The Fresno Teachers Association likes democracy so much it just can’t stop holding elections.
Last June the union’s first election for the presidency resulted in a 2 to 1 margin for incumbent Eva Ruiz over her nearest challenger, Mai Summer Vue, but just short of a majority, so a runoff was held in July.
To everyone’s surprise, Vue won the runoff, 491 to 440 (the union has more than 3,000 members). Ruiz persuaded the FTA executive board that something was amiss, and the board called for a third election, which Ruiz won, 613 to 369. When the results were announced, Ruiz called police to have Vue removed from her office.
The California Teachers Association investigated the whole kerfuffle and decided the solution was to conduct a fourth election.
Now the results are in, and Ruiz was declared the winner… by two votes, 453 to 451. Twenty-five additional votes were invalidated.
Vue said there are grounds for a challenge. “But I don’t know if I want to drag our members through another election,” she said.