Lawsuit Update



I have great news regarding Ina Bendis' lawsuit against us. 

A judge ruled today that all but a couple of words on my ballot statement were allowed to stand. Instead of battling out the minor changes in court, I made a recommendation to Ina and she accepted. The biggest edit was stating I was the “volunteer Chair” of the District Science Fair instead of just saying I was the “Chair” (I actually like “volunteer Chair” better!).  

I am pleased that we won the lawsuit and the case is now closed. 

However, I am still unsettled about Ina Bendis’ attempts to bully us. Her actions show why there is so much at stake for our kids and the School Board this November. We will not accept that status quo, even as our opponents do everything in their power to stop us. 

It’s important that we build on the momentum of winning this lawsuit and carry it to Election Day. Please make a donation today (we still have legal fees to pay) and/or volunteer to contact voters on our behalf - to make sure they know that our kids' future is at stake.  The election is in just a few short weeks.

In case you didn't see it, click here to see our press release regarding the lawsuit.

Thank you for your support. You continue to give me strength and I know that together we can win this election. 

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Fighting back for our Schools

I want to update you on an important development in our School Board campaign. Incumbent School Board member, Ina Bendis, has filed a ballot statement lawsuit against me and an anonymous resident challenged my ballot designation with the Registrar of Voters.

This is hardball politics at its worst. In my view, Ina Bendis is trying to bully us into removing critical language about the Board’s performance and attempting to get us to spend precious campaign resources on legal fees.

Click here to see our press release with a statement from me and a summary of events. We released it today.

Thankfully, we already prevailed in the ballot designation challenge. According to the Registrar’s office, I provided the necessary documentation to ensure that my “Teacher/Parent” designation stayed on the ballot. Now a judge will rule on Bendis’ ballot statement lawsuit either Thursday or Friday. I have retained an attorney to help me during these proceedings and will let you know the outcome.

I knew this School Board race would be tough, and you have given me strength on the campaign trail. I ask you to keep standing with me by making a donation or volunteering to help during this critical time.

It’s clear the opposition will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo on the School Board. We know that can’t happen for our kids. Please help today.

Thank you for everything you’ve done for this campaign and for everything you’ve done for our schools.

Best Regards,

Jodi Muirhead

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PTA Award

I was honored last Monday night to be presented this year’s PTA Honorary Service Award from the Santa Clara Unified PTA Council.  One person is selected from the entire school district to receive this prestigious award.  It was a privilege to be recognized for my time and effort over the last 3 years to keep the district-wide science fair going after it had to be canceled by the school district. 

I am proud to be recognized by the PTA Council.  Note, PTA does not endorse candidates.  

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An Exciting Ten Days

It has been an exciting 10 days since I sent out the announcement of my candidacy for Santa Clara Unified School Board.  Since that time, my website went live and received over 2000 hits.  My facebook page went live, and hundreds of people have viewed and shared information about my campaign.  The number of followers on Twitter  is steadily climbing, as is the number of community members that have given me endorsements.  My current list of endorsements can be found on my website.  Please join my campaign by adding your name to the growing list.

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