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Three people are running in the Nov. 2 election to represent the Moreno Valley Unified School District’s Trustee Area 4.

The school board seat opened in June, after member Marsha Locke announced she had moved out of the district and was stepping down. The board voted to hold a special election to determine who would complete the rest of her four-year term. Trustee Area 4 is on the east side of Moreno Valley, between Alessandro Boulevard and Box Springs Road.

We asked the candidates questions about the budget, the biggest issues facing the district and the continuing challenge of the coronavirus pandemic. Here are their answers.

How would you ensure the district’s budget is balanced?

Brandy Clark: A budget is a statement of values, and we need adequacy in core services while addressing our evolving needs. A balanced budget involves working collaboratively to understand previous or current goals, assess priorities and create an inclusive process that engages stakeholders and our community.

What is the biggest issue facing the school district and what would you do to address it? 

Clark: The biggest issue we need to tackle is equity, as it is symbiotic to other matters concerning our children. This is rooted in my seeking public office to be a voice for families and identify where we rethink service delivery, but mindful of our impact on every child entering our classrooms.

What can be done to ensure the safety of students and staff on campus as the coronavirus pandemic continues? 

Clark: The pandemic has impacted us all, and collectively, we must plan to address the dynamics of the learning environment and student needs. We must work with the community to administer a plan that is inclusive but prioritizes safety. We must come together; our children are looking to us for leadership