Former Rosemead mayor runs for school board


It seems former Rosemead Mayor John Tran just can’t stay out of the political ring.

Five months after losing his seat on the Rosemead City Council by just one vote, Tran is now trying for the El Monte Union High School District board, which serves parts of Rosemead.

Tran will be facing six candidates in the Nov. 3 race: incumbents Tonson Man, Carlos Salcedo and Theresa Velasco, and newcomers Ben Escobedo, Jane Myring and Steve Ortiz.

He also would have been facing former El Monte Police Chief Ken Weldon, who pulled papers to run on July 15. But Weldon must have had a change of heart — he never filed his nomination forms.

Tran served on the Rosemead City Council for four years.

He lost a bid for reelection in March, but didn’t give up that easy. He filed a lawsuit and challenged dozens of disqualified ballots, which resulted in four additional votes going to Tran.

But it still wasn’t enough to beat Councilwoman Sandra Armenta, who won by one vote.