A parent may throw his hat into the ring for the San Diego Unified school board race. Stephen Rosen, a business owner whose two children attend Jerabek Elementary in Scripps Ranch, has filed papers to potentially run against incumbent school board member Katherine Nakamura.

“I’m still trying to assess whether this is something I want to go after, if this is how I want to effect change,” Rosen said. “But I’m flabbergasted with the state of the state. We’ve lost perspective with regards to priorities.”

Rosen, who described himself as a conservative Democrat, is the second competitor to line up against Nakamura, following Sweetwater middle school teacher Kevin Beiser. Nakamura has been elected twice and has been a dissenting voice on the school board since November, often going up against the teachers union.

Rosen said he grew interested in running for school board after Jerabek lost a teacher because of dropping enrollment. He said parents weren’t communicated with properly. He wasn’t sure whether he would have cast any votes differently than Nakamura, but said he would have been more proactive in getting parents involved.

Even if he doesn’t ultimately run, Rosen said he will get “much more involved” in the school district from this point forward.


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