Here’s a look at some of the other school board races that will be on the November ballot.


Area 1 trustee Keith Wolaridge is looking to continue his service on the school board which started in 2009.

Wolaridge is facing two challengers: Educator Elynor Cherie Olgin and pharmacy technician Amanda Low-Ken. Low-Ken, who works for Komoto Medical Pharmacy in town, was a late addition to the race, having filed her papers right at deadline this past August.

Olgin, a Bakersfield resident, has been working for the Lamont School District since 1990, starting as an instructional aide. She is now the projects resource director for the district. Olgin said this is the first time she has run for a school board.


Russ Shuppert wants to secure his first full term on the BCSD school board after being appointed to the board in 2017, filling the vacancy left by Andrae Gonzales, who left to become a city councilman.

Shuppert has a full plate. Besides being a board member he is also a social science teacher and a testing and truancy coordinator at East Bakersfield High School. He has been with the district since 2009.

Shuppert has one challenger in this year’s race, 41-year-old Bakersfield resident Michael Horne. 


RUSD board members Barbara Mettler, Blaine Geissel and Trish Froehlich are each hoping to continue their service by running for another term this November. All three have been on the board since 2006.

Mettler has been a substitute teacher and parent volunteer while Geissel worked as a teacher through the Kern County Superintendent of Schools. Froehlich was a teacher for the Kern High School District.

The incumbents will be facing opposition from a few newcomers: Kern County Supervisor Mick Gleason's chief of staff Leigh Ann Cook, educator Gary Kraucyk, retired educator Patricia Young and Golden Valley High School teacher David Lollar.


Similar to RUSD, three seats are up for grabs this November, as incumbents are running to keep hold of their seats. Amanda Frank is seeking her first full term after being appointed in 2017 to fill a vacancy. One-term trustee Cy Silver and 28-year trustee Jeffrey Stone are vying for new terms.

Delano Union Elementary School District Academic & Behavior Remediation Specialist Christi Dugas-Cramer, McFarland High School Vice Principal Justin Derrick and California School Employees Association Labor Relations Representative Martin Mejia are challenging the incumbents.

The Norris School District is located in the far northwest part of town in the area of Calloway Drive and Snow Road.


Current board members Heather Fallis, Theresa Clear and Gaby Schmidt are running for re-election this year. 

The trustees are facing some stiff competition. Farm manager Travis Fugitt, retired teacher Glen Ogden, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County Program Director Cathleen Gandara and farmer Alan Banducci are running. 

The Lakeside Union School District consists of two elementary schools just southwest of Taft Highway, between Highway 99 and Interstate 5.


Board President Candy Goessman is running to retain her seat on the school board and is facing one challenger — KHSD School Support Services Coordinator Kyle Wylie. Goessman has served one term on the board since being appointed in 2014.

The Greenfield Union School District is located in the southeast area of Bakersfield.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to correct information about the Lakeside School District race. 

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