As previously reported, San Joaquin County Office of Education Superintendent Mick Founts announced last week he is not running for a second term. His announcement came less than two months after he announced plans to seek reelection. Founts, 59, has provided no explanation and yesterday in an email reiterated that his lips are sealed.
Immediately after Founts’ announcement, Founts’ recently retired deputy, Gary Dei Rossi, announced his candidacy, as did New Jerusalem School District Deputy Superintendent Jeff Tilton. The election is next June.
Yesterday, I asked Stockton Unified Superintendent Steve Lowder if he might throw his hat in the ring. His response: “I am not running for Founts’ job. I don’t want to. I’ve got lots of work to do here. That’s why I came here, to do lots of good work here.”
Lowder has been SUSD’s superintendent for 14 months. In January, he received a contract extension through 2016-17.