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CUSD incumbents Guerrero, Romo removed by voters
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Teresa Guerrero and Edgar Romo, incumbent trustees of the Ceres Unified School District board, were soundly defeated in the polls Tuesday in what was likely the fallout of the controversial naming the new junior high school.

Guerrero and Romo were the chief proponents of breaking the precedent of naming schools after local residents who contributed to Ceres education and naming the new junior high school after Cesar Chavez. The decision angered many who were lobbying for the names of old farming families. It also stirred the angst of the ag community that has a disdain for Chavez, a farm labor union leader who died in 1993.

Guerrero was defeated by Valli Wigt, a popular teacher and west side farmer in a largely agricultural Trustee Area 3. Wigt received 362 votes, or 66.54 percent, to Guerrero's 178 votes, or 32.7 percent.

Lourdes Perez defeated Romo in Trustee Area 5. Perez collected 300 votes, or 66.96 percent, to Romo's 144 votes, or 32.14 percent.

Perez, 35, is program coordinator of Ceres Partnership For Healthy Children and former manager of the Ceres Drive-In and Flea Market. Both of her daughters attend Ceres schools.

Betty Davis, who taught in Ceres schools for over 26 years, remained safe in the at-large trustee area although the Chavez backlash may account for political newcomer Brian Kline coming close. Davis received 1,402 votes, or 55.22. Kline picked up 1,097 votes, or 43.21 percent.

Kline's campaign was dogged by rumors that he had ulterior motives in getting back at his dismissal as head coach of Ceres High School's boys water polo program in 2006 for an undisclosed reason. Kline contends that he didn't do anything wrong.

Davis, 67, has lived in Ceres for more than 40 years.

Wigt said many voters expressed outrage at the board over the Cesar Chavez name pick but went into the election not taking a victory for granted.

City Council incumbents remain safe

Ceres City Council members Ken Lane and Chris Vierra smoked their opponent in Tuesday's election by a wide margin.

Mike Kline failed to excite the electorate in his fourth unsuccessful Ceres political campaign.

Vierra came out on top with 1,413 votes, or 39.99 percent, followed by Lane who had 1,164 votes, o 32.95 percent. Kline received 926 votes, or 26.21 percent, to lose out.

Kline said the campaign was a good, clean campaign.