Voters haven’t seen much of school board candidate Marne Foster on the campaign trail.

She wasn’t at the school board debate at Politifest.

Nor was she at last week’s school board candidates’ forum sponsored by UpforEd and the League of Women Voters.

She was invited to meet with the U-T San Diego Editorial Board, but the morning she was due to be interviewed, she emailed and canceled.

And she didn’t respond to numerous requests to take a stand on the crucial issues facing the San Diego Unified School District for our candidate report card.

Since handily winning June’s primary election, Foster has been largely absent from the political arena. She’s attended a couple of debates since June, including a forum hosted by the civic discussion group the Catfish Club. But while the other candidates have been grabbing as much face time as they can get, Foster’s been playing it low-key for the last few weeks.

Now, she says that’s all going to change. Foster said she’ll attend every debate between now and the Nov. 5 election, she told me last week.

“There’s one a week, and I’ll be at all of them,” Foster said.

This week, there are actually two debates. The first, organized by the NAACP, takes place at the Malcolm X Library on Market Street at 6 p.m. this Wednesday.

The second is on Thursday and is organized by The San Diego Unified Council of PTAs and the League of Women Voters. That starts at 6 p.m. at Marston Middle School in Clairemont.

Foster is confirmed for both.

The community college educator, who is running against retired administrator Bill Ponder to capture the school board seat being vacated by Shelia Jackson, told me her lack of visibility on the campaign trail hasn’t been intentional. She said the last couple of debates have just conflicted with her schedule.

To learn more about Foster, check out this Q-and-A with her, or take a look at her campaign website.

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

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

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