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Guerrero, Kline locked in CUSD race
The race for Ceres Unified School District's at-large trustee seat, which was vacated by 2011 Ceres City Council candidate Eric Ingwerson, features former Ceres School Board member Teresa Guerrero and 2001 Ceres High graduate Brian Kline.

Kline, a fourth-generation Cerean, ran unsuccessfully against Betty Davis for an at-large seat in Ceres Unified School District in 2009. Brian earned 41.1 percent of votes (1,363), compared to Davis' 57.3 percent (1,900).

Brian, 28, works as a legal process server for several companies, including AAA California Document Services in Ceres. Kline has been an assistant water polo coach at Oakdale High School for the past two seasons. He worked for Ceres Unified for two years as a P.E. instructor for elementary students.

"We had a superintendent (in Walt Hanline) who was dedicated to raising test scores and building new schools," Kline said. "We need to work on getting everything else raised up. I have some ideas. I'm hoping to bring a new look to the way the district goes about spending and saving money, and preparing for the future. I want to get more kids and parents involved. I want them to take more pride in the district."

Guerrero, 56, previously served on the Ceres School Board from 2005 to 2009 before being ousted. She was defeated by Valli Wigt by a margin of 494-250 in Trustee Area 3 two years ago.

Guerrero and other board trustees successfully endorsed and campaigned for Measure U in 2008. The $60-million bond issue helped pay for the construction of Ceres Unified's new junior high school and other improvements.

"When I did serve on the board, we got a lot of good things accomplished," said Guerrero, executive director of the non-profit Parent Institute For Quality Education. "We prevented our district from laying off a lot of people. We always looked out for all of Ceres and the community. People want to see immediate results. Ceres is moving forward."

Kline and Guerrero will continue to lead busy lives from now until election day.

The race could go either way.

"I definitely think it's going to be competitive," Guerrero said.

Said Kline: "It's going to be close. I hope I win."

Jim Kinard and Faye Lane are both uncontested for re-election.