Union Staff Report
McKINLEYVILLE – Husband and wife candidates John and Mary McCarthy will get to serve together on the McKinleyville Union School District Board of Trustees.
In Tuesday’s election, the McCarthys took second and third place in the race for three seats on the school board, which oversees Morris, Dow’s Prairie and McKinleyville Middle School.
The top vote-getter was McKinleyville native Tim Hooven, who took a commanding first place lead, with 1,229 votes, or 28.20 percent. Trailing the incumbent were challengers John McCarthy, with 1,077 votes, or 24.71 percent, and his wife Mary McCarthy, with 1,053 votes, or 24.16 percent.
Coming in fourth place, and getting bumped from the board, was incumbent candidate Justin Zabel, with 973 votes, or 22.33 percent.
The election results still need to be verified and approved before they are final.
Hooven is a lifelong McKinleyville resident, having attended Dow’s Prairie Elementary, McKinleyville Middle School, and Mack High before studying small business at College of the Redwoods. He is currently the treasurer at Hooven and Co., a McKinleyville-based general engineering contractor.
Billing themselves as “The McCarthy Educational Team,” the John and Mary McCarthy share nearly identical educational backgrounds, work histories, and goals for the district. In a joint statement, the McCarthys ask the rhetorical question: “Can a husband and wife team run for the same school board, be elected, and serve at the same time on a five-member school board? The answer is ‘YES.’”
They have earned two Master’s degrees apiece, one each from Bakersfield State University and Fresno Pacific University. They both also have Associate of Arts degrees from Ventura College and Bachelor of Arts degrees and teaching credentials from Fresno State, as well as additional credentials in administration and language arts. Mary has her J. D. (law) Degree from San Joaquin College of Law.
In addition to teaching multiple elementary grade levels, John has served as a principal at four different schools over the course of 12 years.
Mary has taught multiple elementary grades, served as an administrator, and, after getting her law degree, served as the school attorney for Visalia Unified School District. Both have served as Title 1 resource teachers for needy students.
As a teacher, Mary has worked on contract negotiations, and as an administrator she has worked with school budgets. As a school attorney, she has experience working with the superintendent and school board, including writing board policies. Both of them are also very familiar with California’s Brown Act, which requires transparency for School Board matters.