For a couple of weeks now, the conservative political blog has been calling on all-comers to throw their hats into the race for the San Diego Unified school board.

Last week, the blog lambasted school board President John Lee Evans for having raised no money at all for his re-election campaign. Blogger Jim Sills urged anyone interested to run against him.

Your correspondent can’t recall another major local incumbent raising nothing as their re-election year began. That’s not a misprint: -ZERO-. So now who in Clairemont, Mira Mesa, University City or Bay Park wants to compete with Mr. Evans and become a School Trustee?

Seems like people were listening.

Two new candidates have filed to run against incumbents Evans and Richard Barrera.

According to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, Evans is to be contested by Mark Powell, who labels a Republican. Barrera will also be challenged, by Daniel Baehr.

I don’t really know anything about either candidate. I’ve called the Registrar of Voters to get some contact information for them, and I’ll be blogging throughout the upcoming campaign and introducing you to each candidate in turn.

In the meantime, check out my recent Q&A with Bill Ponder, who is running for the seat that will be vacated by outgoing trustee Shelia Jackson.

In other news, the Registrar of Voters does not yet have filing paperwork from Gerald Brown, the other candidate who has expressed his interest in running for Jackson’s seat.

Brown seems to have disappeared. I’ve called his office and his cell phone several times and left him numerous messages but he’s not responding.

Rev. Brown: Are you still running? Get in touch!

Will Carless is an investigative reporter at currently focused on local education. You can reach him at or 619.550.5670.

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Will Carless

Will Carless was formerly the head of investigations at Voice of San Diego.

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