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Saugus school board candidate withdraws from race

Posted: August 1, 2013 11:30 a.m.
Updated: August 1, 2013 11:30 a.m.

Valencia resident Bruce Fox has decided to withdraw his candidacy for the Saugus Union School District board, citing uncertainty around a potential new job.

Fox, a lieutenant with the Glendale Police Department, told The Signal Thursday he is in the running for police captain’s job elsewhere and does not want to commit to a campaign when he might not be able to fulfill the time commitment for the board.

“I thought I would know if I got the job by now, but it’s looking like the results of that won’t happen until after the filing period closes,” Fox said.

Candidates for the November elections have until Aug. 9 to make their candidacy official by submitting paperwork to the Los Angeles County Office of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Fox’s withdrawal whittled down the Saugus district board race to four candidates at the moment.

One non-incumbent, Saugus resident Chris Trunkey, has decided to run against the three incumbents seeking re-election to the board — Doug Bryce, Paul De La Cerda and Judy Umeck.

If he does not get the captain’s job, he may look to run for an appointment or in a special election to fill the seat of former board member Stephen Winkler, which was declared vacant by the board in June after evidence surfaced Winkler lived outside the boundaries of the Saugus district.

The Saugus district will not be able to hold a special election to fill Winkler’s position in November but is still examining how to fill the seat, according to district officials.
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