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School Board Member Terry Will Run for Rancho Cordova City Council

Donald Terry will run for Rancho Cordova City Council, he announced Friday.

The Sacramento City Unified School District Trustee who represents Rosemont will not seek reelection this fall, and instead will run for Rancho Cordova City Council.

"As much as I love being a school board member, I think this is a new challenge and a new opportunity, and I'm really excited about it," Donald Terry said in a phone interview Friday.

Terry said he has been endorsed by current Rancho Cordova City Council Member Ken Cooley, who is running for State Assembly, as well as Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Member Roger Dickinson.

In a letter announcing his plans to run for city council, Terry said he would bring "common sense leadership and experience in creating real economic development" if he's elected.

He said he plans to campaign for city council in much the same way that he approached running for school board: by knocking on doors and asking people what issues they care about.

"I didn't run for school board with all the answers, and I'm not running for city council with all the answers," Terry said.

He added that he'll make sure to bring a strong education focus to the city council if elected, and would partner with school districts and share resources for after-school and other programs.

Terry said he will most likely endorse a candidate for his current school board seat, but said he's not sure who will be running yet.

SCUSDParent April 27, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Donald Terry was not a good candidate for school board and he is an even worse candidate for City Council. No one in their right minds would vote for him if they ever had to work with him. He is irrational, arrogant and self-serving. The only good thing about him running for city council is that he will no longer be ruining things on the school board.
Rosemont Mom April 27, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I hope a strong candidate runs against him. No disrespect to Mr. Terry, but Rancho Cordova needs people on the city council who are interested in tackling the city's problems, not just using the seat as a stepping stone. I don't mind people moving up the political ladder, but please accomplish something first or demonstrate that you are a good representative. Donald Terry is neither.
Cody Kitaura April 27, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Hi Rosemont Mom, Are there any specific issues where you disagree with Donald Terry's actions? Or is there something you were hoping he would have been able to accomplish on the school board?

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