Nimish Patel Not Seeking Re-Election To SMMUSD Board

Monday, 23 Jun 2014, 1:28:00 PM

Parimal M. Rohit

SMMUSD Board Member Nimish Patel will not be seeking re-election in November.
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SMMUSD Board Member Nimish Patel will not be seeking re-election in November.

At a time of year when many people in

the City are filing hopeful candidacies for public office, on board member of

the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) made a “painstaking

decision” to not return to a seat he handily won just four years ago.

Board Member Nimish Patel announced on

June 23 he is not seeking re-election to the SMMUSD board this November.

Patel stated his is not seeking

re-election due to the expanded role as the Managing Partner of his law firm

and to be able to devote time to his family and his two children as they enter

the critical high school years at Santa Monica High School.

The school board could have at least

two open seats this November with Patel’s announcement, as co-member Ben Allen

is running for State Senate.

Elected to the SMMUSD board in November

2010, Patel that year was the top vote-getter and also raised the most amount

of money for his campaign.

The following is his formal statement:

“Deciding not to seek reelection was a

painstaking decision for me because serving on the Santa Monica Malibu Unified

School District Board has been one of the greatest honors of my life. But my

professional obligations have recently increased substantially, and I need to

make sure that I balance this with being an attentive husband and an involved

dad.  I am so grateful to my business colleagues and family for being

supportive over the past 4 years and giving me time to dedicate to public

service, one of the greater joys in life. 

I will always cherish the relationships

I’ve established with my fellow board members, the Superintendent and the

amazing district staff.  Most importantly I want to thank my constituents

from the City of Santa Monica and Malibu for their support and for

reaffirming why I love this community so much. Because public service is

something my family and I cherish, I intend to remain involved in the community

but in a different capacity.”

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