Longtime Orange County School Board Member Daryl Flynn has endorsed Sara Au to succeed her in the District 2 seat up for election this year, Au’s campaign announced.

“Please join me in supporting Sara Au for Orange County District 2 School Board member,” Flynn stated in a news release. “Sara has proved herself to be a leader and a fighter for our community. She is bold, tenacious, dependable and hardworking. Her depth of knowledge on education issues is clear. Her articulation on how she will approach solutions is well thought out. With several new members soon to arrive on the school board, Sara’s ability to build collaborative relationships will allow her to immediately become a persuasive and influential voice for her constituents at the board table.”

With Flynn leaving after 12 years on the school board, a wide-open race has emerged for her successor. In addition to Au, Jacqueline Centeno, David Grimm, Chadwick Hardee, Johanna Lopez, and Eric Martin are campaigning for the post.

If no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote in the August 28 election, the top two will move on to a November 6 showdown.

Flynn cited Au’s background as a businesswoman, parenting author, community advocate, and mother of two teens in declaring that Au leads the list in experience, knowledge and abilities.

“She’s managed the Orange County Public Schools’ Partners in Education program and is currently on the media relations team, each of which is a role that requires extensive community outreach and responsiveness,” Flynn stated in the release. “Au won the Children’s Empowerment Award for 2018, the Adele Graham Award for promoting volunteerism in schools across the state in 2015 and is a founding member of the Avalon Middle Relief School community group. She is running for the school board to ensure District 2 schools remain strong and innovative.”

Au also has received the endorsements of former School Board Chair Judge “Rick” Roach, former School Board Member Linda Southerland, and former U.S. Rep. Patricia Schroeder, among others.

“Continued leadership on the school board is crucial. Voters have enthusiastically elected Daryl Flynn three times to represent them because she delivers. I am honored to have her support,” Au stated in the release. “My experience as a parent and community advocate, combined with my years at the district office working with nearly every school and department, prepares me to serve productively on Day One.”

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