Franklin Pierce School District

Director Dist. 5

One candidate running for this position responded to our questionnaire:
Antonio (Tono) Sablan

One candidate did not respond to our questionnaire:
Cole Roberts
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Sanctuary Status

Do you support Sanctuary Status for the area you would represent? Please explain.

Antonio (Tono) Sablan

Yes

Yes. It’s important that all of our students feel safe and welcome on our campuses. However, this is not currently the case with executive orders from the new federal administration. I support the rights of undocumented students in our schools and support their right to a quality education.

PCYD & WA Democrats Resolutions

What resolutions from PCYDs or the WA Democrat State Party do you align with?
(PCYD: Decline to Sign I-1552, Petition: Tacoma City Council: Protect Undocumented Immigrants #HereToStay)

Antonio (Tono) Sablan

I align with the opposition to I-1552 and I also align with protecting the rights of undocumented citizens.

Goals & Needs of Constituency

If you could achieve three accomplishments in your coming term, what would they be?

Antonio (Tono) Sablan

1. Strive for equity in our schools and develop a tangible plan of action as it relates to equity.
2. Advocate for our students to receive an education that will adequately prepare them for life in the 21st Century.
3. Ensure responsible expenditure of monies from the recently approved Franklin Pierce Schools Bond.

What are the top five needs of your constituency?

Antonio (Tono) Sablan

1. Better connections to local social resources (housing, food access, etc.)
2. Tools to best prepare students for to lead meaningful lives in this generation.
3. Equitable representation (leaders that look like our community members).
4. More transparent communication and a seat at the table
5. Learning facilities that are built for this era.

Connecting with Young People

How do you plan to involve the voices and needs of young people?

Antonio (Tono) Sablan

Our students do not have enough representation at our school board meetings. I hope to actively include students and young folks into the decision making process (perhaps even holding a board-level position). It's also important for the school board to make strides to listen (and act) to what our students have to say.

Police-Minority Relations

Do you have any plans for improving police-minority relations? Please explain your response.

Antonio (Tono) Sablan

Yes

Yes. As School Board Director, I believe that I can make some serious impact on the relationship between students and school Community Resource Officers (CRO). I hope to facilitate meaningful conversations around the role a CRO plays in our schools. I hope to help foster a good relationship between students and their CRO.

Homelessness

How will you advocate for the homeless population? Including in regards to city camp sweeps and voting rights?

Antonio (Tono) Sablan

In a school board position, I would be uniquely positioned to advocate for students that are involved with McKinney-Vento. I would be a fierce advocate for maintaining this act.

Net Neutrality & Internet Privacy

Would you advocate for Net Neutrality on a Federal Level? Please explain your response.
Note: There was an error when creating the questionnaire that originally required a 2250 character response. Any additional characters candidates added as filler only have been removed.

Antonio (Tono) Sablan

Yes

Yes. Considering my limited scope on net neutrality, I think that it’s important for folks to share the content that they want without being bothered. However, this is of course barring hate speech, illegal acts, etc.

How would you protect people in your area from having their info sold through ISP?

Antonio (Tono) Sablan

I do not have a specific plan to ensure that folks in my area don't get their personal information sold through ISP. However, I am an advocate for internet privacy rights and will support measures that attempt to meet this goal.

Incumbency, PCYD's Involved & Campaign Consultants

Are you an incumbent to this position?

Antonio (Tono) Sablan

No

Do you have any staff from PCYDs currently working or volunteering for you? If so, what are their names?

Antonio (Tono) Sablan

Yes

Cecile Lancaster

What consultants for this current campaign have you worked/collaborated with?

Antonio (Tono) Sablan

Austin Beiermann: Campaign Manager, Jp Avila: Communications Director