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MUSD Chooses Congressional Aid to Fill Vacant School Board Seat

A member of U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano’s (CA-38) staff has been sworn in to serve out the time remaining on a seat left vacant on Montebello Unified School District school board when Ed Chau resigned following his election to the State Assembly.

Benjamin Cardenas, pictured right, was sworn in as a provisional councilmember for the Montebello Unified School District on December 20 at the school board meeting. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Benjamin Cardenas was officially sworn in by Rep. Napolitano late last month following a special Saturday MUSD board meeting where school board members unanimously selected Cardenas to fill out Chau’s term. Cardenas currently serves as Napolitano’s district director.

Cardenas was provisionally appointed to fill the seat until the next scheduled board elections, which will take place in November.

Cardenas was sworn in for a second time during the last district board meeting in 2012, attended by a number of local city officials and district representatives who wanted to show their support.

After being sworn in by board member Gerri Guzman, Cardenas thanked the crowd and his family for attending the ceremony.

“I’m ready to start working,” he told the crowd. “All I pledge is that I will work hard.”

Board President Hector Chacon said in a press release announcing the newest board member that he believes Cardenas will be a strong advocate for students, parents and teachers.

“I am confident that he will complement the Board of Education by bringing forward innovative ideas from his career as a public servant,” said Chacon.

Cardenas also currently serves on the Eastmont Community Center Board of Directors. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles.