Elected Officials

  • Congressman Sam Farr (Retired)
  • Senator Bill Monning, Senate District 17
  • Jane Parker, Monterey County Supervisor District 4
  • Christopher Lopez, Monterey County Supervisor District 3
  • Jenny McAdams, Pacific Grove City Council Member
  • Carmelita Garcia, Former Mayor Pacific Grove
  • Bill Kampe, Former Mayor Pacific Grove
  • Beth Shammas, Former Pacific Grove Unified School District Board Trustee
  • Brian Swanson, Pacific Grove Unified School District Board Trustee, Incumbent
  • John Paff, Pacific Grove Unified School District Board Trustee
  • Jon Wizard, Seaside City Council Member
  • Yuri Anderson, Monterey Peninsula Community College Trustee
  • Dr. Amanda Whitmire, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District School Board Trustee
  • Robert C MacDermid, Director No. 2, Central KItsap School District Board of Directors


  • Monterey County Democratic Party
  • Democratic Women of Monterey County
  • Monterey County Weekly (quote to right) 
  • Monterey County New Progressives

Education Community

  • Dr. Pam VandeKamp, Director of Assessment and Accountability, Pleasanton Unified School District
  • Gail Root, B.S. Child Development, Founder and Coordinator Parents’ Place, PG Adult School, 28 years
  • Michelle Daggett, Project Specialist, County Office of Education
  • Aina Gessaman, Retired Speech/Language Pathologist
  • Amanda Baird, Special Education Teacher
  • Glynis Barrett, Special Education Teacher
  • Alma Loredo, Parent Organizer
  • Robin Pelc, Lecturer, CSUMB
  • Nancy Sorensen, BA E.C.E., MA Education, Preschool Teacher
  • Claudia Wilde, Retired Teacher
  • Alex Jenner, MA Education
  • Jane Narelle Montes, Teacher
  • Kelly San Filippo, Teacher
  • Katie Whitman, M.A., CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathologist
  • Jessica Thompson, Higher Education Policy Expert
  • Amy Killett, Instructional Aide
  • Sarah Boyle, Early Childhood Education Teacher, Interior Designer
  • Laura Otero, Instructional Technologist
  • Randi Buckley, Associate Dean Concordia Language Villages
  • Jamie Jameson, MA, CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathologist
  • Tara Sluyter, MA, BCBA
  • M Robinson Brooker, Education Specialist
  • Debbie Anthony, MA, Counselor/Instructor, Monterey Peninsula College
  • Jeanie Detomaso, Retired Pacific Grove Unified School District Teacher
  • Nikki Heuffmeier, Masters in Teaching

“Carolyn Swanson is a rare find: A school board nerd who has kids in the district and has been studying up for this election for years. Her knowledge of the school district is based on her attendance at meetings over the last six years as well as her experiences as a parent. In dialogue she comes across as both a leader and a consensus builder. Swanson says the board should do a far better job of articulating its goals to the superintendent and communicating its activities to the parent community.”

– Endorsement by Monterey County Weekly, October 8, 2020

“It is my privilege to recommend Carolyn for a seat on the PGUSD School Board. Her knowledge, skills,and passion for advocating for families is unparalleled. Carolyn has thought long and hard about the commitment it takes to be an effective board member; she has attended countless board meetings and is well qualified for the position. Families in Pacific Grove schools are fortunate indeed to have Carolyn dedicated to serving them.”

– Gail Root, B.S. Child Development, Founder and Coordinator Parents’ Place, PG Adult School, 28 years

“Carolyn Swanson is committed to our community and youth. As our School Board Trustee, Carolyn will bring a fresh perspective to the PGUSD leadership as a mother of a special needs child who is passionate about public education and being a voice for all Pacific Grove families. Ms. Swanson has already demonstrated her commitment to transparency, our students, and will serve our community well.”

– Jenny McAdams, Pacific Grove City Council Member

Community Members

  • Rebecca Pieken
  • Brandi Lamb
  • Mary Peitso
  • Tanina Oglesby
  • Katie Raquel
  • Katie Annigoni
  • Sam & Julie Peterson
  • Michelle Emilio
  • Taresa Blair
  • Michelle Findlay
  • Jessica Hare
  • Sharon Thompson
  • Sophie De Beukelaer
  • Veronica Miramontes
  • Kelly Hartwell
  • Meghan Tolbert
  • Jackie Burns
  • Steven T. Polkabla
  • Susan & Ken Stempson
  • Jack Wray
  • Edwin & Joanie Marticorena
  • Jennifer & Chris McNary
  • Lisa Ellen Miller
  • Gianina Bristol
  • Melanie Rowe
  • Charmaine Illenberger
  • Dana Marshall
  • Dionne Ybarra
  • Barbara McHale
  • Julie Lorenzen
  • Julia Triplett
  • Margaux Gibbons
  • Maury Treleven
  • Teresa Hilleary
  • Jessica Hare
  • Catherine Griggs
  • Elizabeth Gonzales
  • Joy Colangelo
  • Andrea Ballard
  • A.B. Introcaso
  • Viveca Lohr