Gilbert F Lujan Political party: Democrat Job: I have worked for 29 years with the Department of Water Resources at the San Luis Field Division. My job title is: Sr. HEP Utility Engineer (Supervisor)
Wife: Elsie T Lujan
Children: Adrian Esteban Lujan
Education: Instituto Tecnologico de Chihuahua; University of Texas at El Paso; California State University Sacramento. Graduated in 1979 with degree in Electrical Engineering. Military service: No
Past public office: Appointed to the board for two years, 2002 and 2003
Past campaigns for office: I ran for election during the November elections in 2003 and successfully was elected to the Board to the present time.
Campaign budget: none
Have you ever been convicted or charged with a crime other than a minor traffic violation? No.
Have you or a business you owned or had principal interest in ever filed bankruptcy? No.
What is the primary reason you are running for this office? To represent all children and our community during the decision-making process to support decisions and implement solutions on behalf of all children. I believe that all children deserve equitable opportunities, high quality education, safe learning environment and resources for them to achieve success academically and socially. I am committed to support and to collaborate with all board members and school administrators to adopt policies, set directions and provide solutions to improve learning skills that will benefit all children in their academic performance.
What will your single most important priority be if you get elected? Implement and support proactive strategies to close the achievement gap for our students in the Patterson Unified School District. Provide much better choices in nutrition for them to be healthier and to assure safety for all children in our schools.
What sets you apart from the other candidates? Twenty two years of living experience in Mexican culture, and thirty two years of living experience in the United States gave me the skills and ability to understand diversity and human behaviors from both cultures. I am bilingual. I speak and write fluently both languages, English and Spanish; therefore, I am capable to communicate and understand their needs, personal habits and trained behaviors which are supported by issues and opinions, specially in a school district such as Patterson School District with approx 65% enrollment of Latino students. Twenty nine years of practicing in the professional engineering field with upward mobility (supervising control systems technicians, elect-mechanical technicians and drafting unit). I consider myself as cautious, honest, consistent, logical, compliance-seeking, friendly, loyal, truthful, confident and ambitious.