Women vs. Men

24 Jun

Much has been made in recent months for the need of more women in politics, especially minority women, in the Tri-City area. This has especially intensified as the political season is going underway.
Some candidates have even taken the position that the reason they are not being supported is because they are a woman. To answer the question if this is true or whether it’s being regurgitated to solicit votes or create an issue, we undertook an analysis of the big boards in each town, the ones that make the majority of news clips – the City Council and School Boards.

Here are the numbers:

Fremont City Council:
Morrison, Harrison, Dutra – 3 men
Chan, Natarajan – 2 women (both minority)

Fremont School Board:
Gebhardt, Sweeney – 2 men
Wu, Mei, York – 3 women (2 minority)
Student Board Member: Tong – woman

Fremont Totals: 5 men vs 5 women (6 if you include student board member)
Minority women representation: 4 out of 5 = 80% (5 out of 6 if you include student board member = 83.3%)

Union City Council:
Green, Navarro, Ellis – 3 men
Gascoscos, Duncan – 2 women (both minority)
If Carol Dutra-Vernaci wins Nov 2012 (which is expected since no Richard Valle), then it will be 3-2 women:men

Union City School Board:
Canlas, Cheema, Matthews – 3 women, all minority
Dino, Ritchie – 2 men

Union City Totals: 5 men vs 5 women
Minority women representation: 5 out of 5 = 100%

Newark City Council:
Nagy, Freitas, Marshall – 3 men
Apodaca, Collazo – 2 women (both minority)

Newark School Board:
Mensinger, Rodriguez – 2 men
Thomas, Schaefer, Crocker – 3 women

Newark Totals: 5 men vs 5 women
Minority women representation: 2 out of 5 = 40%

Based on this, one can conclude that the representation of women and men is equal in local city councils and school boards. Further, one can deduce that minority women are represented in significant numbers in local boards.

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