Sonoma County Office of Education

Candidates for County Superintendent of Schools Outline Priorities at SCOE Forum

04/29/2022 -

All three candidates for Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools outlined their priorities and philosophies for an audience of Sonoma County Office of Education employees and partner agencies at an April 26, 2022, candidates forum.

With current Superintendent Dr. Steven D. Herrington set to retire at the end of 2022, the three candidates for the election being held June 7, 2022 are:

  • Ron Calloway, superintendent of the Mark West Union School District
  • Dr. Amie Carter, assistant superintendent in charge of education services at the Marin County Office of Education
  • Brad Coscarelli, principal at Hidden Valley Elementary School in Santa Rosa
  • The candidates addressed employee-centered issues such as declining enrollment and layoffs within SCOE’s special education programs. They also discussed broader questions surrounding student mental health, the challenges of attracting and retaining qualified staff, and the role of the County Office in assisting the region’s 40 school districts.

    A video recording of the forum can be viewed online at

    The forum at SCOE’s Teacher Learning Center followed several other April candidates events that also can be viewed online:

  • A forum held by Cradle to Career Sonoma County on April 7 can be viewed by clicking here.
  • The special education Community Advisory Committee held a forum focused on special education on April 12. You can view it here, using the password X0AfX#+j to gain access.
  • An April 14 online forum hosted by Los Cien Sonoma County can be viewed on the organization’s YouTube page.
  • An April 18 forum organized by the Sonoma County chapter of the National Organization for Women is viewable at this link.
  • Voting by mail in the race begins May 9. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote in June, the top two candidates will advance to a runoff election on Nov. 8, 2022.

    For more information about the race, visit the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters website.