emergency room nurse for 33 years. All of these experiences have prepared me for this office.
Where do you work and what is your job title? (If retired, list position before retirement)
Doctors Medical Center Emergency Room, Registered nurse
What date were you born and where?
16 July 1954 at Modesto City Hospital, Modesto, CA
What is your spouse's name, if any?
What are the names and ages of your children, if any?
Rod (32), Troy (30), Tod (28), Jay (26), Annie (24), Aaron (14)
Please list the schools and colleges you attended, the degrees you attained and when.
Grace M. Davis High School 1972, diploma,
Samuel Merritt Hospital School of Nursing 1975, diploma
Have you ever held an elected or appointed public office? (Include dates and office title)
Have you run before for an elected public office? (Include dates and exact office title)
Approximately how much money do you expect to spend on your campaign?
Have you ever been convicted or charged with a crime other than a minor traffic violation? If so, please explain and include dates and locations.
Have you or a business you owned or had principal interest in ever filed bankruptcy? If so, please include dates and the location the bankruptcy was filed.