BY Bianca Heyward July 17, 2022
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Beverly Hills resident Judy Manouchehri has announced her candidacy for the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) school board in the upcoming November 2022 election, vying for one of two open seats. A parent of three district students, Manouchehri graduated from Horace Mann Elementary School, where she served as student council president, and then from Beverly Hills High School (BHHS), where she served as associate student body president. While candidates cannot formally file a case with the Los Angeles County Recorder’s Office until July 18, Manouchehri is the second to declare her candidacy so far. Last week, board member Rachelle Marcus announced she would be running for her second term. The terms of Marcus and Gabriel Halimi, who were appointed last year after the resignation of Tristen Walker-Shuman, both expire in December.
“The quality that I think I can bring to the board is a bridge builder, being a conduit to families,” Manouchehri told the Courier.
“And continuing much of the progress made over the past 30, 60 and 90 days to increase transparency and accountability with bond funds and facilities. Based on my experience as a construction real estate lawyer, these areas are my expertise, and I would be happy if my own community could benefit from my personal and professional experiences.
Manouchehri has practiced construction and real estate law since 2005. In the district, Manouchehri volunteers on the board of trustees of the PTA of Beverly Vista Middle School as a parliamentarian and as an elected member of the Hawthorne School Site Council, a state-mandated committee that meets to discuss the school’s plan, goals, and designated budget.
Although this is her first run for an elected school board seat, she is not an unfamiliar face. As of November 2021, Manouchehri was one of seven candidates interviewed by the board to fill the post vacated by Walker-Shuman. Eventually, Halimi was named an interim board member.
“I am a hard worker,” Manouchehri said in a July 11 statement. “I believe the council needs to regain the trust of the community. We are at a time when we need to operate with full transparency and consistent communication. »
Priorities outlined in his campaign include improving rigorous academics, ensuring safe, healthy and modern facilities, and the safety and security of the BHUSD community.
“I think the neighborhood should be the crown jewel of the city, and it would be an honor for me to be part of this lawsuit,” Manouchehri told the Courier.
Manouchehri will hold his campaign launch event on August 28 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., with details to come.