Mousalimas considering run to replace Founts

As previously has been reported, Superintendent Mick Founts’ decided last month not to seek a second term as the top official at the San Joaquin County Office of Education. Immediately afterward, Founts’ recently-retired second-in-command, Gary Dei Rossi, announced he would run for the position, as did New Jerusalem Elementary official Jeff Tilton.

But Dei Rossi said earlier this month he was “reevaluating” his run. Dei Rossi reiterated today that he is still pondering his candidacy.

Now we can add another ponderer to the list: James Mousalimas, who earlier this year moved into Dei Rossi’s job after Dei Rossi retired.

“I’m an educator, not a politician,” the 57-year-old Mousalimas said today. “But the idea of serving the county’s students and families is appealing. I am considering it but I haven’t made a final decision.”

Asked if his decision was incumbent upon what Dei Rossi decides, Mousalimas said, “Any decision I make will be a very personal decision.”

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