After a close election and more than two weeks of counting votes, incumbent Chris Jackson will remain on the City College of San Francisco board of trustees.
Jackson narrowly defeated challenger Amy Bacharach to secure the fourth open seat on the seven-member board. He will join incumbents Steve Ngo and Natalie Berg as well as newcomer Rafael Mandelman on the board for four-year terms.
Jackson received 91,069 votes compared to Bacharach, who received 90,485, according to final results released last week.
Now that the count has been completed, Jackson said he and the other trustees can focus on the future of City College.
“I’m happy,” he said. “I feel fortunate we have another four years to move the college forward.”
City College is in the midst of drastic changes to its operations and structure after a scathing report from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, which found numerous violations during its visit last spring. The college must address 14 recommendations for improvement by March 15 or risk losing its accreditation.
A separate report released in September by the state Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team found numerous problems with the way the college handles its finances. The college must make changes in order to remain fiscally solvent.
City College did get an additional boost, though, during the election with the passage of Proposition A, a parcel tax that will benefit the school, and Proposition 30, which will provide money for higher education.
Jackson said addressing these issues and being good stewards of the new revenues are important to the college.
“Now that we have revenue, we have no excuse not to have our fiscal house in order,” he said.
Though she was defeated by nearly 1,000 votes, Bacharach said she was proud of the campaign and efforts made during the election.
“Considering how close I came, it’s a testament to my qualifications and how much people are really paying attention to this race,” she said.