Local teachers are challenging the authenticity of city council candidate Dulce Vasquez’s self-proclaimed occupation as “educator” and called on Vasquez to stop misleading voters with her ballot designation.
“She’s not an educator,” said elementary school teacher Ingrid Villeda. “Simply put, Dulce Vasquez disrespects our schools, teachers, and our community with her actions.”
Dulce Vasquez is seeking to unseat Councilmember Curren Price in the upcoming Council District 9 election.
Vasquez grew up in Florida, lived and worked in Illinois and is currently employed by Arizona State University. The official ASU website and recent professional resume both list her job title as “Director of Strategic Partnerships.” In this role, Vasquez “is responsible for developing strategic university-wide partnerships and alliances.”
Additional responsibilities associated with her job at ASU include “managing special projects,” and interacting “with Fortune 500 companies” according to Vasquez biographies at the Los Angeles County Business Federation and Pacific Council on International Policy websites.
A review of candidate nomination documents Vasquez signed and submitted to the Los Angeles City Clerk show that she claimed “educator” as the occupation to be listed next to her name on the ballot, instead of her current job title.
“Dulce Vasquez needs to stop misleading voters about her occupation,” said local high school teacher William Morales. “If she won’t do the right thing, I hope city election officials step up and set the record straight.”