Colonial High School teacher Johanna López has become the first Orange County School Board candidate to qualify for the ballot.

López, a first-time candidate whose campaign began in December, submitted more than 1,230 petitions to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections on Monday for the District 2 contest, which is for an open seat. The elections office qualified her for the ballot late Thursday.

Her campaign said she had the assistance of more than 100 campaign volunteers. The campaign is fully run by her former students with the advice of teachers and community leaders, according to a news release issued Friday.

“As someone who has lived and worked in this district for almost 20 years, it is incredibly humbling to have the community’s support as we seek to bring fairness, empowerment, and safety to Orange County Public Schools. From the newly arrived students from Puerto Rico to the PTA mothers and teachers who believe that guns don’t belong in our classroom, this milestone wouldn’t have been possible without the work of every single person who has taken the time to volunteer for our campaign. Our grassroots movement is just getting started!” López stated in the release.

Also filed in the District 2 race, but not yet qualified by the elections office, are Sara Au, Jacqueline Centeno, David Grimm, Chadwick Hardee, and Eric Martin. The district covers much of east-central Orange County.

“Throughout this journey, I have been supported by an incredible campaign team of young leaders who believe that our community schools have the potential to be better,” López stated.

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