Komrosky Recall and Area 2 Vacancy Will Go Before Temecula Valley Voters This Year

The recall election for Temecula Valley Unified School Board President Joseph Komrosky has been scheduled for May 28, 2024.

One Temecula Valley PAC submitted 5,236 signatures in December. The Riverside County Registrar of Voters verified the organization had collected enough valid signatures last month.

Komrosky was elected to the board in 2022. He was part of a new conservative majority that took over during the height of the so-called parental rights movement, with backing from the local Evangelical 412 Church. That majority enacted a torrent of controversial decisions, including a ban on Critical Race Theory, the firing of a former superintendent, a new parental notification policy for trans students, and the elimination of a social studies textbook – a move the board was ultimately forced to backtrack on. During the debate over the social studies textbook, Komrosky made headlines for referring to the late Harvey Milk as a “pedophile.”

Jeff Pack, co-founder of One Temecula Valley PAC, says recall organizers are trying to combat “a very real and dangerous threat to local governance posed by political and religious extremists.” Critics say Komrosky and the board’s other right-wing members have pursued political objectives at the expense of education.

Komrosky’s potential recall follows the departure of another conservative member of the board, Danny Gonzalez. The board has already lost its right-wing majority, at least temporarily. If Komrosky is ousted, it would deal a blow to religious conservatives and the parental rights movement.

The divided board interviewed eleven candidates last week but was unable to agree on a replacement for Gonzalez. That means voters will also be picking a new trustee for Area 2. A date for that special election has not yet been set. 


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Thursday, March 28, 2024 - 09:07

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