County deputy superintendent seeks top county educator job
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Oct 24, 2013 | 2612 views | 3 3 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The deputy superintendent of San Joaquin County schools, James Mousalimas, has announced his candidacy for the top educator position.

The 57-year-old said his background makes him a good candidate for county superintendent of schools, an elected position that appears on the ballot every four years.

“I think, clearly, if based on my experience and qualifications, I’m the most qualified person for this position,” Mousalimas said. “I’m passionate about serving our students, all students in our county.”

A Tracy resident, Mousalimas has strong ties to the city, having been a Tracy Unified School District employee for 10 years before working more than five years at the county level.

At TUSD, he was an office administrator, director of alternative education and assistant superintendent of human resources.

Mousalimas oversees a broad assortment of educational programs as deputy superintendent, including special education, Common Core implementation, state preschool, three charter schools, court and community schools, career and technical education, migrant education and science camp. He is the president of four charter school boards.

Mousalimas earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Education in administration from College of New Jersey and an administrative services credential through California State University, Stanislaus.

Also seeking the superintendent position are Dr. Gary Dei Rossi and Dr. Jeff Tilton, who announced their candidacy in August.

Registered county voters can cast their vote for superintendent during the statewide primary on June 3.

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March 03, 2014
There is also a woman running in this race, an she is conservative, and against Common Core. Her name is Lydia Gutierrez.
October 24, 2013
Jaime Mousalimas is an exemplary educator and a manager. He is alsoa family man with three daughters and a wonderful wife. It is my honor to sponsor and support him for this position. As many of you know I am a long time criminal prosecutor and I support Jaime Mousalimas because I know he has the vision to educate our youth and steer them away from trouble - Which not only helps society but reduces my ridiculous case load. I think he is a great guy from Tracy and will be an excellent choice for the superintendent of the County Office of Education.
October 24, 2013
Mousalimas is a wonderful, dedicated educator and administrator. (and a really nice guy and family man)

The County would benefit greatly from his leadership and vast experience.

Don't let this opportunity slip by- vote James Mousalimas in as superintendent June 3!

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